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Publication numberUS947124 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 18, 1910
Filing dateMay 19, 1909
Priority dateMay 19, 1909
Publication numberUS 947124 A, US 947124A, US-A-947124, US947124 A, US947124A
InventorsCharles F Renner
Original AssigneeCharles F Renner
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Game apparatus.
US 947124 A
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WITNESSES C. F. RENNER.

GAME APPARATUS.

APPLICATION FILED MAY 19, 1909.

Patented Jan.18,1910. .5472?, 2, g

ATTORNEYS 'UNITED srntriis PATENT OFFICE.

CHARLES F. RENNR, /OF PITTSBURG, PENNSYIi'VANIA.l

GAME APPARATUS.

Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Jan. 1s, 1910.

Application filed May 19, 1909. Serial No. 496,877.

i structions and combinations of parts hereinafter described and claimed. V

The object of the invention is to provide a new and entertaining device, adapted to be played by one or more players,-.andin which the element of skill entersto some extent.

Referring to the drawings forminga vpart hereof: Figure 1 is a longitudinal section of the improvement, Fig. 2 is a similar view showing it in another position, and Fig. 3 is an enlarged partial section at right angles to Figs. 1 and 2.

The embodiment of the, invention shown in the drawings consists of a casing 1, preferably cylindrical in shape, and of4 suitable transparent material, such as glass, the said casing having an integral bottom 2, and a screw cap 3.

A plurality of wires. 4 have one end secured to the cap, as at 5, in 'any suitable manner, and the said wires extend downwardly close to the side wall of the casing,

'and on opposite sides thereof, to approximately the longitudinal center thereof.

The lower ends of the wires are bentinwardly as zit-6, at a right angle to the body portion, and a gate 7 is provided with bearings 8, for receiving the inturned ends, Athe bearings being at opposite sides of the gate as shown.

The gate is circular in form to ty the casing, and is provided with a plurality of preferably circular openings 9, therethrough, for a purpose to be presently described, and at one edge of the gate, at' approximately 90 from the bearings aweight 10 is secured.

The bearings 8 are in alinement, and on a diameter of thek gate, so that the gate swings freely on the angular ends of `the' wires, but one of they inturned ends of the wires is provided with a lateral lug 11, ex-

prevented ,from passing. not quite'ifi'll, the vessel, sufficient space being."

tending toward the side ofgthe vgate provided ,with the weight, for limiting the,

swinging movement of the gate, and to retain it in horizontal position, when thecasying is varranged with the cap 3 upward, as

shown in Fig. 1. n

.The arrangement-of the weight and lug with respect to the gate, is such, thatwhen that is inerect and normal position, the gate swings transversely of the casing and re# mains in such position, while when the casf ing is reversed, the gate swings with its plane vertically.

Aplurality of hollowbodies 12 of similar shape, in thepresent-instance, representing fishes, are contained within the vessel, which ris filled with 'liquid 13, 'preferably transparf ent and non congealable by cold, the bodies being buoyant enough to 'rise slowly through the liquid when the vessel` is reversed. 'A n other hollow .body 14 is also provided,v

shaped to represent a human'figure, which is the casing isin the position shown inFig. 1,

also buoyant, infabout the same degree y.as

the other figures, and the first named figures, are providedwith characters 15, designating different values attached to the said figures. The gamemay be played 'by any number of players, yeach taking thevessel in turn,

and reversing it to first getthe-hollow bodies *y in the bottom thereof, after which it is yturned into erect and normal positions.`

When in reversed position, the figures pass by the gate to the bottom of the vessel, which is now theupper end, but when the vessel is f The figuresthat pass through thevopenings count for the player, and to the value of the indication: thereon. VThe figure 14 is' designated McGinty and is a hazard, losing the turn for the player, when he passesV through the opening.

It will be evident getliera. game of chance, since by some manipulation of the vessel-the figure 14 maybe n from the description, that the gaine is entertaining, andk not alto-A The liquid: doesn provided to permit the expansion and contraction due to climatic conditions.V

I claim:

1. A game comprising a vessel of transparent material, and adapted to contain a liquid, a screw cap for the vessel, wires projecting downwardly from the cap and provided at their free ends with angular-portions, a gate corresponding in its peripheral outline to the cross section of the vessel and provided with a plurality of substantially circular openings therethrough, bearings on the gate in which the angular portions of the wires are journaled, one of said angular portions having a lug upon which the gate rests when transverse to the vessel, a weight on one side of the gate for retaining it in transverse position when the vessel is in normal position and for swinging the gate longitudinally of the vessel when said vessel is in reversed position, and a plurality of buoyant figures within the said vessel, sundry of said figures having values indicated thereon, and one being differently shaped from the others, and adapted to act as a hazard for the purpose set forth.

