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Publication numberUS2721082 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 18, 1955
Filing dateJun 14, 1954
Priority dateJun 14, 1954
Publication numberUS 2721082 A, US 2721082A, US-A-2721082, US2721082 A, US2721082A
InventorsHunold James L
Original AssigneeHunold James L
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Number game apparatus
US 2721082 A
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Oct. 18, 1955 .1. l.. HUNOLD 2,721,082

NUMBER GAME APPARATUS Filed June 14, 1954 3 Sheets-Sheet l I Ill IN1/Emol@ JAMES L. HUNOLD BY l s,

Oct. 18, 1955 .1. L. HUNOLD 2,721,082

NUMBER GAME APPARATUS Filed June 14, 1954 5 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR. JAMES L. HUNOLD Oct. 18, 1955 J. L. HUNOLD 2,721,082

NUMBER GAME AEPAEATUS Filed June 14, 1954 3 Sheets-Sheet 3 50,/ JNVENTOR.

JAMES L. HUNOLD BYW United States Patent() NUMBER GAME APPARATUS James L. Hunold, Neshanic Station, N. J.

Application June 14, 1954, Serial No. 436,521

12 Claims. (Cl. 273-138) This invention relates to games. More particularly, the invention has reference to a game device wherein rotation of a game board is elfective to set into operation a vertically reciprocable mechanism for causing ball elements to drop into radial alleys extending to the periphery of the board.

One important object is to provide a novel means for effecting gravity feed of the ball elements to radially extending, inclined ramps, through a cam action adapted to eect up-and-down movement of a feed cylinder into and out of registration with the outlet of a container for the ball elements. Another object is to so design the container and the vertically shiftable feed cylinder as to permit the container to be formed in the simulation of an animal or bird, with the container being rotatable with the game board, While the feed cylinder is being held against rotation but is being shifted vertically.

A further object is to provide in the container an outlet means adapted to permit gravitation of ball elements therefrom into aV relatively small opening of the feed cylinder in all positions to which the container is rotated relative to the cylinder, whenever said opening of the cylinder shifts vertically into the plane of the container outlet means.

Still another object is to incorporate in the structure an improved cam means associated with the vertically shifting feed cylinder mechanism, including spaced cams secured to said mechanism and cam-engaging wheels mounted upon the rotary portion of the game board in positions in which the wheels will ride over the cams to cause a vertical movement of the feed cylinder mechanism responsive to the rotary motion of the game board.

Yet another object is to include in the mounting for the feed cylinder mechanism means for eifecting predetermined vertical adjustments of said mechanism relative to the rotary part of the structure.

A further object is to include in the structure a removable cover piece bearingsuitable pictorial, numerical, and other playing indicia, with the cover piece being removable along with the ball element container for substitution of a new piece and new container, bearing diferent indicia and a dierent container shape, respectively, this being provided for the purpose of increasing the versatility of the game.

For further comprehension of the invention, and of the objects and advantages thereof, reference will be had to the following description and accompanying drawings, and to the appended claims in which the various novel features of the invention are more particularly set forth.

In the accompanying drawings forming a material part of this diclosure:

Fig. l is a top plan view of the game device, portions being broken away.

Fig. 2 is a side elevational view.

Fig. 3 is an enlarged, detail sectional view substantially on line 3-3 of Fig. l.

Fig. 4 is a sectional view, drawn to the same scale as Fig. 3, taken substantially on line 4-4 of Fig. 3.

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Fig. 5 is a sectional view through the ball element container taken on line 5-5 of Fig. 3.

Fig. 6 is a vertical sectional view through said container substantially on line 6-6 of Fig. 5.

Fig. 7 is an enlarged, detail sectional view on line 7--7 of Fig. l.

