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Publication numberUS2936178 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 10, 1960
Filing dateJun 20, 1958
Priority dateJun 20, 1958
Publication numberUS 2936178 A, US 2936178A, US-A-2936178, US2936178 A, US2936178A
InventorsClifton Sprouse
Original AssigneeClifton Sprouse
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Combination game table and game
US 2936178 A
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May 10, 1960 c. SPROUSE 2,936,178

. COMBINATION GAME TABLE AND GAME Filed June 20, 1958 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INV EN TOR CLIFTON SPROUSE BY WW ATTORNEYS May 10, 1960 c. SPROUSE 2,936,178

COMBINATION GAME TABLE AND GAME Filed Jun 20, 1958 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 I03, r l

' INVENTOR (1/ F TON SPROUS E United States Patent COMBINATION GAME TABLE AND GAME Clifton Spronse, Abbeville, S.C.

Application June 20, 1958, Serial No. 743,353

12 Claims. (Cl. 273120) This invention relates to amusement devices and more particularly to a combination game table and game in which the table may be utilized as a conventional card table or the like, for the playing of games or other purposes or if desired, the top of the table may be removed and a self-contained game may be played for amusement purposes.

Numerous types of game tables have been proposed and utilized which provide various markings on the table top to permit the playing of various games or use of the table as a conventional card table or for other purposes, but the majority of these prior art devices do not incorporate a game having various mechanical features and structural elements which are utilized in playing a highly entertaining game.

It is accordingly an object of the invention to provide a combination game table and game, including foldable legs and a removable top which permits using the table as a conventional card table or the like, and upon folding of the legs permits convenient storage.

A further object of the invention is the provision of a combination game table and game, including a table base having attached thereto various structural elements utilized in the playing of the game of this invention and also incorporating a removable top for covering the game structure and permitting use of the table as a conventional card table or the like.

A still further object of the invention is the provision of a combination game table and game arranged to accommodate two or more players and in which the players may play as individuals or as partners.

Another object of the invention is the provision of a combination game table and game in which mechanical means is provided for manually guiding a ball from a starting point into a ball receiving pocket and in the event the ball is not guided into the pocket, means is provided for automatically transferring the ball to the next player. I

A further object of the invention is the provision of a combination game table and game, including foldable and adjustable legs, which legs may be adjusted to level the table and in which means is provided to indicate when the base of the table is in a level position.

A further object of the invention is the provision of a combination game table and game, including foldable and adjustable legs, as well as relatively simple means for locking the legs in erected position.

A still further object of the invention is the provision of a combination game table and game in which a removable top is releasably secured in place for providing a conventional card playing or other surface and in which the top also operates to cover and protect the game structure provided as a part of the table.

Further objects and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawing wherein:

Fig. 1 is a top plan view of the game table and game constructed in accordance with this invention and with Patented May- 10, 1960 ice the cover removed to show the structural features of the game and the manner of playing the same;

Fig. 2 a side elevational view of the game table and game shown in Fig. l, but with the cover applied thereto and with the cover in section to better show the structure thereof;

Figure 3 a bottom plan view of the game table and game of this invention and showing the supporting legs in folded position, as Well as the positions of the ball returntroughs on the bottom of the table base;

Fig. 4 a top plan view of the combination game table and game of this invention with the protecting cover applied thereto;

Fig. 5 a side elevational view of one of the ball guiding tunnels and showing the manner of applying padding to protect the upper surface of the table;

Fig. 6 a fragmentary sectional view taken substantially on the line 6-6 of Fig. 1 and showing the means provided in the ball return troughs to give impetus to a ball dropping into a trough;

Fig. 7 a fragmentary bottom plan view showing the leg structure for the table in folded position;

Fig. 8 a view similar to Fig. 7, but showing the leg structure in erected position prior to locking the same in such position;

Fig. 9 a view similar to Fig. 8, but showing the leg locked in erected position;

Fig. 10 a fragmentary sectional view showing the manner of attaching the leg to the table base, as well as the means for permitting adjustment of the legs to level the table; and

Fig. 11 a view in perspective showing the locking. means for holding the legs in erected position.

With continued reference to the drawing, there is shown a combination game table and game constructed in accordance with this invention and which may well comprise a generally rectangular table base 10 having diagonal braces 11 and 12 on the under side thereof and providing an upper surface 13 which is inclined downwardly from each side edge toward the center of the base 10. The inclination of the upper surface 13 is shown by the dotted line in Fig. 2.

