US 3905547 A
A circular cribbage board having a circular base plate on which a circular counter disc, bearing a circular scale having 122 divisions numbered consecutively from 0, is mounted for rotation. A transparent cover plate which is fixedly mounted on the base plate over the counter plate and through which the counter disc scale can be viewed has an arcuate slot the length of which exposes thirty holes of a row of holes in the counter plate adjacent the circular scale thereon. A circular scale numbered from 0 to 30 is displayed on the cover plate adjacent the slot thereon so that a player to record his score, extends a pointed instrument into a hole of the counter disc adjacent a selected number on the cover plate and rotates the counter disc, until the instrument meets the end of the slot, the cumulative score of the player being indicated by comparing a registration mark on the cover plate with the counter disc scale.
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United States Patent [191 [111 3,905,547
Cyre et a1. Sept. 16, 1975 CRIBBAGE BOARD I Primary Examiner-Stephan J. Tomslty  Inventors: Ronald Eugene Cyre, PO. Box 5587 Attorney Agent or Firm-carver and Company Stn. L, Edmonton; Roger Allan Cyre, P.O. Box 27, Fort Nelson,  ABSTRACT both of Canada A circular cribbage board having a circular base plate  F'led: July 1974 on which a circular counter disc, bearing a circular  Appl. No.: 490,987 scale having 122 divisions numbered consecutively from O, is mounted for rotation. A transparent cover plate which is fixedly mounted on the base plate over  g gi 7 the counter plate and through which the counter disc scale can be viewed has an arcuate slot the length of  Int. Cl. A63F 1/18; (306C 3/00 h hi h l f f h h  Field of Search 235/90, 74, so, 88, 116, w expses t a my t 6 counter plate adjacent the circular scale thereon. A
|-|-ci-rcu1ar scale numbered from 0 to 30 is displayed on the cover plate adjacent the slot thereon so that a [5 R f e Ci player to record his score, extends a pointed instru- UNITED STATES PATENTS ment into a hole of the counter disc adjacent a selected number on the cover plate and rotates the counter disc, until the instrument meets the end of the 2.7023569 2/1955 Halloweuw slot, the cumulative score of the player being indi- 3,281,072 10/1966 Dawson 235/83 cated by comparing a registration mark the cover I plate with the counter disc scale.
2,106,466 1/1938 Paul 235/116 2,586,058 2/1952 Knopke 4 Claims, 6 Drawing Figures PATENTED SEP] 6 I975 sum 2 BF 4 layers,-as to the hole in which the dislodged peg should CRIBBAGEEBOARD' .Conventionally cribbage boards provided-with a 1 plurality of rows of holes, each,r.ow having.123 holes,
which accept ,pegs which the.,player s ,move tokeep trackof their scores. As is well known, the pegsinvariably are misplaced orubrok en which necessitates the provision of replacement pegs, It is very common to; use
match sticks for thispurpose. Replacement pegs, .unless' theyare carefully madgusually have a.loose fit in. the
,holes and duringa play, oftenare dislodged from the board which frequently results in arguments between be replaced,
. invention provides aicribb a ge board which is compact and which does not require the use of rem ov eable pegs orthe like the cribbage l board of the present inventiomithe can be tallied with the use of arty sharp pointed ilnstrumen t, such as a toothpick ora sharpened pencil o r pin, instruments which are always available and. thus "theboard is always readily available for use.,
heicrib bage board (if the present invention has acirar base plate on which a circular counter disc bearing a circular scalehaving122 divisions numbered consecutively from Q and which has a circumferentially exte'nding'row of holes, one'hole being disposed adjacent each divisionof the scale. A cover platewhich is nonrotatably'rnounted 'on th e base plate over the counter disc has an archate slot 'which is aligned with the ow; of
holes inithe'c'ount er plate and which'expose s thirty 9f said holes at one t ime.'The coverplate displays a scoring scale nhmbered from Q to 29 running adjacent the arcuate 'slot' so that a player, with the use of a sharp pointed instrument which can be extended into any selected hole through the arcuate slot, can rotate the counter disc. A reference mark on the cover plate indicates, on the circular scale of the counter disc, the players cumulative score.
A detailed description following, related to the drawings, gives exemplification of apparatus according to the invention which, however, is capable of expression in means other than those particularly described and illustrated.
DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a plan view of one embodiment of the cribbage board of the invention,
FIG. 2 is a central sectional view taken on line 22 of FIG. 1,
FIG. 3 is an exploded perspective view of the board shown in FIGS. 1 and 2,
FIGS. 4, 5 and 6 are views similar to FIGS. 1, 2 and 3, respectively,.of another embodiment of the cribbage board.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION Referring to the drawings, FIGS. 1, 2 and 3 show one embodiment 10 of the cribbage board of the invention which is designed" for'use by one playe'n. Cribbage board 10 has a circular base plate 11 on which a counter disc l2 is mounted for rotation. A circular cover plate 13 is nonrotatably mounted on the'base plate'over' the counter disc; The plates and discare secured'against separation by arivet 14 which extends through suitably sized centrally located openings l5, 16
The base plate 11 which can be'formed of any suitand 17, in the base plate,'couriter disc and cover'plate,
able firm materiaL 'such as woodxmetal or a stiff ther- 1 moplastic, has a central circular recessI8 in which the E counter disc has a neat, rotatable fit and has an annular seat 19 on which the cover plate has a neat fit. Both the base plate and cover plate are'pr ovided with diametrically opposed peripheral grooves, s everally 2l, which acceptpins, severally 22, whichc'an be gl ed inplace .to prevent relative rotation of thecover and base The counter disc 12 displays, ad acent its periphery,
jectingfrom the base of the recess 18 engaging in plates. The rivetwhich be ofia thermoplastic com- .positi'on ha'sa head 23 which engagesthe u pper surface of the cover plate. The opposite end 24 of the rivet is A heated and. pressed to fit the counter sunk opening 15 so that the bottom of the rivet is flushwith the bottom face :of the base plate.
