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Publication numberUS647814 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 17, 1900
Filing dateFeb 8, 1900
Priority dateFeb 8, 1900
Publication numberUS 647814 A, US 647814A, US-A-647814, US647814 A, US647814A
InventorsDalton Dorr
Original AssigneeDalton Dorr
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Game apparatus.
US 647814 A
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No. 647,8l4. Patented Apr. 17, 1900'.


(Application led Feb. 8, 1.900.)

(No Model.)




SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 647,814, dated April 17, 1900.

Application filed February 8, 1900. Serial No. 4,487. (No model.)

To all whom t may concern:

Beit known that I, DALTON Donn, a citizen of the United States, Vand a resident of Cynwyd, in the county of Montgomery and State of Pennsylvania, have invented a new and Improved Game Apparatus, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.

My invention relates to a game apparatus in which triangular pieces are employed, said pieces having sections differing from each other in color or shade, so that a plurality ot' pieces may be arranged in a multiplicity of different manners to produce a great variety of geometrical designs; also, sometimeslcombine with the above-mentioned feature an arrangement of pips or dots by which the blocks or pieces become adapted for use in a game similar to the well-known game of dominoes.

The invention will be fully described hereinafter and the features of novelty pointed out in the appended claims.

Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification, in which similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts in all the figures.

Figure lis a plan View showing some of my improved blocks. Fig. 2 shows a geometrical design formed of several of, my improved blocks from which the pips or dots have been omitted; and Figs. 3 and 4 show one of the blocks separately, the block in Fig. 3 having dots or pips upon it, While the block shown in Fig. 4 is Without them.

In carrying out my invention I make use of triangular blocks A, preferably in the shape of equilateral triangles, and by connecting the centers of each side by lines A', which are parallel with the sides of the triangle, I form a center panel A2 and three corner-panels A3, all of which are triangular and in the case of an equilateral triangle identical with each other. The central panel A2 is distinguished from the corner-panels A3 generally by being of a ditferent color. 4 For instance, the central panel may be white,while the three corner-panels will in some blocks all be of the same color-say red-or of two different colors-say red and blue-as indicated for the block lettered A4 in Fig. 2, or the three panels may each be of a different color-say red,

ublue, and yellow-as shown at A5 in Fig. 2.

Ot' course I am not limited to the use of four colors; but I may employ an additionalcolor. Thus, for instance, the block Afl/In Fig. 2 has an additional color for one of the corner-sections a3-for instance, green.

By placing the blocks together appropri` ately various designs may be obtained, such as a star-shaped design (shown in Fig. 2) and a great variety of others. The use of different colors enables me to obtain a still greater variety, as the same design may be reproduced with different distributions of colors.

My im proved blocks may also be used in a game to be played by several persons, after the fashion of dominoes, by simply matchving? the blocks-that is, putting them to= gether in such a manner that panels of like colors will be adjacent to each other, as in the design shown in Fig. 2. For this purpose the corner-panels A3 may bear dots or pips B, as shown in Figs. l and 3, panels of the same color containing the same number of pips. These dots will be arranged in various combinations, and when the maximum number of dots appearing on one of the panels is limited to three the entire game will employ twenty-Y four blocks. It will be seen that the central panel A2 does not contain any dots, so that the several sets of dots appearing on one block are clearly separated from. each other and the blocks are readily distinguishable.

W'hile I have shown the central panel A2V and corner-panels A3 formed by lines connect ing the centers of the sides of the triangle, it will be obvious that a similar block adapted more or less for use for the same purpose might be obtained by arbitrarily selecting a point on each of the sides of the triangle and connecting these three points to form a central panel and cornenpanels. v

Having now described my invention, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent-- 1. A block for a gaine apparatus, said block being of triangular form and having a central panel in the shape of a triangle, the corners of `which are upon the edges of the block, and triangular corner-panels.

2. A block for a game apparatus, said block roo '2 c Y A647,814

Y from the central panel, and also differing in being triangular in shape andihaving a een tral panel in the shape of a triangle, the corners ofvwhich are upon the edges of the block, and corner-panels diifering in color, or shade from the central panel. p v 3. A block for a game apparatus,'said block being triangular in shape'and `having a central panelin the shape of a triangle, the corners of which are upon'the edges of the block,

and corner-panels d iierng in color or shade color and shade among themselves.

4. A block for a game apparatus, said block 'i being triangular in shape and having a centra'l triangular panel, the corners of which are upon the edges'of the block, and cornerpanels, and dots er pips located upon sundry of said panels. Y

' 5. A block foi` a game apparatus, said block being triangular' in shape andhaving a central triangular panel, the corners of which are upon the edges of the block, and cornerpanels, and dots or pips located upon the corner-panels, substantially as described.

In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this speciicaton in the presence of two subscribing Witnesses. y v


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Cooperative ClassificationA63F9/20