Four game ball receiving pockets 14, 15, 16 and 17 are provided in the center of the upper surface 13 and these pockets are formed by upstanding partitions 18 and 19 extending diagonally of the base. The pockets 14, 15, 16 and 17 are provided with restricted entrance openings 20, 21, 22 and 23 respectively, such openings being formed by upstanding closure Walls 24, 25, 26 and 27 disposed across the outer ends of the partitions 18 and 19 at an angle thereto. It is to be noted, that the entrance openings 20, 21, 22 and 23 are disposed substantially opposite the mid-point of the side edges 28, 29, 30 and 31 of the base 10 and it is also to be noted that the plane of each entrance opening 20, 21, 22 and 23 is at an angle to the adjacent side edge of the base 10. Upstanding trap walls 32, 33, 34 and 35 extend outwardly from one end of each of the closure Walls 24, 25, 26 and 27 at substantially right angles thereto, as clearly shown in Fig. 1.

Inwardly opening game ball starting boxes 36, 37, 38 and 39 are disposed adjacent the side edges 28, 29, 30 and 31 respectively of the base 10 substantially midway of the length thereof and ball receiving openings 40, 41, 4'2 and 43 are provided in the upper surfaces of the boxes 36, 37, 33 and 39 respectively. The lower portion of the boxes 36, 37, 38 and 39 are provided at the inner outlet ends thereof with V-shaped notches 44, 45, 46 and 47 respectively. Since the upper surfaces of the lower portions of the starting boxes are spaced above the upper surface 13 of the table 10 a distance equal to the thickness of such lower portions, balls moving out of the starting boxes will roll off the edges of the V-shaped notches and unless the balls are in alignment with the center of the V-shaped notches, the balls will be deflected one Way or the other by the side edges of the notches.

Manually operable ball guiding means is provided in the form of inverted generally U-s'haped tunnels 48, 49, and 51 pivotally mounted at 52, 53, 54 and 55 respectively on a vertical axis offset from the longitudinal center line of each of the boxes 36, 37, 38 and 39 whereby each tunnel is in alignment with each box in only one angular position, as shown in full lines in Fig. l. Longitudinally disposed inwardly extending rods 56, 57, 58 and 59 are fixed to the upper surface of the tunnels 48, 49, 50 and 51 respectively and spaced inverted generally U-shaped tunnels 60 and 61 are fixed to each of the rods 56, 57, 58 and 59 at an angle to each other and to the tunnels 48, 49, 50 and 51, as clearly shown in Fig. 1. As shown in Fig. 5, each of the tunnels 48, 49, 50 and 51, as well as the tunnels 60 and 61 are provided on the lower surfaces thereof with suitable padding 62 which serves to protect the upper surface 13 of the base 10. Hand engaging tunnel manipulating cross bars 63, 64, and 66 are fixed to the rods 56, 57, 58 and 59 respectively at the outer ends thereof, in order to facilitate movement of such rods and the tunnels carried thereby about the vertical pivots 52, 53, 54 and 55 respectively during playing of the game.

The cross bars 63, 64, 65 and 66 may be provided with finger engaging grip members 63, 64, 65 and 66' at each end in order to facilitate manipulation by either the right or left hand.

Apertures 67, 68, 69 and 70 are provided in the upper surface 13 of the base 10 in the corners formed by the closure walls 24, 25, 26 and 27 and the trap walls 32, 33, 34 and 35 respectively, as shown in Fig. l and these apertures communicate on the under side of the upper surface 13 of the base 10 and it is to be noted, that these troughs communicate with the apertures at one playing position and terminate beneath openings 75, 76, 77 and 78 respectively adjacent the next playing position. Game ball containers 79, 80, 81 and 82 are secured to the upper surface 13 of the base 10 adjacent each playing position and since, in order to properly play the game, the base 10 must be in a level position, means is provided to indicate whether or not the base 10 is level, such means constituting a plumb bob 83 suspended at the center of the base 10 from an arch 84 secured to the partitions 1S and 19.

Since it is desirable to cover the game apparatus when not in use and also to use the table of this invention as a conventional card table or for other purposes, there may be provided a removable cover 85 having a top wall 86 providing a smooth upper surface and sidewalls 87 provided with oppositely disposed spring clips 88 and 89 having inwardly projecting portions 90 and 91 which, as best shown in Fig. 2, project beneath the lower edge of base 10 in order to releasably hold the removable cover 85 in place thereon. When it is desired to utilize the game apparatus provided by this invention, the spring clips 88 and 89 may be actuated to permit removal of the cover 85 and upon completion of the game, the cover may be replaced to provide a table or to provide protection during storage of the game and table.

