US 738586 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
No. 738,586. PATENTED SEPT; 8, 1903.
APPLLOATION FILED mm; 11, 1902.
UNITED STATES Patented September 8, 1903.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 738,586, dated September 8, 1903. Application filed June 1'7, 1903. Serial No. 161,927. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern! Be it known that I, EDWARD FRANoIs WIL- SON, of Barnsbury, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada, have invented a certain new and useful Improved Game, of which the following is the specification.
My invention relates to an improved game particularly adapted for parlor-game, which I term counterpoise 3 and the object of the invention is to devise a simple and interesting game adapting a bicycle or other vehicle as a feature; and it consists in the construction hereinafter described.
Figure l is a perspective view showing my arrangement of game apparatus. Fig. 2 is a detail of one of the bicycles mounted figures.
In the drawings like letters of reference indicate corresponding parts in each figure.
A A A A are a series of four cords which are set obliquely and connected at the top to a cross-bar B and at the bottom to a crossbar 0. The cross-bars are secured in position by cords band a to' any suitable support, it being not necessary to show the same. The cords A form the race-track and are numbered by tags D.
E is the bicycle, which is provided with a grooved wheel 0 and a racing-figure E, which may represent any different nationality, as may be desired.
6 represents depending rods which are connected to the bottom of the vehicle E, such rods carrying at the bottom the weights 6 The rodsE are arranged one on each side of the cords A. g
The racing track, hereinbefore described, may be readily rolled up on one of the crossbars.
F is a bar which is placed across the track, such bar being similar to the tape in starting a horse-race and being designed to be moved evenly, so as to allow the figures to start together on the course. The figures may be all placed in a box, together with the cords on the reel, for shipment.
The way the game is played is to elevate the bar F, as hereinbefore described, when the figures on the bicycle will run down the incline, and the first that gets to the bottom will win the race. I There may be any number of figures, depending on the number of cords.
The game may be played by two, four, six, or eight persons, or even more. The rules are as may be desired. The game is thirty, and directly the players on the one side have passed that score the game is closed.
One great advantage of this game of counterpoise is that it is so easily arranged and easily put away. i
In playing the game the figures and bags may be drawn for each race, and suitable directions and rules will have to be followed.
Of course I do not wish to limit myself to the use of a figure on a bicycle, as other forms of vehicles may be utilized without departing from the spirit of my invention.
What I claim as my invention is- A portable toy comprising a pair of crossbars, a plurality of cords having their ends secured to said cross-bars at equal distances apart, counterpoised wheeled devices adapted to travel upon said cords when theyare held taut and attaching means connected to the cross-bars whereby they may be secured to hold the cords taut in an inclined position, substantially as described.
EDWARD FRAN GIS WILSON.
LINDLEY GREASE, F. J. WILLIAMs.