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Патент USA US2123823

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July 12, 1933-
Original Filed April 18, 1934
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Patented July 12, 1938
Herbert G. Breitenstein, Chicago, Ill., assignor to
Raymond T. Moloney, Chicago, 111.
Original application April 18, 1934, Serial No.
721,119. Divided and this application March
24, 1937, Serial No. 132,789
3 Claims. (Cl. 273—118)
My invention relates to improvements in ball
rolling or bagatelle games to make the playing
thereof more interesting and fascinating, the
present application being a divisional application
5 of my copending application Serial Number
721,119 ?led April 18, 1934 for Game of skill.
These games comprise an inclined board or
table provided with ball trapping holes, the balls
being projectable to the upperend of the board
19 to gravitate thereafter down the board and into
the holes.
The present invention more par
ticularly provides a particular type of ball closed
:trap door for certain or all of the holes so that
when a hole once receives a ball, the door closes
and the hole cannot thereafter receive another
ball, during the play of a given game cycle. As
sociated with the board and carried for sliding
movement therebelow is a panel constructed in
;a manner when shifted to move a closed trap
'20 door to its hole opening or uncovering position.
The main object of the invention is to pro
vide an improved trap door of the kind stated
associated with novel, improved means to move
a closed trap door to its hole uncovering position.
Other objects will become apparent to those
skilled in this art as the disclosure is more fully
Brie?y, such objects are attainable in a prac
ticable form by mounting in a game board hole,
30 a hinged cover or door normally disposed in an
upright hole uncovering position so that an an
gular leg extension of the door is disposed in the
hole in a manner to receive a ball entering the
1.0 5
hole. As the ball passes downwardly by gravity
through the hole, the leg is moved downwardly,
with the ball causing the door to be moved
hingedly from its normal position to a down po
sition where it covers or closes the hole to pre
vent other balls thereafter from entering said
40 hole.
Below the board is a shiftably carried
panel having an opening therein into which the
leg extension of the door extends when the door
is in hole closing position. When the panel is
shifted one end of the panel opening engages
~15 the leg to move the door back to its raised hole
uncovering position, there being operatively as
sociated with the door, a spring to flip the door
over its dead center position to insure full open
ing or closing of the door.
In the accompanying sheet of drawings:
Figure 1 is a general plan view of a ball roll
ing game;
Figure 2 is a longitudinal sectional View there
thrcugh, taken along the line 2—2 of Figure 1,
looking in the direction of the arrows; and,
Figure 3 is an enlarged, detail, longitudinal
sectional view through the trap door structure,
taken along the line 3—3 of Figure 2, looking in
the indicated direction.
As shown in Figure 1 the game device is housed 5
in a box having a front wall i6, two side walls,
H, and a rear wall, 12, the box being closed at
its top by the usual glass cover E3. The walls
carry an inclined game board M having an oval
play ?eld 95 at one side of which is a ball shoot- 10
ing passage 55. At the lower end, adjacent the
front wall it, is a shooter or projector ll for
shooting balls, in the usual way, one at a time,
onto the upper end of the playing ?eld to gravi
tate theredown toward the front wall end .15
thereof. The board ?eld 85 may be provided
‘with any number of holes i8 formed there
through to receive balls rolling over the ?eld.
Spent balls missing these holes it are received
by a spent ball pocket or opening i9 formed in 20
the lower end of the board.
As shown best in Figure 3, each hole It has a
trap door 293 pivotally mounted therein as shown
for hinging movement, said doors each having
a substantially right angular leg-extension 2| 25
depending downwardly when the door is in hole
closing or covering position. These doors are
normally in hole opening position as shown in
the dotted lines in Figure 3 so that when a
ball enters the hole it engages the leg 21 to pull 30
the door to hole covering or closing position in
an obvious manner. The lower edge of each
hole 18 adjacent the door hinge carries a ?at
spring 22, which serves releasably to lock the
door 20 in either its open or closed position, said 35
spring also acting to press the door in one direc
tion or the other as it is moved over dead center.
