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Publication numberUS497726 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 16, 1893
Filing dateDec 22, 1891
Publication numberUS 497726 A, US 497726A, US-A-497726, US497726 A, US497726A
InventorsJames E. Phelps
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 497726 A
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J. R. PHELPS, PARLOB GAME. No. 497,726. Patented May 16, 1893.




SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 497,726, dated May 16, 1893.

Application filed December 22, 1891. Serial No.15,908. (No model.)

To aZZ whom it may concern/.-

Be it known that I, JAMES R. PHELPS, a citizen of the United States, residing in the city and county of San Francisco, State of California, have invented an Improvement in Parlor-Games; and I hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the same.

My invention relates to a novel game for indoor use,and it consists of the construction and combination of parts hereinafter described and claimed.

The figure represents a perspective view of my invention.

A is the chamber or case of any suitable size or shape, having openings or pockets B I arranged upon the side, and balls C adapted to fit these pockets. The chamber or case is of cylindrical form having a length greater than its diameter in cross section, and its inner surface is smooth and free of projections or irregularities that would tend to obstruct the free movement of the balls. In one of the long sides of the case or cylinder is made a series of openings arranged in a horizontal line and each having a diameter sufiicient to permit a portion of the surfaces of the balls to be projected beyond the plane of theouter sides of the cylinder but not sufficient to permit the balls to fall outward; and on the inside of the cylinder and traversing its long side at a point near the base of the horizontal line of openings is an inwardly and upwardly extending flange I-I, Whose base, where it joins the inner wall of the cylinder, forms a pocket into which the balls fall and are retained with a portion of the surfaces projected through the side openings as shown. The cylinder is mounted in standards E ris ing from a base or support F and one of its pintles D is provided with a hand-piece G by which the cylinder may be rotated. Each of these pockets may be distinguished by a number, letter, color, or other feature, and the balls are in a like manner distinguished from each other. These balls are caused to roll around the interior of the chamber or case until they are mixed up and are then directed into the pockets so that they will fall into some one of the pockets previously described. It the balls fall into the pockets containing the same distinguishing number, letter, color or other feature, they will count a certain amount toward the game. If figures are used, and a ball having a certain figure upon it falls into a pocket of the same figure, this figure will be counted toward the game. If several balls fall into their corresponding and proper pockets, the sum of the figures will be counted toward the game which may be one hundred or any other-suitable or desired number. a

For purposes of instruction, the balls may be colored like the primary colors of the rainbow, and the position of all these colors may be indicated by an illuminated are upon the lid of the box with lines connecting the different colors with the compartments or pockets of the same color.

The chamber or case may be made circu lar, if desired, and in place of adding up the figures to make a certain game, it may be employed as a game of skill to put all the' balls into pockets without reference to the color.

This device is operated by simply rotating the cylinder in one direction, the balls will fall out of the pockets when the pockets have passed beyond the highest point, and will be scattered over the interior and will be gathered up into the various pockets as the cylinder continues its rotation, so that when brought up to a point upon one side where the balls will lie securely within the pockets, they can be inspected through the openings and the game counted.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-

A game, consisting of a cylinderof greater length than its cross-sectional diameter, having a series of holes formed in a horizontal line through one of its long sides, said cyl' inder having an inner flange traversing one of its long sides and connected with the inner side at a point near the base of the openings and extending inwardly and upwardly therefrom to form a pocket, balls within the cylinder adapted to be received into said In witness whereof I have hereunto set my pocket and to have a portion of their surhand.

faces projected throu h said holes and beyond the plane of the outer sides of the cyl- JAMES R PHELPb' 5 inder, a frame in which the cylinder is mount- Witnesses:

ed, and means by which the cylinder, is ro- S. H. NoURsE,

tated, substantially as herein described. I. A. BAYLESS.

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Cooperative ClassificationA63F7/048