A solid, flat, horizontally disposed, circular base 10 is formed with a vertical, smooth-walled center bore 12 communicating at its upper end with a counterbore 14 opening upwardly through the flat top surface of the base, and communicating at its lower end with a frusto-conical concavity 16 opening downwardly on the underside of the base. Counterbore 14, at its inner end, has a portion 18 of noncircular, as for example hexagonal, cross section, and complementing the portion 18 and iitting snugly therein is an inner nut 2t) held against rotation by the noncircular portion 1S. An outer nut 22 is engaged against the inner wall of concavity 16. The lower end of a vertical, elongated, externally threaded post 24 extends through bore l2, and within counterbore 14 and concavity 16 is threadedly engaged by nuts 20, 22, respectively. In this way, the post 24 is stationarily mounted on base 10, extending upwardly therefrom, with the post being adjustable vertically to any desired extent by loosening of the nuts 20, 22 for elevation or lowering of the post as desired, with the nuts being retightened after the adjustment has been made.

Seated in counterbore 14 on nut 20 is a ball bearing 26, and secured to one race of the bearing and supported thereupon is a flat, circular washer 2S circumposed about but out of engagement with post 24. Washer 28 is secured to the underside of the central portion of a flat bottom plate 36 of substantially greater diameter than base 10, the bottom plate having a center opening through which post 24 extends. In this way, the bottom plate is mounted for free rotation upon base 10, about the stationary post 24. The center opening of the bottom plate has been designated by the reference numeral 32, and secured within opening 32 is the lower end of a sleeve 34 surrounding the post, the sleeve rotating with the bottom plate and having a smooth-walled axial bore the surface of which is wholly out of Contact with post 24.

Fixedly mounted upon bottom plate 30 is a series of radially extending partitions 36. These are disposed in vertical planes upon the bottom plate, and are spaced equal distances apart throughout the circumference of the plate, whereby to define upon the plate a circumferential series of radially extending chambers, that increase progressively in width in a direction away from the center of the plate, toward the outer periphery thereof. The outer ends of the partitions 36 are arcuately cut away as at 38 (Fig. 2) and the reduced outer terminal portions of the partitions defined by recessing of the partition ends in this manner abut against an upstanding circumferential lip 40 secured to the outer periphery of plate 30.

Mounted xedly between each pair of adjacent partitions 36 is an inclined ramp 42 extending the full width of the chamber dened by said pair of adjacent partitions. The ramps 42 are inclined downwardly in a direction away from the axis of rotation of the bottom plate, as shown in Fig. 3. As shown in Fig. l, the outer ends of the ramps terminate short of the lip 40, and in the annular space defined between said outer ends of the several ramps 42 and the lip 40 there are mounted, in vertical positions, dividers 44. These are spaced equal distances apart between each pair of adjacent partitions, as clearly shown in Fig. l. As shown in Fig. 7, dividers 44 are low in height, the purpose of the dividers being to divide the outer end of each of the chambers into `a plurality of receiving spaces of equal width.

Adjacent the inner or upper end of each ramp there is mounted thereon an elongated deflector 46. Each delieetor 46, as Vshown'in Figs. land 2, is turned obliquely to the longitudinal center line of the ramp on which it is mounted, the purpose of this arrangement being to 'cause ball elements, to'bc described hereinafter, to be directed to one wside of the chamber when they enter the same, the ball elements striking said side and caroming therefrom back into the midwidth part of the'chamber.r v

Mounted on each ramp, between the outer end thereof and the d etleetor 46 of the ramp, is a series of transversely spacedl guide strips 48,', arranged longitudinally of the ramp. Thus, the ball element, after caroming ofi one sidewall of the chamber, will pass through one of the spaces defined bythe severaly guide strips, soas to be guid- Ve'd-to a corresponding receiving space at the outer-'end of the chamber. Y Secured ixedly to'and overlying the several partitions is a `ilat top plate 50, said top plate beingdisposed on a horizontal plane and terminating at the arcuately cut awayportions ofthe partitions. The top plate 50 covers the several chambers, and being secured tixedly to the partitions, rotates with the bottom plate and partitions. A removable cover piece 52 is supported upon the top plate, and rotates therewith. ln the illustrated example, the cover piece 52 has equidistantly spaced radially extending line markings 54, intersected by concentrically arranged line markings 56, to define areas in which numerical indicia 58 are provided. Within the outer circulai series of said areas three may be provided fastener elements 60 to which counters V62, which can be in the simulation of animals, birds, or the like, are removably attachcd .during playing the game. Numerical indicia 64, corresponding to the indicia 58, can be provided in the receiving -spaces as shown in `Fig. l.

