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Publication numberUS2874967 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 24, 1959
Filing dateJul 29, 1957
Priority dateJul 29, 1957
Publication numberUS 2874967 A, US 2874967A, US-A-2874967, US2874967 A, US2874967A
InventorsHenry A Nordstrom, Donald W Thereau
Original AssigneeHenry A Nordstrom, Donald W Thereau
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Water target
US 2874967 A
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1959 D. w. THEREAU ET AL 2,874,967

WATER TARGET Filed July 29, 1957 LI'L INVENTOR.

Z DoNaLn w- THEREAU IE. BY HENRY A. NORDSTRON ga Aim United States atent O WATER TARGET Donald W. Thereau and Henry A. Nordstrom,

Minneapolis,

Application July 29, 1957, Serial No. 674,753

9 Claims. (Cl. 273--102.1)

This invention relates to a game apparatus and more specifically to a sprinkling target device.

Heretofore these game apparatuses involving a target device disclosed registering means for indicating the score of the players;

Our game apparatus comprises a target including a bulls eye member and a circular outer portion upon which is mounted a pair of circular pipes provided with a plurality of small spaced holes, one pipe being spaced inside the other pipe with a small length pipe interconnecting the two circular pipes. The bulls eye member being connected by linkage means to a valve member carried in a section of pipe. A garden hose is adapted to be connected to the section of-pipe having the valve. A spring means associated with the linkage normally holds the bulls eye member in its operative position in the target. A player upon hitting the bulls eye member actuates the valve to open position permitting water to flow from the garden hose to the pair of circular pipes and the water emits as spray through the small holes in the pair of spaced rings or circular pipes. When the bulls eye is again moved to its operative position, the valve is also moved to closed position thus stopping the flow of water to the target.

. It is an object of this invention to provide in an amusement device or game of the target type wherein upon its bulls eye being actuated water sprays from the target.

It is another object of this invention to provide in a water target a bulls eye which upon being hit by a ball will actuate a valve to permit water to spray from the target.

It is a still further object of this invention to provide in a water target having a bulls eye of means for actuating a valveto open position and the operating of the actuating means depends upon the accuracy of the players, in throwing a ball at the bulls eye.

Yet another object of this invention is to provide a water target which may be either utilized as a game of skill or as a device for amusement.

These together with other objects and advantages which will become subsequently apparent reside in the details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to the accmpanying drawing forming a part hereof, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:

Figure l is a front elevational view of the water target.

Figure 2 is a sectional view of the water target disclosing the actuating means for the valve.

Figure 3 is a detailed view of the rear of the bulls eye and the linkage for actuating the valve.

Referring now specifically to the drawings, is target appropriately mounted on an easel-like support 12. The target 10 comprises a bulls eye plate member 14 of circular shape, which fits or covers a circular opening 13 in the center of a round shaped outer target portion 16 made of plastic, rubber, or any other water resistant composition.

An outer circular shaped pipe 20 is appropriately se- 2,874,957 Patented Feb. 24, 1959 cured to the outer face of the portion 16 of the target ice adjacent its outer edge. A second circular or ring shaped pipe 22 is appropriately secured to the circular shaped portion 16 of the target 10 adjacent the bulls eye plate 14. A pipe section 24 is connected between the circular pipes 20 and 22. Each of the circular pipes 20 and 22 is provided with a plurality of spaced apart apertures 26.

A pipe connection 28 is connected to the circular pipe 20 through means of a threaded opening therein. A valve 30 is mounted in the pipe connection 28.

One end of a link 32 is connected to the rear side of the bulls eye plate 14, and the other end of the link is connected to the stem of the valve 30. A handle 34 is either connected to the lower portion of the link 32 or to the stern of valve 30 for actuating the plate 14 to its closed or operative position in the target It). A coiled spring 36 is connected between the handle 34 and the rear side of the portion 16 of target 10 loading the link 32 thus normally holding the bulls eye plate 14 in its operative position over opening 13 in the target 10.

The fitting or connection 28 is open at one end and internally screw threaded for receiving the screw threaded end of a garden hose 38 or other pipe for supplying water to the interior of the fitting 28.

Our target 10 is primarily to be used as an amusement device for children. When the target 10 is to be employed or used, the circular bulls eye plate 14 is positioned to cover the central opening 13 in the target 10. Valve 30 is in closed position, when the plate 14 covers the opening 13 in the target 10. Players toss or throw a ball from any desired distance in front of the target 10 at the plate 14, and if the ball hits the plate 14, it will be moved backward and downwardly moving link 32 which turns valve 30 onefourth of a turn opening valve 30 and how ing water from the hose 38 through connection 28 to the circular shaped pipes 20 and 22 which sprays water out of the spaced openings 26 in the pipes 20 and 22. Children can now play in the spraying water. The water target 10 is an ideal amusement device for hot weather.

The valve 30 is closed by shutting olf the flow water to the target 10 when the plate 14 is moved by means of handle 34 and link 32 to close the opening 13 in the target 10.

The water target 10 may be used as a competitive game between different players, or merely as an amusement device.

The hose and pipes used in this target may be made of a suitable plastic. The circular pipes 20' and 22 may be made integral with the circular portion 16 of the target 10.

From the foregoing, the construction and operation of the device will be readily understood. However, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction shown and described, and accordingly all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to falling within the scope ofthe appended claims.

