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my 239 wäh J. A. CLARK GAME BOARD Filed April 26, 1945 äßûáßäâä Patented July 23,1946 ` “ 2,404,693 _UNITED sTATEs PATENT OFFICE 2,404,693 GAME BOARD Joseph Arthur Clark, South Bend, Ind. Application April 26, 1943, Serial No. 484,520 5 Claims. 1 (Cl. 273-9) This invention relates to a game board, and more particularly to a game board or table having marginally positioned means for- causing a ball rolled thereon izo-rebound. One use of the game board is as a billiard game board. Game boards of this type have been made by providing a rigid, unyielding marginal member 2 Fig. 6 is a sectional view similar to Fig. 4, illus trating another embodiment of the invention, Referring to the drawing, which illustrates the preferred embodiment of the invention, and par ticularly to Figs. 1 and 2 thereof, the numeral I0 designates the marginal frame for a flat panel II. Frame I0 is preferably formed from cleats which lacks the resilience necessary for a lively having an upper portion I2 of reduced width and rebound of a game piece, by providing a marginal defining a stepped or shouldered cross-section for member with a resilient marginal cushion, and 10 marginal support of the panel at I3, whereby the by providing a taut wire arranged as the game panel I3 lies below the upper edge of frame I 0. piece rebound member. The last named type The cleats are rigidly interconnected in any suit possesses many of the advantages desired, but all able manner and the resultant frame may be re constructions heretofore devised have had at least inforced to form a strong rigid fiat unit. Panel one serious deficiency, namely, the provision of “dead points” at which the wire is rigidly sup ported and restrained against vibration, with the result that the desired lively rebound action of a II may be formed of any suitable rigidl material such as plywood, hard composition board or the like, which is strong enough to resist distortion and bending under normal conditions of use. A game piece therefrom can be obtained at selected cloth or felt cover sheet (not shown) may be ap portions only of the wire. 20 plied over panel I I, if desired. It is the primary object of this invention to A ñxture or bracket I5 is secured to the upper provide a game board whose playing area is face of each of the frame cleats adjacent to but bounded by taut wires so mounted, supported and spaced from each end thereof. The brackets I5 arranged that substantially uniform vibration or are formed from rigid metal sheet or plate stock, resilience is obtained at all ball-contacting por and preferably comprise a flat base portion I6 tions thereof. and an upwardly off-set gooseneck or longitudi A further object is to provide a game board nally reversely bent end portion Il. The base having a playing area bounded by wires posi portion I6 is apertured to receive a screw I8 or tioned thereabove in inwardly spaced relation to other securing member, and the gooseneck por the adjacent edges of the board and arranged in 30 tion I'I extends inwardly therefrom in such posi freely intersecting relation, with the securing and tion as to provide a convex upwardly facing and positioning means for the wires positioned in out upwardly off-set surface. Certain of the brack wardly spaced relation to said intersections and ets may be secured to the frame by means of said playing area. screws having circumferentially grooved heads I9 A further object is to provide a game board or the like, for purposes to be described. having a playing area bounded by wires stretched One or more wires are secured to the game thereabove at game-piece-engaging elevation and in inwardly spaced relation to the edges of said board, wherein said board has marginal openings projecting into said playing area and adapted to 40 receive and discharge from said area a game piece projected therein. ' Other objects will be apparent from the de scription, drawing and appended claims. board to provide taut wire runs 20 extending be tween opposed brackets I~5 in adjacent inwardly spaced relation to the frame cleats and spaced above the frame and the panel II with their end portions intersecting. As here shown, two wires are employed, although this number is merely il lustrative, as only one wire may be used or any number of wires up to the number of sides of the In the drawing: 45 frame IIJ may be used. In the form illustrated, Fig. l is a top plan view of one embodiment of one end of each wire is fìxedly secured, as at ZI, the invention. I to the base portion I6 of a bracket; I5, as by Fig. 2 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional View means of the screw I8 which secures said bracket taken on line 2-2 of Fig. 1. to the frame. The wire passes over the bracket Fig. 3 is a fragmentary top plan view of an 50 gooseneck I‘I and across the table in a run 2U for other embodiment of the invention. engagement with gooseneck I'I of the opposite Fig. 4 is an enlarged fragmentary detail sec bracket. The wire is then bent around a retainer `tional view taken on line 4-4 of Fig. 3. or guide, such as the grooved head I 9 of the screw Fig. 5 is an enlarged fragmentary detail sec which secures said opposite bracket, and then tional view taken on line 5-5 of Fig. 4. 