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I G. & G. MERKEL,
No. 352,555, Patented Nov. 16, 1886.
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VANIA; SAID CHARLES MERKEL ASSIGNOR TO SAID GEORGE MERKEL.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 352,555, dated November 16, 1886.
Application filed March 6, 1886. Serial No. 194,287. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that we, GHARLEs MERKEL, a subject of the Emperor of Germany, and GEORGE MERKEL, a citizen of the United States, residing at Philadelphia, in the county of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Game-Tables, of which the following is a specification, reference being had therein to the accompanying drawings.
The object of our invention is to provide a neat, substantial, and inexpensive folding table which will be particularly adapted for a ing catch for holding table in position when opened for use.
The table consists of a frame-work, a,which is open at its center, and in which opening the gameboard b is placed.
c are pivots in the frame a, upon which the board b is hung.
As shown in the drawings, one side of the.
board bis arranged for the game of checkers, while the other side is arranged for the game of mill but it will. be understood that we do not confine ourselves to any particular game or games.
d is a pin passing through frame a, which looks the board b firmly in place.
When it is desired to use the lower face of the board I), the pin (1 is withdrawn, and the board is turned upon the pivots 0 until the lower face takes the place of the upper. Then the board is locked again by pin d.
e are sides upon the frame a for holding the game-counters.
The frame a is supported upon legs f g,
which are pivoted together at h.
k and Z are metal plates on the legs at their intersections.
m is a pin on plate Z, and 0 a hole in platek. in which pin mtravels. The pin m and hole 0 prevent the lcgsf and g from being opened more than the proper distance.
The legs f are pivoted to ,the frame a at z, while the legs 9 are furnished with a catch, j, made of metal, which engages with the inside of the frame a and keeps the table open.
it is a plate fastened under frame a, as shown in Fig. 5, which prevents legs 9 from falling from top a when thetableis carriedfrom place to place.
Fig. 4 shows position of table when not in use and folded up.
We are aware that tables having doublefaced tops which are pivoted to a frame, and which can be turned upon said pivots to bring either face to the top, have before been known; and we are also aware that tables having legs and tops which are adapted to be folded up are not new, and hence we do not claim either of these features, broadly; but
What we do claim is The combination, in a game-table, of the frame a, having sides e for holding gamecounters, and adouble-faced game-board, b,
pivoted to said frame a at c, a pin or'catch, d, and legs f g, pivoted together at h, the former being hinged or pivoted to frame a at c,
andthe latter being furnished'with a catch, j, adapted to engage with a plate, u, on interior of frame a, to keep the table open, all substantially as and for the purposes set forth.
In testimony whereof we a'flix our signatures in presence of two witnesses.
OWEN B. JENKINS, O. O. STODDARD.