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Publication numberUS799985 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 19, 1905
Filing dateFeb 1, 1905
Priority dateFeb 1, 1905
Publication numberUS 799985 A, US 799985A, US-A-799985, US799985 A, US799985A
InventorsEdward Clyde Howland
Original AssigneeEdward Clyde Howland
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 799985 A
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No. 799,985.' PATBNTED SEPT. 19, 1905. E. 0. HOWLAND.




Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Sept. 19, 1905.

Application filed February 1, 1905. Serial No. 243,643.

To all whmn it may concern:

Be it known that I, EDWARD CLYDE How- LAND, acitizen of the United States, anda resident of New Milford, in the county of Litchfield and State of Connecticut, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Puzzles, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.

The purpose of the invention is to provide a puzzle in which rolling objects differently colored are by shaking the receptacle containing them brought simultaneously to certain positions over correspondingly-colored spots and to provide barriers so grouped and arranged as to offer the greatest possible obstacle to the accomplishment of the desired purpose.

The invention consists in the novel construction and combination of the several parts, as will be hereinafter fully set forth, and pointed out in the 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 both the figures.

Figure 1 is a plan View of the improved puzzle; and Fig. 2 is a vertical section through the same, taken practically on the line 2 2 of Fig. 1.

A receptacle A is employed which is circular in general contour, as illustrated, and this receptacle consists of a bottom 10, an upwardly-extending side member 11, and a top 12, which is secured to the side member and which is in the nature of a transparent pane, glass being usually employed.

A series of barriers B is arranged upon the upper face of the bottom 10 of the receptacle A. These barriers B are in circular arrangement and are concentric, as is shown in Fig. 1. Each barrier B consists of any desired number of segmental ribs 13, the said ribs being triangular in cross-section, as is best illustrated in Fig. 2, and at each end of each rib 13 of a barrier a pin 14 is located,

. which pins extend up a desired distance and scribed and employed in operating the puzzle will meet with the greatest possible resistance in reaching their goal.

Within the inner barrier B at the center of the receptacle 10 a white spot 17 is produced, and adjacent to the central white spot 17 other spots 18 and 19, for example, are produced on the bottom of the receptacle A, the spot 18 being red and the spot 19 blue; but other colors may be selected if desired.

In connection with the game-board or receptacle just described rolling objects are employed corresponding in number to the number of spots produced within the inner barrier B. These rolling objects may be and preferably are marbles, and said rolling objects are correspondingly colored to the spots above mentioned. For example, the marble 17 is white, the marble 18 is red, and the marble 19 is blue. These marbles or rolling objects are permanently placed within the receptacle A, and the object of the puzzle is by shaking or manipulating the receptacle A to cause the rolling objects to simultaneously stop and center themselves over the spots having corresponding colors.

Having thus described my invention, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent 1. As an improved article of manufacture, a puzzle comprising a circular receptacle having a transparent cover and concentric barriers produced upon the inner face of the bottom of the receptacle, the barriers being constructed of segmental ribs triangular in crosssection and spaced at their ends, and pin projections from the ends of the ribs, the said bottom Within the inner barrier having a uniform surface provided with a series of spots variously colored, and rolling objects correspondingly colored to the color of the spots, as described.

2. As an improved article of manufacture,

a puzzle comprising a circular receptacle hav ing a transparent top, circular barriers concentrically arranged on the inner face of the bottom of the receptacle, the said barriers comprising series of segmental ribs triangular in cross-section, and upwardly-extending pin projections at the ends of the ribs, the ribs of a barrier being spaced a distance apart at their ends, and the ribs of one barrier being opposite the space between the ends of the ribs of the adjacent barrier, the bottom of said receptacle being provided Within the inner barrier With three variously-colored spots disposed in the form of a triangle, one of the spots being at the center of the bottom of the receptacle, and-rolling objects located Within the said receptacle, corresponding in number to the said spots, and colored correspondingly thereto, the said rolling objects being adapted to be located over the IQ spots having the same color, as set forth.

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



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