Qfcourse, -the cover piece 52 can be removed for substitution of a new cover piece having a different set of line markings and indicia, and it -will thus be seen that any -of 'various games can Ibe played, at little increase in cost, it being Vnecessary only that a plurality of vcover pieces lbe provided, 'which kcover pieces can be jmanufactured xfrom inexpensive materials such las thin cardboard orthelike. i

At their inner ends, `the several'partitions are formed Y with inwardly opening Yrecesses 6.6 of right angular shape,

said inner ends of the partitions also being Vprovided with inwardly extending yo'verhanging vportions 68 extending over -the recesses l(66ans shownin Fig. 3. The overhangingiportions v68 'having inclined bottom edges, for a purposetolbe-made presently apparent.

As brought out hereinbefore, the base and post 24 are stationary at all times, but the radially chambered game board dened'by bottom plate t30, ,partitions 36, top plate'50, cover piece 52, and the v other parts supported upon -these elements, "is rotatably mounted upon formed in a truste-conical head 80. Head 80 is thus car- Y surface being inclined downwardly to an outlet openingV 86 formed in the sidewall of thecyliiiderat the lower end thereof. The purpose of the inclined bgttom surface of the cylinder is to cause balll elements gravitating within the cylinder to be guided to the outletropening of the cylinder. Y

Intermediate the opposite ends of the cylinder there is formed in the side wall thereof an'inlet (opening A,

or bird, is supported/upon the vcover' piece' 52 Vin close proximity Vto' the cylinder 62.; The cover piece 52 ,'in fact, can Abe adhesively'or otherwise tixedlylsecured to the lower end of the container 90, thus to permit the container and the cover piece to be a 'unit' removable bodily from the top plate and rfeed cylinder 8c2, for substitution of a new unit having a differently marked cover piece and a differently shaped container. In the illustrated Texample, the container is in v the simulation of bear, the arms 92 of which are extended about the upper end portion of the feed cylinder. i As shown in Figs. 2andc6, the nfeed cylinder is externally coiiguredto representa tree and thus in the illustrated'embodimnt the bear appeare to be hugging said trunk. 'The feed cylinderds, however, vertically* shiftable relativeV 4-to the container v9i), and

freely slidable in the ,circular opening ydefined by clasped arms of Xthe animal gure. l

The arms 92, fbeing clasped'asindicated above, denne an annular conduit extending about thel cylinder, said conduit Abeing designated by the reference numeral 94 and being shown to particular advantage Fig. 5; inner wall .96 of said conduit is yof annular formation,"

A duit 94, said slot-registering with 'the inlet opening of the base, Lforrotation about `the axis defined by post 24.

s'lidable withinethe (post. The post is provided with ,aV 'Y cross pin '-74, extending :through slot "Z2, to :limit the vertical 'reciprocating Vmovement `of the :standard 7,0 jin opposite directions. Y I

integrally 4formed upon'the upper fend of the Astand-V Yard'lilis a threadedextension76 greaterjn diameterthan the main portion ,Of the Standard, .and .threaded `into a downwardly Opening,A .complementaria threaded Cup .7 8 xedlyrsecurezd '.yighin a centrally located bottom if'elcess the lfeed cylinder when the-feedV cylinder-j is vertically shifted -in an upward hdirect-ion to the Vposition thereof shown Yin the several-figures ofthe drawings.

The upper end of the container is Yforfrnedtopen andV is normally closed by a cap 1 00 whichgin the Vill'l'istrat'el example 'is formed as the -head of the bear, said'capdiaving -atits lower end the downwardly extending nge 510,2

engaging in the-open -upper end of the body''of the Vcoutainer. Thebodyofthe container-is formed with aflaifgeV 1 cavitya104, =having a xflat Ibot-tom 106 merging rigto'the bottom ofconduit =94, the conduit communicating at( its opposite ends .with s'aid cavity 104 as shown `in VFigfS.