55 extends diagonally at 22 across the corner of the 2,404,693 3 4 ments or balls as to allow certain limited toler ances from exact aim to result successfully in di game board to the other bracket adjacent said corner, where it is bent around the retainer I9 on recting a game piece into the pocket. These tol the screw which secures said other bracket and erances may be carefully calculated to correspond is passed over the gooseneck l1 of the same and across the table in another run 20 to the opposite QI to those in a conventional pocket billiard table. Thus the conditions of .play in a lpocket billiard game are closely simulated and approximately the bracket. The end portion 23 of the wire passes over the gooseneck l1 of the last named bracket, same degree of accuracy and skill required for around the edge of the frame, and is secured to adjusting screw '2a. billiards is also requiredY for the instant r‘game, The screw 24 is so construct ‘It will be noted that l“dead” `or non-‘vibrating ed that it may be rotated to adjust the tension of 10 spots or points in the rebound members are the wire, i. e. to draw it taut. The wire is pref lavoided in this pocket billiard embodiment as in erably hard spring wire, similar to piano wire, It will be noted that the end portions of the Y :the first embodiment. Another and alternative structure for a pocket wire runs 20 intersect and contact each other in inwardly spaced relation to brackets .|‘l5 andirarne> is 'billiard table fis illustrated in Fig. 6. The open ings 25 are formed in the same manner and the I0 and at portions thereof which may vibrate 'same Vrelation as in the Fig. 3 embodiment. The freely. These runs denne the playing area ofthe pockets fbelow said openings are formed by cavi game board upon which the game pieces, >such as ties 3l in blocks 32, secured to the frame and to balls or marbles 25, are free to roll or move. The wires are positioned vby bracket portions I1 at a 20 the panel. Cavities 3| register with said open ings and are sufñciently deep to »permit a `game level orelevation above the panel I l approximate piece to pass under the adjacent wire or Wires. ly equal to .the radius of the game pieces. Conse These cavities may also be enlarged or elongated quently, >the game pieces rebound therefrom when at 3`3 in directions ‘parallel to the frame and be projected thereagainst. Oli primary importance is the fact that the resilience of the runs is sub 25 tween the frame and the wire to receive and re tain a plurality of game pieces ina position Yaway from the mouth of the pocket inwardly of the stantially unifor-m at all points thereof, includ ing the points of intersection. Thus “dead spots” wire, whereby a number of game pieces may be are entirely avoided. Note that the intersection successively discharged into each pocket without points, .as well as the intermediate portions oi the runs, are vibratory, and that the bracket 30 interference from game pieces previously dis charged therein. goosenecks I1 are somewhat resilient. Hence a I claim: game piece or ball which is projected or rolled in l. .A game board comprising a rigid ?lat'panel, toa corner, that is, which is so projected that it a plurality of runs of wire spanning said panel strikes two angularly disposed runs adjacent their intersection simultaneously, has substan tially the same rebound as when projected against lan intermediate point of `a run. This ac 35 and spaced thereabove in freely intersecting rela tion adjacent to the corners of said panel toV de-` ñne a »closed playing area in the central portion of said panel, a vplurality of elongated brackets secured to said panel in outwardly spaced rela tion is achieved by the anchorage of the ends of the runs in outwardly spaced relation to the play ing area and to the resilient gooseneck portions 40 tion »to .said .playing area `and including an out wardly positioned ?lat base and an integral in ,Il upon which the wires Vmerely bear, and is >par wardly directed upwardly .off-set gooseneck por ticularly important where the game board is in tion »terminating above said panel and outwardly Atendedfor