2. A game consisting of a closed vessel of transparent material and adapted to contain a liquid, a gate journaled for swinging movement on an axis transverse to the vessel and provided with a plurality of openings therethrough, a weight on one side of the gate, a lug upon which a portion of the gate adjacent to the weight rests when the vessel is in normal position, and a plurality of buoyant figures within the vessel and adapted to pass through the openings, sundry of said figures having values indicated thereon and one being differently shaped from the others for the purpose set forth.

8. A game consisting of a closed vessel of transparent material and adapted to contain a liquid, a gate journaled for swinging movement on an axis transverse to the vessel and provided with a plurality of openings therethrough, a weight on one side of the gate, a lug upon which a portion of the gate adjacent to the weight rests when the vessel is in normal position, and a plurality of buoyant figures within the vessel and adapted to pass through the openings.

4. A game consisting of a vessel of transparent material adapted to contain a liquid, a gate journaled for swinging movement on an axis transverse to the vessel intermediate its ends, means for retaining the gate in transverse position when the vessel is in normal position and for permitting it to swing longitudinally of the vessel when said vessel is inverted, said gate having a plu rality of openings therethrough, and a plurality of buoyant figures in the vessel and adapted to pass through the openings, said figures having value indications thereon and one being differently shaped for the purpose specified.

5. A game consisting of a vessel of transparent material adapted to contain a liquid, a gate journaled for swinging movement on an axis transverse to the vessel intermediate its ends, means for retaining the gate in transverse position when the vessel is in normal position and for permitting it to swing longitudinally of the vessel when said vessel is inverted, said gate having a plurality of openings therethrough, and a plurality of buoyant figures in the vessel and adapted to pass through the openings.

6. A game consisting of a vessel of transparent material adapted to contain a liquid, a gate journaled for swinging movement on an axis transverse to the vessel intermediate its ends, means for retaining the gate in transverse position when the vessel is in normal position and for permitting it te swing longitudinally of the vessel when said vessel is inverted, and a plurality of buoyant figures in the vessel, said gate having an opening therethrough to permit the passage of the figures. y

7. A game comprising a vessel adapted to contain a liquid, a plurality of: buoyant figures in the vessel, sundry of said figures having value indications, and one of the figures being differently shaped from the others, a swinging gate in the vessel and having an opening for the passage of the figures, and means for retaining the gate closed when the vessel is in normal position and for retaining it open when the vessel is in inverted position.

8. A game consisting of a vessel for containing a liquid, a gate within the vessel, means for retaining the gate in closed position when the vessel is in normal position, and for retaining it open when the vessel is in inverted position, and a plurality of buoyant figures within the vessel, said gate having an opening for permitting the passage thereof, sundry of said figures having value indications and one being differently shaped for the purpose specified.

9. A game consisting of a vessel for containing a liquid, a gate within the vessel, means for retaining the gate in closed position when the vessel is in normal position, and for retaining it open when the vessel is in inverted position, and a plurality of buoyant figures within the vessel, said gate having an'opening for permitting the passage thereof, sundry of said figures having value indications.

10. A game consisting of a vessel for containing a liquid, a gate within the vessel, means for retaining the gate in closed position when the vessel is in normal position,

and retaining it open When the vessel is in opening, anda plurality of buoyant figures inverted position, and a plurality of buoyant in the vVessel, and 'adaptedl to pass through 1o l figures Within the vessel, said gate having the opening.,

an opening for permitting the passage CHARLES F RENNER thereof. f l

11. A game comprising a vessel for con- Witnesses:

taining a liquid7 a gate arranged trans- JOHN CALDWELL,

versely of the Vessel and provided With an CARL RENNER.

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US4272075 *Oct 1, 1979Jun 9, 1981Rogers Jr Thurmond JFishing game
US4496324 *Sep 29, 1982Jan 29, 1985Schulz Werner WBiomembrane demonstration apparatus
US4840374 *Jul 2, 1987Jun 20, 1989Skinner Robert MGame utilizing the sense of touch
US5738355 *Feb 18, 1997Apr 14, 1998Gibson; Kevin D.Game
US20120058456 *Mar 9, 2011Mar 8, 2012Drinkard David ACasting Training Aid Including A Target Board That Depicts An Aquatic Scene
Classifications
Cooperative ClassificationA63F5/045, G07F17/32