It is further to be noted that as best shown in Fig. 6, the ball return trough 71 is provided with a wedge-shaped member 92 having an inclined upper-surface 93 disposed directly beneath the apertures 67 in the upper surface 13 of the base 10 in order that a ball passing through the aperture 67 will impinge on the inclined surface 93 and receive impetus longitudinally of the trough 71. A block 92 is, of course, provided in each of the ball return troughs.

Suitable leg structure is provided for supporting the table of this invention and this may well comprise foldable legs 94, 95, 96 and 97 and since the structure of each leg is identical, a detailed description of only one such leg and the mounting means therefore will be given. With particular reference to Figs. 7 to 1 1, leg 94 may well comprise a tubular member threadedly received at the upper end on a stud 98, which stud is secured to one part 99 of a hinge 100, the other part 101 of the hinge being secured to the base 10. As a result of this structure, the leg 94 may be moved from folded to erected position and adjusted as to length by rotating the leg 94 on the threaded stud 98.

An abutment plate 102 is fixed to the base 10 and such plate 102 is provided with an arcuate notch 103 in one edge thereof for engaging the leg 94 when in erected position as best shown in Figs. 8 and 9. In order to releasably latch the leg 94 in erected position, there is provided releasable latch means 104 in the form of a plate 105 secured to the diagonal brace member 11 of the base 10 and pivotally connected to the plate 105 is a finger engaging member 106 having a projection 107 extending substantially at right angles thereto. As best shown in Fig. 8, the finger engaging member 106 and projection 107 may be moved out of the Way to permit movement of the leg 94 to erected position and thereafter, the finger engaging member 106 may be moved to the position shown in Fig. 9 with the projection 107 engaging the leg 94 opposite the notch 103 to firmly hold the leg 94 in engagement with such notch in erected position. When the leg 94 is in folded position, the finger engaging member 106 occupies the position shown'in Fig. 7.

In playing the game of this invention, it is assumed that the legs 94, 95, 96 and 97 are in erected position and that the same have been adjusted to level the upper surface 13 of the base 10, as indicated by the plumb bob 83 whereupon the first player may select a game ball from the appropriate container 79, 80, 81 or 82 and the ball is inserted through the opening 40 in the starting box 36 if this particular player is to start the game and such ball will roll out of the starting box 36 and be defiected in one direction or the other by the V-shaped notch 44. By movement of the tunnel 48 through manipulation of the cross bar 83, the ball may be caused to enter the tunnel 48 and be guided in the proper direction toward the pocket 14 which is the object of this par ticular player. However, the ball must also pass through tunnels 60 and 61, as Well as the entrance opening 20 to the pocket 14 and the ball is guided through the tunnels 60 and 61 and into the entrance opening 20 by manipulation of the cross bar 63. Should the player fail to direct the ball through the entrance opening 20, the same will automatically move into the aperture 67 and the trough 71, whereupon the next player may take this ball from the opening 75 and use the same in addition to the balls originally supplied him at the start of the game.

' The halls may be numbered and the game will be scored by the sum of the numbers of the balls which each player succeeds in directing into his particular ball receiving pocket. As stated, each player may play as an individual or if four players are playing, the game may be played as partners whereupon two opposite players will receive the sum of all the balls present in opposite ball receiving pockets. Since the tunnels 48, 60 and 61 are disposed at angles to each other and furthermore, since the ball moving out of each of the starting boxes is deflected by the V-shaped notch, obviously, considerable skill is required to capture the ball in the first tunnel and direct the same through the succeeding tunnels and through the entrance opening into the ball receiving pocket.

It will thus be seen that by the above described invention, there has been provided a highly amusing game which requires considerable skill to play and furthermore, there has also been provided a game table which may be utilized for other purposes and which is provided with means for protecting the game during storage.

It will be obvious to those skilled in the art that various asset-rs changes may be made in the invention without departing from the spirit and scope thereof and therefore the invention is not limited to that which is shown in the drawings and described in the specification, but only as indicated in the appended claims.

