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Publication numberUS289032 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 27, 1883
Filing dateAug 23, 1883
Publication numberUS 289032 A, US 289032A, US-A-289032, US289032 A, US289032A
InventorsChables Sears
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Game apparatus or toy target
US 289032 A
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(No Model!) G. SEARS.


N0. 289,032. A Patented Nov. 27, 1883.

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SPECIFICATION forming part of iLetters Patent No. 289,032, dated November 2'7, 1883.

Application filed August 25, 1883. (No model.)

To all who??? it may concern.-

Be it known that I, CHARLES SEARS, a citi zen of the United States, residing in South Evanston, in the county of Cook and State of 5 Illinois, have invented a new and useful Im provement in Game Apparatus or Toy Targets, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to certain improvements in toy targets and balls or projectiles for playing games.

I 5 The surface of the target is covered with a number of sharp points made by driving wire nails or tacks through the disk upon which the colored rings are painted or pasted. These points serve to retain the ball or projectile when it is thrown or shot against the target.

The halls are preferably four in number, and may be colored-one yellow, one red, one white, and one blue-to correspond in color with the rings. The diameter of the ball is greater than the distance between the sharp points on the target, so that the ball cannot be projected against the target without striking one or more of the points and sticking fast. The balls consist of a wooden center surrounded with was: or like plastic material and inclosed in a fibrous cover, so that the short points on the target will readily penetrate the balls when thrown against the target. The balls may be thrown by the hand or shot from 5 an air, spring, or other gun, as may be preferred.

In playing the game which I have invented as being specially adapted for use with my toy target and balls, if one of the balls or project-- 4o iles strikes the center or gold it counts twenty;

the yellow ring, ten; the red ring, five; the white ring, three, and the blue or marginal ring two. If the color of the ball corresponds with the color of the ring it strikes on the target, it counts double. If the yellow ball strikes the gold center, it counts game. A flush, which consists in striking every color with its corresponding ball, also counts game. If any ball rests upon two colors at the same time, the smaller number is to be counted.

may be played in the parlor or hall.

The game The other suitable number.

In the accompanying drawings, which form a part of this specification, and in which similar letters of reference indicate like parts, Figure 1 is a plan view of a device embodying my invention. Fig. 2 is a central section of one of the balls or projectiles, and Fig. 3 is a detail cross-section of the target through one of the sharp wires or points.

In the drawings, A represents the targetdisk, preferably made of wood. B represents the center, which may be of a gold color; 0, the yellow ring; D, the red ring; E, the white ring, and F the blue ring surrounding the con ter. These or other suitable-colored rings may be formed by painting the disk A, or by past paper, a. The face of the target is covered with a number of projecting sharp points, I). These sharp points 1) maybe preferably formed by driving sharp-pointed nails or tacks through the wood disk Afrom its back. The heads of these nails may then be covered by a disk of paper or other suitable covering, a, pasted over the back of the disk A. The balls 0, d, e, and f are colored yellow, red, white, and blue, respectively, to correspond with the colors of the rings 0, l), E, and F. Each of the balls consists of a wood or other firm interior, 9, awax or other easily-penetrable substance, g, surrounding said center, and a fibrous or cloth covering, incasing the same. Strings may be attachedto the balls for recovering the same in case the target should be missed. The soft or was exterior of the balls serves to prevent their doing injury to objects which they may strike, as well as cause them readily to adhere to the sharp ing the wood center of the ball serves to make the ball dead or inelastic, so that it will have no rebound when it strikes the points on the target. The function of the wood center is to preserve the shape and form of the ball and prevent its flattening out, and of course it will be understood that other firm material may be used in place of the wood for the center of the balls. As the balls or projectiles stick wherever they strike on the points of the target, they serve as their own markers and without game may consist of one hundred points or ing over said disk a suitably-colored disk ofpoints of the target. The was shell surround- IOO puncturing or injuring the target, and not re bounding from thetarget, they, of course, may be easily and quickly collected.

1. The combination, with the target A, provided with sharp points I), of the balls or projectiles consisting of solid center g, annular shell 9, surrounding the same, made of soft or easily-penetrable material, and fibrous covering substantially as specified.

2. The target A, provided with eenterBand different-colored rings G, D, E, and F, and provided with sharp points I), substantially as specified.

3. The target-ball consisting of a Wood or solid center, a shell surrounding the same, made of Wax or other soft penetrable material,

and a fibrous covering, substantially as specified.

4. I11 playing games with targets, the use of 2o a number of different-colored balls, corresponding in color with the colors of the rings upon the target, the coincidence of the ball striking rings of like color niakingvariations in the count, substantially as specified.


EDMUND Ancoorr, H. M. MUND'AY.

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Cooperative ClassificationA63F9/0208