use in a game of billiards. Y of said `playing area, »said wire runs >bearing The embodiment of the invention illustrated in Figs. 3 `to 6 is an >adaptation of the invention for 45 against said gooseneck portions, and means spaced use in playing pocket billiards. The basic con struction is the same as in the preferred embodi ment and similar parts bear the same reference outwardly from and at a level below said goose neck .portions for tensioning said runs. Y '2. iA game board »comprising a rigid .ilat panel, a marginal frame therefor, a plurality of runs vof numerals. In .this embodiment, .portions of the panel Il at Vits Acorners and at central points 50 taut wire spanning said panely at an elevation thereabove -to denne a closed Aplaying area spaced along its longitudinal margins are cut away at inwardly of said frame., wire'positìoning members 25, preferably at a bevel. The .openings 26 ex carried by said frame, said wire runs intersecting tend from the edges of the panels to points with at vibratory portions thereof, said panel having in the playing area, i. e. inwardly of the adjacent an «opening at its marginal portion and extending wire runs 4and spaced from said -runs at their into said playing area, and a closure -for said innermost edge >portions a distance slightly opening below ythelevel of said panel and deñnin'g greater than the diameter of a ball. Pockets 21 may .be secured beneath the openings 26 to re ceive garne‘elements dropping through said open ings. These pockets may 'be formed from leath er, lfabric or other flexible material having >marginal lportions 28 adhered or otherwise se cured Vto the panel AI l around openings 26, margi nal portions >29 secured to the bottom of frame members lil, .and marginal ¿portions 311 secured to the inner faces of the frame members I0. V'.l‘he inner Vedges of the openings y26 4are 'pref îerably curved,V although "other shapes may be used with .equal facility, VThe primary require a pocket. ' 3. >A pocket billiard game board comprising a rigid flat panel, a marginal frame therefor, said panel having a recess in its marginal portion, a pair of brackets secured to said frame at each side thereof spaced from the fends thereof, rebound means deñning a playing area 'on said panel >and including 'a »plurality of Vibratory 4intersecting runs of wire extending between and supported by opposed brackets, and :means positioned 'out wardly of said playing »area for 'tensioning Ysaid . runs, said recess extending .into said playing area mentis that the openings -beso formed and re 70 to receive a ball below »the adjacent run. 4. jA Ypocket .billiard game èboard adapted 'for lated .to >theadiacent runïor :runs -of the wire re use with ballslrollable thereon, comprising Tal-rigid bound member, that .a 4properly directed game ilat _vpanel having a lmarginal opening, a contin piece may drop therein .and pass freely Ybelow the nous marginal trame supportingsaid .-panel; .a plu wire. Thesize-«andlshape of l.the openings A26 may >be so Áproportioned t0 the size of the game ele 75 rality of brackets carried by said frame spaced 5 2,404,693 from the corners thereof, a plurality of vibratory runs of wire intersecting at intermediate vibratory portions thereof and supported by said brackets outwardly of said intersections to define a con 6 surface a distance greater than the radius of a ball, a plurality of brackets carried by said frame spaced from the corners thereof and each having an elevated portion, a plurality of Vibratory runs tinuous vibratory rebound means for said balls, c, of wire intersecting at intermediate vibratory por and means positioned outwardly of said rebound tions thereof and supported by the elevated por means for tensioning said runs, at least a portion tions of said brackets outwardly of said inter of the inner edge of said opening being spaced sections at an elevation above said panel approx inwardly from said rebound means a distance imately equal to the radius of said balls to de greater than the diameter of a ball to receive and fine a continuous vibratory rebound means for freely discharge a ball .rolling therein. said balls, and means positioned outwardly of the 5. A pocket billiard game board adapted for elevated4 portions of said brackets for tensioning use with balls rollable thereon, comprising a con said runs, at least a portion of the inner edge of tinuous marginal frame, a rigid ñat panel carried said opening being spaced inwardly from said by and spanning said frame and having a mar-` ginal opening, a ball receiving member closing said opening and depressed below the playing rebound means a distance suñicient for passage of a ball therebetween. ` JOSEPH ARTHUR CLARK.