LA plurality yof bally elements L108 Vare normallyheld within cavity 104, 'said ball elements gravitating in tc v`the conduit 194. .lfdesiredfthebottom'offthe cavity and -thel bottom surfaceoftthe conduit can besuitably-inclinedto cause the several :ball .elements to Agravitate lto the inner periphery ,of the ronduit, ,for passage .through the 510i 98. Normally,` however, a large number of tballelements will b e heldd Vt' v'vithhin the'cavity, ,and saidelenients V,will naturally tend to shift through the slot E98,p a1 'ticular-ly in view of the fact that `,the cqntainerlis lbeing I Qt'ated Within 2a crcular Path ab@ an feesteditie@ tby vthe l to the position shown in the several gures of the drawings, its single inlet opening 353 will move upwardly into the plane of the continuous slot 98, thus permitting the ball elements to move through the slot and inlet opening as shown in Fig. 3, to gravitate to the lower end of the cylinder. A different number of ball elements may move through the slot and opening at any one time, thus adding to the element of uncertainty in the playing of the game.

Means is provided to shift the feed cylinder 82 upwardly at predetermined intervals, and in the illustrated example, the feed cylinder will move upwardly twice during each single rotation of the game board and container through 360. To this end (see Figs. 3 and 4) there are iixedly secured to the underside of the head 80 diametrically opposite cams 11d, said cams being of arcuate formation and being in concentric relation to the axis of rotation of the game board. The cams have arcuate undersides, the cams tapering toward their opposite ends, so as to cause the cams to be progressively reduced in height or thickness from their midlength point toward the opposite ends thereof.

Wheels 112 disposed diametrically opposite one another are located in the center space defined in the game board by the angular recesses 66 of the radial partitions 36. The wheels 112 are secured to shafts 114, journalled in bearings 116 attached to the undersides of the adjacent ramps 42.

The wheels 112 are so located as to cause the cams 116 to extend into the paths of the wheels during rotation of the game board. As a result, during each single rotation of said board, the wheels 112 will cause the head 80, and hence the feed cylinder 82, to be shifted upwardly twice. During each upward movement of the feed cylinder, its opening S8 will be brought into registry with the slot 9S, permitting ball elements 108 to gravitate through the registered slot and inlet opening to the bottom of the cylinder. In the bottom of the cylinder, said ball elements will gravitate down the inclined surface 84, to the outlet opening 86. While the cylinder 82 is in its up position, the outlet opening 86 will be closed by the adjacent edge of the center opening of the top plate 50, as best shown in Fig. 3. However, when the wheels 112 move past the cams 110, the outlet opening S6 will be uncovered simultaneously with movement of the inlet opening S8 out of registration with the slot 98. As a result of uncovering of the outlet opening 86, the ball elements which had moved through the inlet opening 8S into the cylinder 82 will fall out of the outlet opening 86, and will gravitate down the inclined path represented by the conical outer surface of the head Si). The head Sil, in' this position of the parts, will move downwardly to locate the periphery thereof at the inner ends of the ramps 42, thus causing the ball elements to fall olf the head 80 onto said ramps. The ball elements will now gravitate down the ramps 42, to the receiving spaces at the outer ends of the chambers defined between the several partitions 36.

Suitable scoring rules can be adopted, depending upon the indicia marked on the iioors of the receiving spaces.

From the above, it will be seen that a very attractive feature in the game resides in the uncertainty whereby any number of ball elements may gravitate into the feed cylinder, on each elevation of said cylinder. Thus, when the game board is spun, so as to freely rotate for an indeterminate time during a single play, the cylinder 82 will be vertically reciprocated rapidly, an indeterminate number of times, with the number of times the cylinder is reciprccated depending upon the number of rotations of the game board during said single play. An indeterminate number of ball elements will thus gravitate into the feed cylinder, moving outwardly to the outer periphery of the game board, thus to permit scoring according to the number of ball elements released, and the receiving spaces entered by said elements.

