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No. 818,895. PATENTBD APR. 24, 1906.
I E. KUHN. GAME APPARATUS.
APPLIOATION FILED SEPT. 13. 1904.
2 SHEETS-SHEET 1.
INVENTOR PATBNTED APR. 24, 1906.
AyPLIoATIoN FILED SEPT. 1a, w04.
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`WITNESSESI 7% Mvg/zw UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
Speccation of Letters Patent.
Patented April 24, 1906.
Application filed September 13,1904. Serial No. 224,280.
To all whom it may concern.-
Be it known that I, EDMOND KUHN, a citizen of the United States, residing at East Orange, in the county of Essex and State of New Jersey, have invented new and useful Improvements in Game Apparatus, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to a game, toy, or
amusement device; and the invention re- ]O sides in the novel features of construction set forth in the following specilication and claims and illustrated in the annexed drawings, in which- Figure 1 is a face view of the game device embodying this invention. Fig. is a view like Fig. 1, the dial and hands having been removed. Fig. 3 is a view showing the stop and releasing device. Fig. 4 is a section through the stem and center of the device. Fig. 5 shows a view like Fig. 3, but with the stem depressed or forced inward. Fig. 6 is a face view of a modiiication. Fig. 7 is a sectional view of Fig. Fig. 8 is a face view of another modiiication. Fig. 9 is a sectional 2 5 view of Fig. 8.
In the drawings is shown a case or housing a. It can be made in form of a watchcase lor pocket device, but not necessarily so. The "1 button b has a stem c, and a spring d tends to 3o hold or move the stern outward. This stern extends outside the case and has a feather' or sliding connection with winding-wheel e, forming part of or engaging the windingtrain of the drum or spring The rotation g5 of the button or stem rotates the windingtrain or winds up the spring; but the stem can have a certain longitudinal play independent of pinion e.
If the stem is pressed against the tension 4o of spring d, Fig. 5, and then released, the spring will restore the stein to its outward or normal position. This stem when depressed will actuate the anchor g of the stop and releasing device and allow the wheel 71y to snap 4 5 or turn a distance of one of its teeth under the influence or tension of the motor or main spring f. This wheel is shown geared to the spring or drum and having four teeth-that is, the wheel makes a quarter of a turn at 5o each actuation of the anchor 5 but of course another number or division of teeth can be chosen for the wheel. The anchor is fulcrumed or pivoted at i, and its play is limited by a suitable stop Il', such as a pin-and-slot con- 5 nection.
The staff or spindle 'm of the toothed wheel carries a driver or star wheel o, Fig. 2, which partakes of the step-by-step movement of the toothed wheel. As this driving-wheel snaps or swings about for one step the 6o points thereof engage the hub portions y) of fly-wheels or disks q. These hub or contact portions are made of or provided with soft material, as rubber or felt, or faced or prepared to give a hold or friction contact to the projecting part of the driving-wheel as it flies past the hub. By such driving means an impulse is given to the disks or fly-wheels, and as each disk rotates more or less its staff 7', with the hand s carried thereby, rotates,7o and on coming to rest the hands will respectively7 point to some graduation or mark. In Fig. l, for example, are shown dice-faces t, and as the hands respectively come to resty at various faces or points a notation can be `75 made.
The operation of the device is simple. By turning the stem the device is wound up. By depressing the stein the releasing-anchor g, pressed by spring 2, is actuated, and the V8o driving mechanism gives its impulse or imparts motion. As the index or marks come to rest at various points, the result can be noted according to a prescribed or voluntary rule arranged for the game.
In Fig. 1 the indexes s are shown movable and the marks or notations are fixed or placed on a dial. The indexes and marks can, however, be made movable with respect to one another in different ways. In Fig. 6 9o is shown a fixed index or pointer plate s, and the notations t are shown as disks on the rotary spindles 1'. In Fig. 7 the rotary notations are covered by a plate u., having sight-openings. Such modifications are of course included in the invention, and the device can be made in a variety of ways or forms without departing from the invention.
The stein c forms a simple means 'for actuating' the anchor, which is returned by spring roo 2 on the release of the stem. The marks or notations can be made in a variety of ways, or colors, pictures, or other figures or illustrations can be employed as called for. The spindles rbeing independent from one another io 5 will each come to rest at some individual point, which varies at different times. Such independently rotatable spindles can of course be arranged in any suitable series or number.
The contact portion of the fly-wheel can be readily formed of a rubber ring slipped IIO onto the hub or of a rubber disk forming the hub p.
What I claim as my invention, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-
1. A game apparatus comprising a looselymounted index having a staH With a contact portion, a driving-Wheel with a shaft mounted parallel to the staii of the index and having projections to engage the contact portion of the staff of the index When the driving- Wheel rotates, a spring for actuating the driving-Wheel, a releasing and stop device Jfor the driving-Wheel, and a stem having longitudinal motion to oscillate the releasing and stop device and being made rotary and havin a gear connection with the spring to Wind the latter, said releasing and stop device and spring being all located in planes parallel with the plane of the driving-Wheel to Jform a compact structure.
2. A game apparatus comprising a series of independently-rotatable spindles grouped about a common center point, a driver for iving an impulse to the spindles, a spring or the driver and a releasing device having a stop for the driver, said driver consisting of a Wheel rotatable about said center point, and normally out of contact With the surrounding group of spindles and provided With projections made to momentarily contact With the spindles as the driver rotates.
3., A game apparatus comprising rotatable spindles, a. driver made to contact With and rotate the spindles, a spring for rotating the driver, a Winding-Wheel for the spring, a releasing device and stop, and a rotatable and longitudinally-movable stem having gear connection With the Winding-Wheel and extended into contact with the releasing device.
4,' A gamel apparatus comprising an index `Wheel adapted to revolve and en With a fly-Wheel having a hub provided With a contact portion of soft material, and a starage the contact portion to rotate the fly-W eel and index, said star-Wheel being made to rotate about a fixed axis and being normally out of contact With the hub, the projections or points of the star being of such size or diame ter as to extend to and contact with the hub as the star-Wheel rotates.
5. A game apparatus comprising aA dial and indexes, ily-Wheels connected With the indexes, a star-Wheel Jfor giving an impulse to the ily-Wheels, a spring connected to the star-Wheel, a releasing device having a stop and a stem made to engage the releasing device and having a gear connection With the spring.
6. A game apparatus comprising a case, a spring in the case, a Winding-gear for the spring, a star-Wheel actuated by the spring, a releasing and stop mechanism for the star- Wheel, a stem slidable through the Windinggear and made to contact with the releasing and stop mechanism and rotatable for rotatin the gear to Wind the sprin a set of spindles With iiy Wheels and ubs independent of one another 'and grouped about the star-Wheel, and indexes carried by the spindles, said star-Wheel being normally out of contact with the hubs but having its points of such diameter or reach as to contact With the hubs When the star-Wheel rotates.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand in the presence of two subscribing Witnesses. -v
EnMoNn KUHN. y
Witnesses CHARLES PoENsGEN, GEORGE HULSBERG.