What is claimed is:

1. A combination game table and game comprising a generally rectangular table base, foldable and adjustable leg structure on said base, the upper surface of said base being inclined downwardly from each side edge toward the center, four game ball receiving pockets in the center of said upper surface, said pockets being formed by upstanding partitions extending diagonally of said base, a restricted entrance opening for each pocket, each opening being formed by an upstanding closure wall disposed across the outer end of each partition at an angle thereto, each opening being disposed substantially opposite the mid-point of each side edge of said base, the plane of each opening being at an angle to each side edge of said base, an upstanding trap wall extending outwardly from one end of said closure wall substantially at right angles thereto, an inwardly opening game ball starting box disposed adjacent each side edge of said base substantially midway of the length thereof, a ball receiving opening in the upper surface of each box, a V-shaped notch in the lower portion of each box at the open end to deflect a ball rolling out of the box, each box providing a playing position, manually operable ball guiding means comprising a generally U-shaped tunnel pivotally mounted on a vertical axis ofifset from the longitudinal center line of each box, whereby each tunnel is in alignment with each box in only one angular position, a longitudinally disposed inwardly extending rod fixed to each tunnel, spaced inverted generally U-shaped tunnels fixed to each rod at an angle to each other and to said first mentioned tunnels, a hand engaging tunnel manipulating cross bar fixed to the outer end of each rod, whereby all of said tunnels may be moved about said vertical axis, an aperture in the upper surface of said base in the corner formed by each closure wall and each trap wall to receive balls from each playing position, ball return troughs on the under side of said base communicating with said last named apertures at one playing position and terminating beneath openings in said upper surface adjacent the next playing position, game ball containers on the upper surface adjacent each playing position, means for indicating when said base is level and a removable cover for said base providing an unobstructed fiat upper surface.

2. A combination game table and game as defined in claim 1 in which each ball return trough is provided with an inclined member disposed below said aperture to give impetus to a ball longitudinally of said trough.

3. A game table and game as defined in claim 1 in which each tunnel is provided with padding on the surfaces contacting the upper surface of said base.

4. A combination game table and game comprising a generally rectangular table base, foldable and adjustable leg structure on said base, the upper surface of said base being inclined downwardly from each side edge toward the center, four game ball receiving pockets in the center of said upper surface, said pockets being formed by upstanding partitions extending diagonally of said base, a restricted entrance opening for each pocket, each opening being formed by an upstanding closure wall disposed across the outer end of each partition at an angle thereto, each opening being disposed substantially opposite the mid-point of each side edge of said base, the plane of each opening being at an angle to each side edge of said base, an upstanding trap wall extending outwardly from one end of said closure wall substantially at right angles thereto, an inwardly opening game ball starting box disposed adjacent each side edge of said base substantially midway of the length thereof, a ball receiving opening in the upper surface of each box, a Vshaped notch in the lower portion of each box at the open end to deflect a ball rolling out the box, each box providing a playing position, manually operable ball guiding means comprising an inverted generally U-shaped tunnel pivotally mounted on a vertical axis, offset from the longitudinal center line of each box, whereby each tunnel is in alignment with each box in only one angular position, a longitudinally exposed inwardly extending rod fixed to each tunnel, spaced inverted generally U-shaped tunnels fixed to each rod at an angle to each other and to said first mentioned tunnels, a hand engaging tunnel manipulating cross bar fixed to the outer end of each rod, whereby all of said tunnels may be moved about said vertical axis, an aperture in the upper surface of said base in the corner formed by each closure wall and each trap wall to receive balls from each playing position, ball return troughs on the underside of said base communicating with said last named apertures at one playing position and terminating beneath openings in said upper surface adjacent the next playing position, game ball containers on the upper surface of said base adjacent each playing position and a removable cover for said base providing an unobstructed fiat upper surface.

5. A combination game table and game comprising a generally rectangular table base, foldable and adjustable leg structure on said base, the upper surface of said base being inclined downwardly from each side edge toward the center, four game ball receiving pockets in the center of said upper surface, said pockets being formed by upstanding partitions extending diagonally of said base, a restricted entrance opening for each pocket, each opening being formed by an upstanding closure wall disposed across the outer end of each partition at an angle thereto, each opening being disposed substantially opposite the mid-point of each side edge of said base, the plane of each opening being at an angle to each side edge of said base, an upstanding trap wall extending outwardly from one end of said closure wall substantially at right angles thereto, an inwardly opening game ball starting box disposed adjacent each side edge of said base substantially midway of the length thereof, a ball receiving opening in the upper surface of each box, a V-shaped notch in the lower portion of each box at the open end to deflect a ball rolling out of the box, each box providing a playing position, manually operable ball guiding means providing a generally U-shaped tunnel pivotally mounted on a vertial axis offset from the longitudinal center line of each box, whereby each tunnel is in alignment with each box in only one angular position, a longitudinally disposed inwardly extending rod fixed to each tunnel, spaced inverted generally U-shaped tunnels fixed to each rod at an angle to each other and said first mentioned tunnels, a hand engaging tunnel manipulating cross bar fixed to the outer end of each rod, whereby all of said tunnels may be moved about said vertical axes, an aperture in the upper surface of said base in the corner formed by each closure wall and each trap wall to receive balls from each playing position, ball return troughs on the underside of said base communicating with said last named apertures at one playing position and terminating beneath openings in said upper surface adjacent the next playing position and a removable cover for said base providing an unobstructed flat upper surface.

