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J. D. SPANG.
GAME BOARD. l No. 271,530. Patented Jan.30. 1883.
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NITED STATES PATENT OEEICE.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters-.Patent NO. 271,530, dated January 30, 1883.
Application tiled December 28, 1882. (N o model.)
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, JAooB DAEING SPANG, ot Jacksonville, in the county of Duval and State of Florida, liaveinvented a new and useful Improvement in Game-Boards, of which. the following is a full, clear, and vexact description, reference being had to the annexed drawings, forming part of this specitication.
This invention is an improvement on the game-board shown and described in Letters Patent N o. 148,995, which were granted to me under dateot March 24, 1874.
In the drawings, Figure vl is a plan View of the gameboard. Fig. 2 is a longitudinal section of the same, and Fig. 3 is a view representirig the board folded.
The game-board represents a portable toy race-track for field and parlor amusement, in which A indicates the race-lield, track, or platform, which is inclined when in use, and s urrounded by a mimic fence or inclosure, B. C is the starting-station, in which balls D are placed to represent horses, and the balls are severally marked, so that one can be distinguished from another. The number ot' balls is to be optional; but I prefer to use thirtysix. The gate E, instead of being hinged to the bottom ofthe track, asin my former invention, is adapted to slide in grooves ce in the walls of the inclosure B, so that it can be lifted to let the balls pass under it and roll down the track by the force oftheir own gravity. As the balls pass out from the station C they will first encounter posts F, arranged in transverse rows, with the posts of one row ont of alignment with those of another. lThe balls will be retarded more or less by the posts, as well as diverted from their course, but will all come to the cross-hurdle G, up and over the inclined surface ot' which they will roll and pass on between another series ofposts, F', arranged like those above described. Sonie of the balls are likely to be thrown to one side or the other of the track, and to prevent them from remaining at the side I provide posts F2,-ar ranged in rows inclined toward the center of the track, by which the balls may be guided inward toward the main portion of the track. A second hurdle, Gr', is arranged at or near the mid-length of the board, over which the balls will be conducted to a section in which are a series of stops or stables, H, arranged in transverse rows, in the manner of the posts F and F. Some' of the baJls` will be caught and 'detained inthese stops,-fwhile others will escape, though interrupted by the intermediate posts, F3, and pass over the third and last hurdle, G2, to another section having stops El, arranged in the manner already described. Most of the balls will be detained in thestops, while one or more will probably reach the goal I. Those that succeed in reaching goal I will not arrive simultaneously, but successively, thus enabling the one arriving rstto be accountedv the Winner a-nd to score the highest number or count in the game, while others are allowed a count according totheir relative time of arrival. At thesides ofthe first section of stops are two other series of guide-posts F2, adapted to turn the balls inward from the sides in the manner above set forth.
The hurdles G G Gr2 are constructed of sheet metal bent in the forms shown and secured to the surface of the track. Around the edges of the hurdles may be inserted stakes or pegs K to increase the similitude to an ordinary race-course.
What I claim as new isl. The combination, with the board, the balls, the posts, hurdles, andstops,ot` the posts F2, arranged in rows inclined inward toward the center ofthe board, as and for the purpose described.
2. The combination, with the board having inclosure B, provided with grooves c e, of the gate adapted to be lifted to let the balls pass, substantially as shown and described.
JACOB D. SPANG.
. En C. STEWART,
. A. H. RIGBY.