a,circular scale 26 graduated to provide 122 divisions. The: divisions are numbered consecutively in an anticlockwise direction', from 0 or' startdivisionto a finish or 121 division, 121 being'thewinningscore in, a game of cribbage. Thecounter. plate is: also'provided with a -circular row of holes 27, one hole being disposed adjacent each of thedivisions of thescaleiT-hescale 26 is viewable through the cover plate 13, theslatter being of transparent materiaL'A hemispherical detent 27.l.pro-
holes'27' retardslrotation of the counter disc. The cover plate has an 'arcuate slot 28 which 5 is aligned with the row of holes'27. Length of the slot is such that thirty holes are exposed at one time. A scoring scale 29, having thirty divisions corresponding to the divisions of the scale 26. The divisions of the scale 29 are numbered consecutively, in an anticlockwise direction from 0 to 29, 29 being the largest single hand possible in a cribbage game. A reference mark 31 for the scale 26 is displayed on the cover plate.
In use of the cribbage boardithe counter disc is positioned to align the O or start division with the registration mark 31. For scoring, a sharp pointed instrument such as a pencil is inserted into one of the holes 27 and the counter disc is rotated in a clockwise direction until the sharp pointed instrument meets the end of the slot adjacent the 0 division of the scale 29. A players cumulative score is thus always indicated by the numerical value of the division of the scale 26 adjacent the reference mark 31. As in all cribbage games, the game ends when one players score total reaches 121.
The counter disc 12, it is seen, is not rotatably mounted on the rivet, but rather rests in the recess 18 and is confined by the walls thereof. The counter plate disc thus does not rotate freely due to the resistance developed by friction between the undersurface and edges of the disc and the bottom and walls of the recess and the effect of the detent 27.1. During play, therefore, it is very unlikely that the counter plate will move relative to the base plate should the cribbage counter accidentally be jostled, and will thus in great part, elimthe - inate' arguments which quite often: result when using a conventional cribbage board.
FIGS. 4, 5 andr6 show another embodiment 40 of a cribbage counter.
Cribbage counter 40 is designed for use by two players and includes a base plate 41 which has a central recess 42 for fittedly receiving a'counter disc 43 and an annular groove 44 for fittedly receiving an annular counter plate 45. An annular step 46 is provided in the base plate in the same manner as is provided with base plate 11 for fittedly receiving a cover plate 47, which like the cover plate 13 is secured against rotation relative to the base plate by means of pins severally 48. The
cribbage counter 40 also has a rivet 49 which is secured in the manner described with respect to rivet 14 of counter plate 10. a
The counterdisc, 43 and the annular counter plate 45 display circular scales 51 and 52, respectively, which are similar to the scale 29 of cribbage counter and the cover plate 47 has a pair of diametrically opposed arcuate slots 53 and 54, similar to the slot 28 adjacent to which counter scales 55 and 56, respectively, similar I to the sc ale 29 of cribbage counter 10, are displayed. The counter disc43 and annular counter plate 45 are cribbage counter 40 like the counter disc 12 do not freely rotateon the rivet, rotation thereof being frictionally resisted by engagement of the disc and plate with the bottoms and walls of the recess and annular groove, a
We-dai 1. A circular cribbage board comprising:
a circular base plate,
" b. a circular counter disc mounted on the base plate for rotation,
c. a circular scale having 122 divisions numbered consecutively from 0 displayed on the counter disc.
d. the counter disc having a circular row of holes with one hole at each division of the scale.
e. a cover plate nonro'tatably secured to the base plate over the counter disc having an arcuate slot aligned withthe row of holes in the counter disc for enabling a sharp pointed instrument to be inserted into a selected hole for rotating the disc, said slot having a length such as to expose the 30 holes of the counter disc at one time.
f. a scale displayed on the cover plate adjacent the slot having divisions numbered from 0 to 29,
g. a registration mark displayed on the cover plate for indicating on the scale of the counter disc, a play ers total score.
2. A cribbage board as claimed in claim 1 in which the base plate is provided with a circular recess for fittedly receiving the counter disc, said recess presenting a face for frictionally engaging the undersurface of the counter disc'so as to frictionally retarding rotation of the latter.
3. A cribbage board as claimed in claim 1 in which the base plate has an annular groove spaced from and concentric to the recess and an annular counter plate fittedly received by the annular groove for rotation, said annular counter plate displaying a circular scale having l22 divisions numbered from 0 and a row of holes disposed adjacent said scale, a second arcuate slot in the cover plate disposed over the holes of the annular counter plate for enabling a sharp pointed instrument to be inserted in a selected hole of the row of holes of the annular counter plate for rotating the latter, a scale adjacent the second slot having divisions numbered from 0 to 29, and a second registration mark displayed on the cover plate for indicating total score on the scale of the annular counter plate.
4. A cribbage board as claimed in claim 1 in which the cover plate is formed of a transparent material.