Due to the fact that different containers, having different animal or bird shapes, may have their outlet slots at different elevations relative to the top plate 50 of the game board, it is desirable to permit vertical adjustment of the feed cylinder, and the threaded connection between the head S0 and standard 70 permits this adjustment to be readily made. Further, still further adjustment for this purpose can be made by removing nut 22, and threading post 24 Vertically within nut 20, after which nut 22 is returned into engagement with the post. Under these circumstances, the extent of upward movement by engagement of the wheels with the cams will be reduced or increased, depending upon the extent of vertical adjustment made. This, however, can be permitted by the user only to the extent desired, so as to still assure that the inlet opening of the cylinder will be registered with the outlet slot of the particular container being used.

The rules whereby a game can be played are not provided herein, since obviously they cannot impart patentability to the structure, and would only serve to prolong the description of said structure unnecessarily. It will be understood, however, that the rules can be varied as desired, and particularly is this true in View of the fact that an important feature of the invention resides in the removability of the cover piece and figure wherein the ball elements are contained, for substitution of a new cover piece and figure-simulating container.

While I have illustrated and described the preferred embodiment of my invention, it is to be understood that I do not limit myself to the precise construction herein disclosed and the right is reserved to all changes and modifications coming within the scope of the invention as defined in the appended claims.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by United States Letters Patent is:

1. A game device comprising a stationary base, a stationary post extending upwardly from the base, a game board rotatable on the base about the post and divided into a plurality of chambers, a container, the container being supported on said game board and rotating therewith, said container adapted to hold a plurality of ball elements and having an outlet for said elements, a cylinder centered in the game board and having an inlet opening and an outlet opening, said inlet opening being registerable with the container outlet for passage of the elements into the cylinder from the container, and said outlet opening being adapted for passage of the ball elements from the cylinder to said chambers, means supporting the cylinder on the post nonrotatably but for vertical reciprocation to elect movement of the cylinder upwardly and downwardly to intermittently register the inlet opening with the container outlet, and means for vertically reciprocating the cylinder responsive to rotation of the game board.

2. A game device comprising a stationary base, a stationary post extending upwardly from the base, a game board rotatable on the base about the post and divided into a plurality of chambers, a container, the container being supported on said game board and rotating therewith, said container adapted to hold a plurality of ball elements and having an outlet for said elements, a cylinder centered in the game board and having an inlet opening and an outlet opening, said inlet opening being registrable with the container outlet for passage of the elements into the cylinder from the container, and said outlet opening being adapted for passage of the ball elements from the cylinder to said chambers, means supporting the cylinder on the post nonrotatably but for vertical reciprocation to effect movement of the cylinder upwardly and downwardly to intermittently register the inlet opening with the container outlet, and means for vertically reciprocating the cylinder responsive to rotation of the game board, said first-named means including a standard vertically slidable in the post, and a head attached to said standard.

3. A game device comprising a stationary base, a stationary post extending upwardly from the base, a game board rotatable on the 1oase about the post and divided intoV a plurality of chambers, a container, the container being supported on said game board and rotating therewith, said container adapted to hold a plurality of'. ball elements and having an outlet for said elements, a cylinder centered in the game board and having an inlet opening and an outlet opening, said inlet opening being registrable with the container outlet for passage of the elements into the cylinder from thecontainer, and said outlet opening being adapted forV passage of the ball elements from the cylinder to Vsaid chambers, means supporting the cylinder on the post nonrotatably but for vertical reciprocation to eiect movement of 'the'cylinder upwardly and downwardly to intermittently'register the inlet opening with the container outlet, and means for vertically reciprocating the cylinder responsive to rotation of the game board, said first-named lmeans including a standard vertically slidable in the post, and a head attached to said standard, the head being connected to the standard for adjustment vertically of the standard. Y

4. A game device comprising a stationary base, a stationary post extending upwardly from the base, a game board rotatable on the base about the post and divided into a plurality of chambers, a container, the container being supported on said game board and rotating therewith, said container adapted to hold a plurality of ball elements and having an outlet for said elements, a cylinder centered in the game board and having an inlet opening and an outlettopening, said inlet opening being registerable with the container outlet for passage of the elements into the cylinder from the container, and said outlet opening being adapted for passage of the ball elements from the cylinder to said chambers, means supporting the cylinder on the post nonrotatably but for vertical recipro-4 cation to effect movement of the cylinder upwardly and downwardly to intermittently register the inlet opening with the container outlet, and means for vertically yreciprocating the cylinder responsive to rotation of the game board', said first-named means including a standard vertically slidable in the post, and a head attached to said standard, the head being connected to the standard for adjustment vertically of the standard, and said post being connected to the base for adjustment vertically of theY base, said adjustments of the head and post being adapted for locating the feed cylinder in a predetermined, selected position relative to said container.