What is claimed as new is as follows:

1. In a device of the class described comprising a target, said target consisting of a body portion provided with an opening, a member normally mounted to cover said opening, pipe means provided with spaced apart apertures mounted on the body portion of the target, a water supply line connected to the pipe means on the target, a valve mounted in the water supply line, a link connected between the member and the valve for actuating the member to cover and uncover the opening in the body of the target and for actuating the valve to open and closed positions in the water supply line, the valve being in closed position in the supply line when the member covers the opening in the target, the valve being moved to open position in the supply line when the memher is moved from the opening in the target thereby spraying water from the pipe means on the target.

2. Ina device of the class described comprising antarget, said target consisting of a body portion provided with an opening, a member normally mounted to cover said opening, pipe tmeans provided with spaced apart apertures mounted on the outer portion of the target, a water supply line connected to the pipe means on the target, a valve mounted in the water supply line, a link connected between the member and the valve for actuating the member to cover and uncover the opening in the body of the target and for actuating the valve to open and closed positions in the water supply line, the valve being in cl'osedposition in the supply line when themem ber covers the opening in the target, the valve beingmoved to open position in the supply line when the memher is moved from the opening in the target thereby spraying water from the pipe means on the target andmeans mounted on the valve for moving the valve to closed position in the supply line and for moving of the member to cover the opening in the target.

3. In a device of the class described comprising a target, said target consisting of a body portion provided with an opening, a member normally mounted to cover said opening, pipe means provided with spaced apart apertures mounted on the body portion of the target, a water supply line connected to the pipe means on the target, a valve mounted in the water supply line, a link connected between the member and the valve for actuating the member to cover and uncover the opening in the body of the target and for actuating the valve to open and closed positions in the water supply line, the valve being in closed position in the supply line when the member covers the opening in the target, the valve being moved to open position 'in the supply line when the' mem-- her is niove'cl" from the opening in the target thereby spraying water from the pipe means on the target, means mounted onthe valve for moving the valve to closed position in the supply line and .for moving the member to cover the opening in the target, and spring means secured between the means for moving the valve to closed position and the body portion of the target for loading the link connected between the member and valve for aiding in holding the member in closed or operative position over the opening in the body of the target.

4'. In a water target comprising a member provided with a central opening, a plate or bulls eye member nor mally closing the opening in the target, pipe means providedwith spaced apart apertures mounted on the target, a water supply line connected to the pipe means, valve means in the water supply line, a link connected between the plate and valve, the valve being in closed position in the supply line when the bulls eye plate covers the opening in the target, the valve being moved to open position in the supply line when the plate is moved from the opening in the target thereby spraying water from the pipe means on the target.

In a water target comprising a member provided with a central 'opening,"a plate or bulls eye member normally closing the opening in the target, pipe means provided with spaced apart apertures mounted on the target, a water supply line connected to the pipe means, valve means in the water supply line, a link connected between the plate and valve, the valve being in closed position in the supply line when the bulls eye plate covers the opening in the target, the valve being moved to open position in the supply line when the plate is moved from the opening in the target thereby spraying Water from the pipe means on the target, means for moving the valve to closed position in the water supply line and for moving the plate to close the opening in the target simultaneously and means for holding the plate in closed or operative position on the target.

6. In a water target comprising a circular shaped member of water resistant material provided with a central opening, a plate for covering the opening in the target, pipe means mounted on the target, a water supply line connected to the pipe means on the target, a valve mounted in the water supply line, a link connected between the plate and the valve, the valve being in closed position in the supply line when the plate covers the opening in the target, the valvebe'ing moved to openposition in' the supply line when the plate .is moved to uncover the opening" in the target.

7. In a water target comprising a circular shaped member of water resistant material provided with a central opening, a plate for covering the opening in the target, pipe means mounted on the target, a Water supply line connected'to the pipe means on the target, a valvemount ed in the water supply line, a link connected between the plate and the valve, the valve being in closed position in the supply line when the plate covers the opening in the target, the valve being moved to open position in the supply line when the plate is moved to uncover theopening in the target and means for actuating the plate to" cover the opening in the target and for actuating the valve to closed position in the water supply line.

8. A device as set forth inclaim 7 wherein the pipe means on the target comprises an inner ring section and a; spaced apart outer ring section and a fitting connectedbetween the inner and outer ring-sections.

9. In a device of the class described'comprising a tab get, said target consisting of a body portion provided with an opening, a member normally mounted to cover said opening, means provided with spaced apertures formed on the body of the target, a water supply line connected to the means on the body of the target, a valve mounted in the water supply line, a link connected between the member and the valve for actuating the memher to cover and uncover the opening in the body of the target and for actuating the valve to open and closed positions in the water supply line, the valve being in closed position in the supply line when the member covers the opening in the target, the valve being moved by' the link to open position when the member is moved from the opening in the target thereby spraying water from the means on the body of the target.

Reterences Citcdin the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 691,266 Hill Jan. 14, 1902 1,671,000 Weinstein May 22, 1928 2,119,641 Marx June 7, .1938 2,148,438 Crain Feb. 28, 1939 2 ,628,451 Goldfarb Feb. 17, 1953' 2,752,156 Washburn June 26, 1956 2,759,731 Quinn Aug. 21, 1956

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Referenced by
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US3679136 *Nov 19, 1970Jul 25, 1972Snyder Gary LConvertible water sprinkling device
US5779240 *Jun 20, 1997Jul 14, 1998Santella; Andrew W.Water fortress
US7927175Nov 6, 2007Apr 19, 2011Larry CoffeyWater toy
Classifications
U.S. Classification273/390, 446/153, 273/384, 251/75, 446/4
International ClassificationA63B63/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63B63/00, A63B2024/005, A63B2208/12
European ClassificationA63B63/00