6. A combination game table and game comprising a generally rectangular table base, foldable and adjustable leg structure on said base, the upper surface of said base being inclined downwardly from each side edge toward the center, four game ball receiving pockets in the center of said upper surface, said pockets being formed by upstanding partitions extending diagonally of said base, a restricted entrance opening for each pocket, each opening being formed by an upstanding closure wall disposed across the outer end of each partition at an angle thereto, each opening being disposed substantially opposite the midpoint of each side edge of said base, the plane of each opening being at an angle assenvs to each side edge of said base, an upstanding trap wall extending outwardly from one end of said closure wall substantially at right angles thereto, an inwardly opening game ball starting box disposed adjacent each side edge of said base substantially midway of the length thereof, a ball receiving opening in the upper surface of each box, each box providing a playing position, manually operable ball guiding means comprising an inverted generally U-shaped tunnel pivotally mounted on a vertical axis oifset from a longitudinal center line of each box, whereby each tunnel is in alignment with each box in only one angular position, a longitudinally disposed inwardly extending rod fixed to each tunnel, spaced inverted generally U-shaped tunnels fixed to each rod at an angle to each other and to said first mentioned tunnels, a hand engaging tunnel manipulating cross bar fixed to the outer end of each bar, whereby all of said tunnels may be moved about said axes, an aperture in the upper surface of said base in the corner formed by each closure wall and each trap wall to receive balls from each playing position, ball return troughs on the underside of said base communicating with said last named apertures at one playing position and terminating beneath openings in said upper surface adjacent the next playing position and a removable cover for said base providing an unobstructed flat upper surface.

7. A combination game table and game comprising a generally rectangular table base, foldable and adjustable leg structure on said base, the upper surface of said base being inclined downwardly from each side edge toward the center, four game ball receiving pockets in the center of said upper surface, said pockets being formed by upstanding partitions extending diagonally of said base, a restricted entrance opening for each pocket, each opening being formed by an upstanding closure wall disposed across the outer end of each partition at an angle thereto, each opening being disposed substantially opposite the midpoint of said side edge of said base, the plane of each opening being at an angle to each side edge of said base, an upstanding trap wall extending outwardly from one end of said closure wall substantially at right angles thereto, an inwardly opening game ball starting box disposed adjacent each side edge of said base substantially midway of the length thereof, a ball receiving opening in the upper surface of each box, each box providing a playing position, manually operable ball guiding means comprising an inverted generally U-shaped tunnel pivotally mounted on a vertical axis offset from the longitudinal center line of each box, whereby each tunnel is in alignment with each box in only one angular position, a longitudinally disposed inwardly extending rod fixed to each tunnel, spaced inverted generally U-shaped tunnels fixed to each rod at an angle to each other and to said first mentioned tunnels, a hand engaging tunnel manipulating cross bar fixed to the outer end of each rod, whereby all of said tunnels may be moved about said vertical axes, an aperture in the upper surface of said base in the corner formed by each closure wall and each trap wall to receive balls from each playing position and ball return troughs on the underside of said base communicating with said last named apertures at one playing position and terminating beneath openings in said upper surface adjacent the next playing position.

8. A combination game table and game comprising a generally rectangular table base, foldable and adjustable leg structure on said base, the upper surface of said base being inclined downwardly from each side edge toward the center, four game ball receiving pockets in the center of said upper surface, said pockets being formed by upstanding partitions extending diagonally of said base, a restricted entrance opening for each pocket, each opening being formed by an upstanding closure wall disposed across the outer end of each partition at an angle thereto, the plane of each opening being at an angle to each side edge of said base, an upstanding trap wall extending outwardly from one end of said closure wall substantially at right angles thereto, an inwardly opening game ball starting box disposed adjacent each side edge of said base, a ball receiving opening in the upper surface of each box, each box providing a playing position, manually operable ball guiding means comprising an inverted generally U-shaped tunnel pivotally mounted on a vertical axis offset from the longitudinal center line of each box, whereby each tunnel is in alignment with each box in only one angular position, a longitudinally disposed inwardly extending rod fixed to each tunnel, spaced inverted generally U-shaped tunnels fixed to each rod at an angle to each other and to said first mentioned tunnels, a hand engaging tunnel manipulating cross bar fixed to the outer end of each rod, where;- by all of said tunnels may be moved about said vertical axes, an aperture in the upper surface of said base in the corner formed by each closure wall and each trap wall to receive balls from each playing position and ball return troughs on the underside of said base communicating with said last named apertures at one playing position and terminating beneath openings in said upper surface adjacent the next playing position.

