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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
LEWIS A. SEXTON, OF NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, ASSIGNOR OE ONE-HALF TO CHARLES MARSOHALL, OF SAME PLACE.
SPECIFICATION forming part/of Letters Patent No. 651,811, dated June 12, 1900.
Application filed November 17 1899. Serial No. 73 7,315. (No model.)
To ctZZ whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, Lnwrs A. SExToN, a citizen of the United States, residing at Newark, in the county of Essex and State of New Jersey, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Games; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which 'it appertains to make and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawin gs, and to letters of reference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification.
The objects of this invention are to provide an interesting and pleasurable game, to obtain a suitably and conveniently constructed apparatus for playing said game, and to secure other advantages and results, which may be hereinafter referred to in connection with the description of the working parts.
The invention consists in the improved game, in the apparatus for playing said game, and in the arrangements and combinations of parts of the same, allsnbstantially as will be hereinafter set forth and finally embraced in the clauses of the claim.
Referring to the accompanying drawings, in which like letters of reference indicate corresponding parts in both views, Figure 1 is a plan View of the apparatus for playing my improved game; and Fig. 2 is an enlarged edge view of the same, the board being shown in central section upon a line at right angles to the line of folding.
In said drawings, q. indicates the board upon which my new game is played, said board being preferably made in two halves a a, hinged together across the middle of the board, so that the board will fold upon itself into a doubled position, and thus reduce the size for transportation or storage, as well as protect the inner surface upon which the game is played. The said board is made of any thin and light material such as pasteboard, wood, or the like- -which is sufficiently stiff for the purpose, and upon the face of said board are printed or painted peculiar mark-- ings or rulings, as will next be described, for playing the game.
Extending entirely around the board at a suitable distance in from the edge are paralcourses, which is home.
lel lines or rulings 12, forming between themstarted from a corner of the board, as at d,
and after the player has succeeded in moving a man entirely around the board it goes into the central space e, inclosed by the A transverse row of spaces at the middle of each side of the board, as at f, maybe designated as safety spots, from which one players men cannot be taken by those of another player.
To provide means for determining the number of spaces that each player shall move in turn, I provide at the center of the gameboard a pointer or index g, pivoted at its middle to turn freely in a plane parallel to the board. Said pointer is pivoted upon a vertical pin it, having an ornamental head It and a shank passing through the pointer and being screwed or otherwise removably secured to a base-plate 2', adapted to lie upon the upper surface of the game-board. A washer j is placed upon the pin it between the pointer and the base-plate to secure sufficient play between the pointer and board.
The base-plate '6 is provided at its under side with two or more downwardly-projecting pins or legs 'L' i, said legs being adapted to enter perforations in the board, and thus support the pivotal indexpointer in proper relative position to the board. At the same time the pointer and its connected parts can be detached or removed from the board when it is desired to fold said board into closed position.
The perforations in the board a to receive the pins 11' are disposed on opposite sides of the line of folding of the board, and thus when the pointer is in place and the pins inserted in said perforations the board is held against closing and the hinged joint stiifened. Said perforations are preferably provided with eyelets k in any ordinary manner com mon to the art, so that the pasteboard will not become worn or torn by the repeated insertion and removal of the pins 41.
Upon the board a and with a center coinciding with the point of pivoting of the pointer g I describe a dial Z, over which the pointer is adapted to pass. Upon said dial are numerals arranged around the periphery upon sectors of the circle, and said numbered sec-'1? tors may be interspersed with sectors upon WhiCh QIQWIHIGH directions to advance or.
retard a playing-piece. As the pointer is spun, therefore, the sector upon which it stops 7 will indicate the move ofthe player.
By this construction I avoid the use of dice or other devices which are separate from the gameboard, and therefore liable to fall to the floor or-become lost, and instead provide a single in-tegral game apparatus complete in itself.. The attachment of the pointer to the board, furthermore, operates to hold the board open in plane position and prevents its premature 30 comprising hinged sections adapted to be closure, either partial or entire. game is finished, the pointer is detached from the board by Withdrawing its pins 2" from their sockets, and the board may then be folded.
Having thus described theinvention, what I claim as new is-; v
1. The combination with the game-board a,
When the a revoluble pointer adapted to cooperate with the said dial, and a base-plate uponwhich said pointer is pivoted, the board'being provided with perforations on opposite sides of the line of folding and eyelets inserted there-. in, and the said b aseplate having (low-nwardly-projectinigilegs or pins adapted to enter said eyelets and fit closely therein, wherebythe pointer is supported and the board is held open against folding when the pins are inserted, substantially as set forth.
2., The combination with the game-board a, adapted to be folded across the middle, and ;having a dial l, thereon and perforations on opposite sides of the line of folding, 'of a ;-pointer g, pivoted upon apla te, and said plate 2', having downwardly-extend-in g legs adapted whereby the pointer is held in properre-lative %position to the board andthe board is held open, substantially as set forth.
have hereunto set my hand this 31st day of 1 October, 1899. i
1 LEWIS A. SEXTON.
CHARLES H. PELL, O. B. PITNEY.
gto enter the said perforations in the board,
In testimony that I claim the foregoing I" folded ilQgether, and havingadial thereon, of