US 77452 A
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VICTOR H. RUS'OIIMANN', OR IntIjrI-MORR,1 MARYLAND.
Letters Patent No. 77,452, dated May 5, 1868; antedated'Apm'l 25, 1868'.
IMPROVEMENT IN -RA-OIIs FOR RILLIARD-OURS.
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
Be it known that l, VICTOR H. BUSOHM'ANN, of Baltimore, county of. Baltimore, and State of Maryland, have invented a new and useful Self-Opening and Closing Receptacle for Billiard-Cues und other articles; andV I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description vofv the same, reference being had to the-acbompanying drawings, forming part of this specification, in Which-l Figure 1 is a rear View of one of -the receptacles of a billiard-cue rack, the cue being in place in it.
Figure 2 is a vertical section of the same, thecue being removed from it.
Figure 3 is a similar section to iig'. 2, the cue being in place. i
Figure 4 is a' top view and section ofthe receptacle, with'thecue in it.
' Figure 5 is a front viewvaud partial sectidn of the receptacle, the black lines showing the position ofthe parts before the cue is inserted in the receptacle, and the red lines showing the position of the parts after the cue is inserted intoth`e receptacle.
Similar lettersof reference in the several figures indicate corresponding parts.
.The nature of my invention consists-in operating the retaining-button of the respective receptacles cfa cue-rack, so as to openthe cue-receptacles, by u weighted lever, and also operating it so asI to .close the receptacleby the weight of the cue being brought toA act upon the vWeighted lever.l I
The invention, which I shall describe, is designed especially for cue-racks, but is applicable to rack-s used in armories for retaining rifles or guns in an upright position. y l' To enable others skilled in the art to make and use my invention, I will proceed to describe the same with reference to the drawings.
A represents one of the recptacles ofa billiard-cue rack.
In the frontvof the upper cross-piece, a, -Of this receptacle I cut 'a semi-elliptic recess, 6, and in the intermediate cross-piece, o, a circuler ho1eb, is bored through vertically, as. shown.
.Ait one side ofthe recess b a retaining-button or` stop-piece, (l, is fas-tened, as shown, toa pivot-rod, e, which extends through to the rear edge of the cross-piece @and on its terminus a'link, f,` is firmly fastened, s aid link being pivoted, to avertical connccting-rod,g, which extends down to the bottom ofthe receptacle, and connects, by means of a pivot, with a rocking-lever, L, which is arranged at right angles tothe front face of -the receptaele,'being pivoted to lugs, c'z', projecting up from the bottomv hoard ot` the receptacle.-
f The construction'and arrangement of the foregoing contrivance are such, that when the billiard-cue is placed upon the forward end ot` the lever 7L', the weight of the cue causes said end to descend from the position shown inrg. 2 to the position shown iuiig. 3. This descent of the lever causes-the connecting-rod g to rise, and, in rising, this rod moves the link f, and causes the pivot-rod to turn, the distance of a quarter circle, and thereby move theretaining-button or stop from the position shown in black `i-n iig. 5 to the position shown in red in same figure. Thus, the button is thrown to a position .for retainingthe cue in its receptacle by the simple weight of the cue. It follows, that by removing the cue the parts will automatically assume the position they originally occupied.
The great advantage of my improvement is this: the billiard-player is saved the inconvenience and trouble of raisinglthe rue to the top ofthe receptacle before he can get it intoits place; for, u'ith my arrangement, the cue-receptacle is always open, so that the ene may be inserted by a lateral and slightly 'downward movement through the hole in the intermediate partition, and, when the `cue is inserted, its weight causes the button or stop to close thereeeptacle.
So constructing a billiard-cue rcceptacle,.that the weight of the cue, when placed therein, shall close it, and when the cue is withdrawn the receptacle will Open, and remain open, for the return ot the cue.
Witness my hand, in the matter of my application for a patent for a rack for billiard-cues, the.
l l VICTOR H. BUSCHMANN. Witnesses:
JOHN K1NeDoN, EDW. SGRAFER.