Improvement in checker-men
US 91233 A
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UNITED STATES PATENT OEEICE.
JOHN W. HYATT, JR., OF ALBANY, NEW YORK.
IMPROVEMENT IN CHECKER-MEN.
Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 91,233, dated June 15, 1869.
To alt whom 'it may concern:
Be it known that I, JOHN W. HYATT, Jr., of the city and county of Albany, State of New York, have invented a new and Improved Manufacture of GheckerMen; and I do hereby declare-that the following is a full and ex? act description thereof, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, an d to the letters of reference marked thereon.
My invention consists in a wooden checkerman, with a crown or other device made to represent a king in the game of checkers upon one side in relief, so that it may represent a man when the plain side is uppermost and a king when the medallion side is uppermost.
I am aware that such checker-men have been made of plastic compounds; but such men are much more expensive, and are liable to chip and break.
To enable others skilled in the art to make and use myinvention, I will proceed to describe the process of making the article.
Figure l represents a stick of any suitable wood, hard wood being preferable, turned round and of a diameter slightly in excess of the proposed` diameter of the checker-man. These sticks are sawed into sections, as in Fig. 2, so as to produce a round flat piece of wood with the grain running perpendicular to the flat sides. Fig. 3 represents aperspective view of the checker stamped and finished. Fig. 4 represents a sectional view of' the same with a kings head stamped thereon.
The pieces shown in Fig. 2 are forced into a mold or cylinder of a slightly less diameter, with aplunger in each end having the desired device orornamentengraved upon them. These plun gers are forced upon the block, and press down the end grain of the wood so as to produce a perfect impression of the matrix. The checker may then be removed from the mold formed as in Fig. 3, and enameled or otherwise iinished or colored. The crown or medallion maybe gilt or colored to contrast with the rest of the checker, if desired.
These checker-men may be manufactured at a cost of less than one-half of that of any other medallion checker now known.
Havingdescribedmyinvention,whatIclaim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States, is
A wooden medallion checker as a new article of manufacture, produced substantially as described.
JOHN W. HYATT, JR. Witnesses:
HENRY N. MYGATT, NEWTON CRAWFORD.