9. A combination game table and game comprising a generally rectangular table base, foldable and adjustable leg structure on said base, the upper surface of said base being inclined downwardly from said side edge toward the center, game ball receiving pockets in the center of said upper surface, said pockets being formed by upstanding partitions, a restricted entrance opening for each pocket, each opening being formed by an upstanding closure wall disposed across the outer end of each partition at an angle thereto, an upstanding trap wall extending outwardly from one end of said closure wall sub stantially at right angles thereto, an inwardly opening game ball starting box disposed adjacent each side edge of said base, a ball receiving opening in the upper surface of each box, each box providing a playing position, manually operable ball guiding means comprising an inverted generally U-shaped tunnel pivotally mounted on a vertical axis offset from the longitudinal center line' of each box, whereby each tunnel is in alignment with each box in only one angular position, a longitudinally disposed inwardly extending rod fixed to each tunnel, spaced inverted generally U-shaped tunnels fixed to each rod at an angle to each other and to said first mentioned tunnels, a hand engaging tunnel manipulating cross bar fixed to the outer end of each rod, whereby all of said tunnels may be moved about said vertical axes, an aperture in the upper surface of said base in the corner formed by each closure wall and each trap wall to re ceive balls from each playing position and ball return troughs on the underside of said base communicating with said last named apertures at one playing position and terminating beneath openings in said upper surface adjacent the next playing position.

10. A combination game table and game comprising a generally rectanguiar base, foldable and adjustable leg structure on said base, the upper surface of said base being inclined downwardly from each side edge toward the center, game ball receiving pockets in the center of said upper surface, said pockets being formed by upstanding partitions, a restricted entrance opening for each pocket, each opening being formed by an upstanding closure wall disposed across the outer end of each partition at an an le thereto, an upstanding trap wall extending outwardly from one end of said closure wall substantially at right angles thereto, an inwardly opening game ball starting box disposed adjacent each side edge of said base, a ball receiving opening in the upper surface of each box, each box providing a playing position, manually operable ball guiding means comprising an inverted generally U-shaped tunnel pivotally mounted on. a vertical axis ofiset from the longitudinal center line of each box, whereby each tunnel is in alignment with each box in only one angular position, a longitudinally disposed inwardly extending rod fixed to each tunnel, spaced inverted generally U-shaped tunnels fixed to each rod at an angle to each other and to said first mentioned tunnels, hand engaging means on each rod, whereby all of said tunnels may be moved about said vertical axes, an aperture in the upper surface of said base in the corner formed by each closure wall and each trap wall to receive balls from each playing position and ball return troughs on the underside of said base communicating with said last named apertures at one playing position and terminating beneath openings in said upper surface adjacent the next playing position.

11. A combination game table and game as defined in claim 10, in which said foldable and adjustable leg structure comprises a hinge having one part fixed to said base and the other part fixed to a threaded stud, a leg threadedly received on said stud to permit adjustment of the length of said leg, an abutment plate fixed to said base for engaging said leg when in erected position perpendicular to said base and releasable latch means for retaining said leg in erected position, said latch means comprising a finger engaging member pivotally mounted on said base and a projection on said finger engaging member for engaging said leg to hold the same in engagement With said abutment plate and movable out of the way to permit movement of said leg into a position substantially parallel to said base.

12. A combination game table and game as defined in claim 11 in which said abutment plate includes an arcuate recess for receiving said leg when in erected position perpendicular to said base, said projection serving to hold said leg in said recess.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification273/120.00R, 273/309, 273/122.00R, 273/125.00R, 108/125
International ClassificationA63F1/00, A63F7/00, A63F7/06, A63F1/06
Cooperative ClassificationA63F1/06, A63F7/06, A63F7/0023
European ClassificationA63F1/06, A63F7/06, A63F7/00D