5'. A game Idevice comprising av stationary base, a stationary post extendingupwardly from the base, a game board rotatable on the base about the post and divided into a plurality of chambers, a container, the container being supported on said game board and rotating therewith, said container adapted to hold a plurality of ball elements and. having an outlet for said elements, a cylinder centered in the game board and having an inlet opening and an outlet opening, said inlet opening being registerable with the container outlet for passage of the elements into thel cylinder from the container, and said out- Vlety opening being adapted for passage of the ball elements standard, said standard having a longitudinal slot, Ythe post havinga cross pin extending through said slot, said slot` providing a limit for the vertical reciprocation of the standard, the cross pin and slot preventing rotation of the standar-df relative to the-post.

6.. Agame device comprisingy a stationary' base, a stainto a plurality of chambers, a container, the container being supported on said game board and rotating therewith, said container adapted to hold a plurality of ball elements and having an outlet for said elementos, a cylinder centered in the game board and having an inlet opening and an outlet opening, said inlet opening being registerable with the container outlet for passage of the elements into the cylinder from the container, and said outlet opening being adapted for passage of the ball elements from the cylinder to said chambers, means supporting the cylinder on the post nonrotatably but for vertical reciprocation to eiectr movement of the cylinder upwardly and downwardly to intermittently register the inlet opening with the container outlet, and means for vertically reciprocating the cylinder responsive to rotation of the game board, the gamerboard including vertically spaced, horizontally disposed top and bottom plates and radially extending partitions coniined between said plates and cooperating with the plates in providing said chambers, said game board further including inclined ramps within the respective chambers inclined in a direction away from the center of the game board for gravitation of ball elements to the outer periphery of the game board.

7. A game device comprising a stationary base, a stationary post extending upwardly from the base, a game board rotatable on the base about the post and divided into a plurality of chambers, a container, the container being supported on said game board and rotating there-v -terable with the container outlet for passage of the elements into the cylinder from the container, and said outlet opening being adapted for passage of the ball elements from the cylinder to said chambers, means supporting the cylinder on the post nonrotatably but for vertical reciprocation to effect movement of the cylinder upwardly and downwardly to intermittently register the inlet opening with the container outlet, and means for vertically reciprocating the cylinder responsive to rotation of the game board, the game board including vertically spaced, horizontally disposed top and bottom plates and radially extending partitions confined between said plates and' cooperating with the plates in providing said chambers, said top plate normally closing said cylinder outlet, saidV game board further including inclined ramps within the respective chambers inclined in a direction away ,from the center of the game board for gravitation of ball elements to the outer periphery of the game board, said cylinder outf 4 let, on movement of the cylinder in a downwardv direction,

being moved below said top plate to open position, the

cylinder inlet being out of registration with the container outlet when the cylinder outlet is open.

8. A game device comprising a stationary base, a stationary post extending upwardly from the base, a game board rotatable on they base about the post and divided into a plurality of chambers, a container, the container being supported on said game board and rotating therewith, said container adapted to hold a plurality of ball elements and having an outlet for said elementsa cylinder centered in the game board and having an inlet opening and an outlet opening, said inlet opening being registerable with the container outlet for passage of the elements Vinto the cyl.- inder from the container, and said outlet opening being adaped for passage of the ball elements from'the cylinder to saidv chambers, means supporting the cylinder on the post nonrotatably but for vertical reciprocation to eiect movement of the cylinder upwardly and downwardly to intermittently register the inlet opening with the container outlet, and means for vertically reciprocating `the cylinder Vresponsive to rotation of the game board,v said first-named means including a standard vertically slidable in the post, Y

and a head attached to said standard, said second-named means including a plurality of cams secured to the underside of said head, the game board including cam-engaging members, the cams being disposed in the path of said members during rotation of the game board with said members being adapted to bias the cams upwardly during said rotation to eiect vertical reciprocation of the cylinder.