Underneath the board 15, and in close prox
imity thereto is slidably carried on suitable sup
ports 23, a thin, ?at panel 24 which is parallel 40
to the board and in the conventional manner
by means of a spring 25 is urged in a direction
toward the front wall 59. This panel 24 can be
slid by a coin released slide 26 mounted in the
wall la, the slide 25 adapted to. abut a shoulder 45
2'! formed on the panel 24. The panel 213 is
formed with elongated cut out openings 28 rem
spectively positioned below the ball receiving
holes l8 so that trapped balls may pass through
the panel in an obvious manner into the cabinet 50
and onto a usual ball routing panel, not shown,
for return to the projector ll in a manner well
understood in this art. It will be noted the
front edge of the panel 213 is positioned normally
under the hole H! to support balls entering same. 55
Also, it is to be noted that when a door 20 is
in hole closing position the leg 2| depends into
the adjacent opening 28 of the panel. (See
Figure 3.)
In operation, a ball enters an uncovered hole I8,
engages the door leg 2| and closes the hole by
pulling down the door 20 about its hinge as the
ball drops through the hole I8. The spring 2|
serves to snap the door over its dead center posi
10 tion to insure positive closing thereof. The ball
also drops through the opening 28 in the panel
24 and the leg 2| now hangs into said “opening
28. No further balls can enter a closed hole l8.
At the termination of play the coin slide 26 is
15 operated to push the panel 24 rearwardly away
from the front wall In, causing the front end of
opening 28 to engage and move the leg 2| to raise
the latter and hinge the door 20 upwardly until
the spring 22 is operative to snap the ‘door to its
full raised hole uncovering position.
From ‘this disclosure it will now be seen that an
improved ball trapping and control means there
for have been provided.
It is the intention to ‘cover all changes and
25 modi?cations of the example of the invention
herein shown and ‘described, which do not depart
from the spirit and scope of the invention as
de?ned in the following claims.
What is claimed is:
1. A game board having a hole therethrough, a
trap door for the hole closed by a ball dropping
through the hole, said door having a depending
portion, a thin, flat slidable panel carried imme
diately below and in close proximity to and paral
35 lel with the board and formed with an opening
into which the depending portion projects when
the‘door is in hole closing position, and means
to slide the panel to cause the end of the opening
therein to engage the depending portion to raise
40 thedoor to hole opening position.
2. In a ball rolling game having a board over
which a ball is rollable to and into a hole formed
therethrough, a door movably positioned in said
hole and normally disposed in hole opening posi
tion whereby a ball may enter the hole, said door
having an angularly related extension disposed in
the hole when the door is in hole opening position
to be engaged by a ball entering the hole and
passing through the board to move said door to
hole closing position, the combination with said 10
extension of a thin ?at panel slidably carried im
mediately under the board in close proximity to
and parallel therewith and formed with an open
ing through which the ball may pass and into
which the extension extends when the door is
moved by a ball to ‘hole closing position, and
means for sliding the panel to cause an edge of
the opening to engage the extension and move
the door to its hole opening position.
3. In a ball rolling game having a board over 20
which a ball is rollable to and into a hole formed
therethrough, a door hingedly carried in said
hole, said door adapted to be moved to hole open~
ing position, said door having an angular exten
sion positioned across the hole when the door is 25
in hole opening position to be engaged by a ball
entering and passing through the hole to move
the door to hole closing position, a spring located
in the hole bearing yieldably against the door in
a manner to snap the door over dead center
when it is moved in either direction, the combina
tion with said door extension ofa thin, ?at panel
slidably carried immediately under and in close
proximity to and parallel with the board and
formed with an opening into which the exten 35
sion depends when the door is in hole closing
position, and means to move the panel whereby
an end-of the opening engages the extension and
causes the door to move to hole opening position.
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