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Publication numberUS484115 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 11, 1892
Publication numberUS 484115 A, US 484115A, US-A-484115, US484115 A, US484115A
InventorsHarry J. Saxton
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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110.484,11. 'Pa1en1ed'o01- 11, 1892.




SPECIFICATION forming part 0f Letters Patent N0. 484,115, dated October 11, 1892. Application filed March 25. 1892. Serial No. 426,872. (No model.)

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, HARRY J. SAXTON, of the city of St. Louis, State of Missouri, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Game Apparatus, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description, reference being had to the accompanying drawings,

forming a part hereof.

My invention relates to improvements in games5 and it consists in the novel arrangement and combination of parts, as will be more fully hereinafter described, and designated in the claims.

In the drawings, Figure l is a perspective view of my complete invention. Fig. 2 is a vertical longitudinal section of the same.

The object of my invention is to construct an improved apparatus for playing dice and similar. games, and in place of shaking the dice in the usual and well-known manner I place the same in a hermetically-sealed receptacle filled with liquid and placing in said receptacle dice or similar devices. I also place in said receptacle wires or similar devices for striking and turning the dice as the receptacle is revolved, to be more fully hereinafter described.

Referring to the drawings, l indicates the stand for the receptacle, which is composed of legs 2 of the construction as illustrated in Fig. l. The standard portion 3 of said legs are provided with knobs or projections 4, on which the receptacle is mounted in a manner as will be more specifically hereinafter described. Mounted in one of the legs 2 is a clamping device 5, which normally holds the receptacle 6 in a vertical position. Said clampingdeviee 5 is provided with a concave portion 7 similar in cont-our to the external surface of the receptacle'6.

Having given a description of the supporting mechanism for the receptacle 6, I will now proceed to describe the receptacle itself. Said receptacle is composed of a transparent substance, or at least the ends 8 of the same should be transparent, s0 that the dice 9, located in the same, can be seen. Said receptacle is lled with any liquid desired and is hermetically sealed in any suitable and mechanical manner. Said receptacle 6 is pivoted inthe stand 1, as illustrated in the drawings, wherein thel said receptacle is shown provided with circular depressions 10, formed therein, in which the projections 4 are adapted to snugly fit. However, I do not wish to limit myself to this construction of pivoting the receptacle 6 in the stand l.

Located in the receptacle 6 are wires ll, which pass at right angles, as illustrated in Fig. 1, for the purpose more fully hereinafter described.

The dice 9 are constructed of any suitable material of less specific gravity than water or the liquid contained in the receptacle, and no matter what end of the receceptacle 6 is up the dice 9 will iioat to the top and can be seen through the transparent ends 8. When the receptacle 6 is revolved, the dice 9 will come in contact with the wires 11 and will be turned over. This operation may be repeated as often as desired. In other words, the dice 9 are to be shaken by the revolution of the receptacle 6. Idesire to state in this connection that I may use any number of wires, such as l1, or any other device, adapted to turn the dice when receptacle 6 is revolved. In place of using dice I may use the invention, as described, for playing similar games. The receptacle 6 may be also constructed out of any material. The only necessary requirement, however, in the construction is to have the ends transparent, so that the dice may be seen through the same.

The method of playing dice or any similar' game in accordance with the principle of my invention is as follows: After the dice have been located in the hermetically-sealed receptacle 6, and if the same be in a vertical posi` tion, the dice will float toward the transparent ends S-or that is, the end that is turned up and can be readily read through said ends, and by revolving said receptacle the dice will pass to the opposite end and will showfaces provided with the different number of dots to that peviously shown. In this manner the game is played. In other words, in place of shaking the dice in the ordinary way they are shook in a hermetically-se'aled vessel filled with liquid, which is presumed prevents all cheating and tricks in the game.

Having fully described my invention, what I claim is 1. A hermetically-sealed receptacle containing dice and filled with a fluid having greater specific gravity than the dice located in said receptacle, substantially as set forth.

2. A hermetically-'sealed receptacle filled with a liquid and dice located in said receptacle, substantially as set forth.

3. A hermetically-sealed dice-box filled With a liquid, dice located in said boX, and devices located in the same for disturbing the passage of said dice through said liquid, substantially as set forth.

4. The herein-described apparatus for playing dice and similar games, comprising a hermeticall y-sealed receptacle pivotallymounted in a stand, liquid contained in said receptacle, and means for holding the same in a vertical position When it is desired not to revolve the same, substantially as set forth.

5. The herein-described apparatus for play- `ing dice and similar games, which consists of a stand, hermetically sealed receptacle pivotally mounted on the same, Wires or similar devices passing through said receptacle, liquid contained in the same, a clamping device for holding said receptacle in a vertical HARRY J. SAXTON.



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Cooperative ClassificationA63F9/0406