9. A game device comprising a stationary base, a stationary post extending upwardly from the base, a game board rotatable on the base about the post and divided into a plurality of chambers, a container, the container being supported on said game board and rotating therewith, said container adapted to hold a plurality of ball elements and having an outlet for said elements, a cylinder centered in the game board and having an inlet opening and an outlet opening, said inlet opening being registerable with the container outlet for passage of the elements into the cylinder from the container, and said outlet opening being adapted for passage of the ball elements from the cylinder to said chambers, means supporting the cylinder on the post nonrotatably but for vertical reciprocation to elect movement of the cylinder upwardly and downwardly to intermittently register the inlet opening with the container outlet, and means for vertically reciprocating the cylinder responsive to rotation of the game board, said first-named means including a standard vertically slidable in the post, and a head attached to said standard, said second-named means including a plurality of cams secured to the underside of said head, the game board including cam-engaging members, the cams being disposed in the path of said members during rotation of the game board with said members being adapted to bias the cams upwardly during said rotation to eiect vertical reciprocation of the cylinder, said members comprising wheels rotatably mounted upon the game board, the cams being formed with arcuate undersides engaged by said wheels during rotation of the game board.

l0. A game device comprising a stationary base, a stationary post extending upwardly from the base, a game board rotatable on the base about the post and divided into a plurality of chambers, a container, the container being supported on said game board and rotating therewith, said container adapted to hold a plurality of ball elements and having an outlet for said elements, a cylinder centered in the game board and having an inlet opening and an outlet opening, said inlet opening being registerable with the container outlet for passage of the elements into the cylinder from the container, and said outlet opening being adapted for passage of the ball elements from the cylinder to said chambers, means supporting the cylinder on the post nonrotatably but for vertical reciprocation to eiect movement of the cylinder upwardly and downwardly to intermittently register the inlet opening with the container outlet, and means for vertically reciprocating the cylinder responsive to rotation of the game board, the container being formed in the simulation of an animal figure.

ll. A game device comprising a stationary base, a stationary post extending upwardly from the base, a game board rotatable on the base about the post and divided into a plurality of chambers, a container, the container being supported on said game board and rotating therewith, said container adapted to hold a plurality of ball elements and having an outlet for said elements, a cylinder centered in the game board and having an inlet opening and an outlet opening, said inlet opening being registerable with the container outlet for passage of the elements into the cylinder from the container, and said outlet opening being adapted for passage of the ball elements from the cylinder to said chambers, means supporting the cylinder on the post nonrotatably but for vertical reciprocation to effect movement of the cylinder upwardly and downwardly to intermittently register the inlet opening with the container outlet, and means for vertically reciprocating the cylinder responsive to rotation of the game board, said container having a cavity comprising a repository for ball elements, the container further including an annular conduit extending about the cylinder and communicating with said cavity, the container outlet being formed in said conduit.

12. A game device comprising a stationary base, a stationary post extending upwardly from the base, a game board rotatable on the base about the post and divided into a plurality of chambers, a container, the container being supported on said game board and rotating therewith, said container adapted to hold a plurality of ball elements and having an outlet for said elements, a cylinder centered in the game board and having an inlet opening and an outlet opening, said inlet opening being registerable with the container outlet for passage of the elements into the cylinder from the container, and said outlet opening being adapted for passage of the ball elements from the cylinder to said chambers, means supporting the cylinder on the post nonrotatably but for vertical reciprocation to eiect movement of the cylinder upwardly and downwardly to intermittently register the inlet opening with the container outlet, and means for vertically reciprocating the cylinder responsive to rotation of the game board, said container having a cavity comprising a repository for ball elements, the container further including an annular conduit extending about the cylinder and communicating with said cavity, the container outlet being formed in said conduit, the container outlet being formed as a continuous, annular slot extending fully around the cylinder.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification273/142.00F, 273/142.00R
International ClassificationA63F5/04
Cooperative ClassificationA63F5/0088, A63F7/28, A63F5/02
European ClassificationA63F5/02, A63F5/00P