US 615821 A
Abstract available in
Claims available in
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Patented nec. la, |898. J. nocKsTAnEn.
Application filed Apr. 30, 1898.)
INVENTOR AMM wa?, ATTORNEY WITNESSES NITED STATES 7 PAiJinvr rricn.
JAMES DOOKSTADER, OF SYRAOUS, NEXV YORK;
'SPECIFIeATIoN' forming part of Letts Patent No. 615,8?21, man December 1a, lees.
Application filed April 30,1898.
To all whom it may concern.-
Be it known that I, JAMES DooKsTADER, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Syracuse, in the county of Onondaga, in the State of New York, have invented new and useful Improvements in One-Racks, of which the following, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, is a full, clear, and exact description.
This .invention relates to the class of cueracks which are provided with means for locking the cues in the rack.
The object of the invention is to provide a eue-rack which shall be simple, compact, and inexpensive in construction and Inore convenient and efficient in locking and unlocking the cues in the rack; and to that end the invention consists, essentially, in a cue-rack provided on its upper portion with a stop limiting the vertical movement of the cue, a vertically-movable prop in the lower portion of the rack lifting the cue to the aforesaid stop, a lock retaining said prop in its elevated position, and a guard preventing lateral movement of the cue upon the prop; and the invention also consists in certain novel features of the detail construction of the cue-rack, as hereinafter described and claimed.
In the accompanying drawings, Figure l is a front View of a cue-rack embodying my invention. Fig. 2 is a vertical transverse section on line X X in Fig. l, and Fig. 3 is an enlarged vertical longitudinal section of a portion of the case containing the locks for retaining the cue-supporting props in their elevated positions.
A represents the rack-frame, which may be of any desired design. The base of this frame is formed with a case b, extending across said frame, the interior of which case is provided with vertical guides c o, and the top of the case is provided with apertures d d adjacent to the aforesaid guides. On these guides slide props c e, which protrude through the apertures CZ d and have affixed to their protruding upper ends cue-seats ff, which are provided with upward-projecting cue-retaining guards f' f, as more clearly shown in Fig. 3 of the drawings.
-Each of the aforesaid props is provided on its side with a vertical ratchet t, preferably formed directly on the props, said ratchet-s Serial No. 679,305. (No model.)
having the horizontal or abrupt portions of their teeth facing downward, for the purpose hereinafter explained. Adjacent to each of said ratchets is a suitable lock r, secured in the case b and having its bolt g' shaped to enter between the ratchet-teeth and vby engaging the horizontal or abrupt portion of the tooth directly over the bolt lock the prop, so as to retain it in its elevated position. Each lock is provided with a special key h to insure private use of the cue seated upon the prop e controlled by the lock.
The top portion of the frame A has attached to it a cue-guide a, consisting of a horizontal transverse board in which are a series of holes through which the upper ends of the cues ZZ pass and are thus guided and supported in vertical position. Over said guide is a stop o, consisting of a board disposed vparallel with the board a and secured to the frame A.
The manner of using the described cue-rack is as follows: The cue is locked in the rack bythe prop e supporting said cue and pushed up to cause the upper end of the cue to abutagainst the under side of the stop o, in which position the prop is retained by the bolt of the lock g engaging the ratchet t. The guard f, surrounding the cue-seat f on the prop, prevents the cue from being drawn out laterally from said seat. Vhen it is desired to remove the cue from the rack, it is only necessary to introduce the key h into the lock and turn the key to withdraw the bolt g' from the ratchet z5. The prop, with the cue seated thereon, then drops and allows the cue to be lifted from the seat f and drawn out laterally over the guard f. In replacing the cue in the rack the cue is simply inserted in the upper guide a and placed upon the seat f, and then the prop is pushed up until the upper end of the cue comes in contact with the stop o, and in this position the cue is looked by the bolt of the lock engaging the ratchet and retaining the prop in its elevated position.
1. A cue-rack provided on its upper portion with a stop limiting the vertical movement of the cue, a vertically-movable prop in the lower portion of the rack lifting the cue to the aforesaid stop, a lock retaining the'prop in its elevated position and a guard prevent- IOO Io seats on the upper ends of the props and formed with one-retaining guards siirroundy ing' the seats, eue-guides in the top portion of the frame, and a stop over said guides receiving the impact of the cues lifted by the props as set forth.
J. J. LAAss, H. B. SMITH.