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Патент USA US3036843

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May 29, 1952
Filed Jan. 4, 1960
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United States Patent 0
Loyal V. Wilson, Rte. 1, Box 37, Tangent, Oreg.
Filed Jan. 4, 1960, Ser. No. 262
1 Claim. (Cl. 273-103)
This invention relates generally to game apparatus and
one of its objects is to provide a simple and inexpensive
device for playing a game involving both skill and chance.
More particularly, the invention has reference to that
Patented May 29, 1962
The rear wall 2 extends above the front and side walls
3, 4 and 5 as shown and this extended area is provided
with openings 8A, 9A and 10A directly above the chutes
8, 9 and 10. Each opening is backed by a covering of
cloth or fabric 20 or any other suitable non-resilient
material adapted to cushion the impact of a tossed'ball
and thus cause it to fall into the corresponding subjacent
chute. An inaccurately tossed ball, striking any of the
frame-like members 21 which de?ne the openings, would,
of course, rebound in unpredictable directions and any
class of game devices or apparatus in which balls, mar 10 scoring which might result therefrom would be purely
bles and the like are projected by being thrown or tossed
a game of chance.
into receiving compartments of relative ?xed value, and
Hingedly attached as at 25 (FIGURES 2, 5 and 6)
in which means is also included for returning the played
to the bottom of the rear wall 2 is one end of a ball-return
projectiles to a player or players where the scored value
table indicated generally at 26 provided throughout its
of all the projectiles allowed to the player can be almost 15 length with tracks in the form of grooves 27, 28 and 29,
instantly read and checked up and so that the playing
and supported at its opposite end by a pair of hingedly
operations may be conveniently repeated.
> attached legs 30, preferably rubber-tipped as at 31. For
Another object of the invention is to provide in a
convenience in disassembling the game apparatus for stor
game apparatus of the character described a combined
or shipping, the hinges 25 are provided with key
arrangement of pockets or compartments having a target
slots 35 by means of which they, and hence the table
like arrangement of unlike scoring values, and means
26, can be detached from pins 36 carried by the back
superjacen-t the pockets to deflect a tossed projectile (ball)
wall 2 of the target assembly *1.
from an indented pocket unless skillfully and accurately
Matching the grooves 27‘, 28 and 29‘ at the hingedly
end of the table 26 are three inverted semi
Further objects and purposes of the invention include 25 supported
40, 41 and 42 which provide gravita
a simple, durable and inexpensive construction, easily
balls 43 from any of the chutes 8,
disassembled to be put away when not in use, readily,
9 or 10.
simply and quickly set up for playing, and wherein the
target arrangement can be conveniently adjusted into var
ious elevated positions relative to a player’s stand where
by greater or less skill will be required in tossing the pro
jectile at a proper trajectory for entering the target com
It will be noted in FIGURES 2 and 4 that the bot-tom
ends of the partition walls 6 and 7 terminate in a plane
above the corresponding end of the table 26 to provide
a space 45 within which a ball or balls dropped from the
chutes will be free to bounce around in an unpredictable
until gravitating into one of the grooves 27--29
The foregoing and other objects and advantages which
will become subsequently apparent reside in the details 35 and ?nally coming to rest at the player’s end of the table
numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:
where the score can be computed by the values applied
to the ends of the grooves as shown in FIGURE 1. Thus
an accurately tossed ball even after striking the intended
one of the cloth covered openings 8A, 9A and 10A and
shown as set up for use.
thereafter out of control while bouncing about within
of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter
described and claimed, reference being had to the ac
companying drawing forming a part hereof, wherein like
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of my game apparatus 40 dropping into the corresponding chute therebelow is
the space 45 and until it ?nally settles into one of the
grooves 27-29 and rolls out to the score computing end
FIGURE 1 on an enlarged scale.
FIGURE 3 is a fragmentary detail view on an enlarged 45 of the table 26 at the player’s end.
While I have shown a particular form of embodiment
scale taken approximately along the line 3—3 of FIG
of my invention I am aware that many minor changes
URE 2.
FIGURE 2 is a fragmentary side elevational view of
FIGURE 4 is a fragmentary sectional end elevational
view taken approximately along the line 4-4 of FIG—
therein will readily suggest themselves to others skilled
in the art without departing from the spirit and scope
of the invention. Having thus described my invention
URE 1.
50 what I claim as new and desire to protect by Letters
FIGURE 5 is a top plan view of FIGURE 4; and
Patent is:
FIGURE 6 is a rear elevational view of FIGURE 4.
A ball game apparatus comprising in combination a
With continuing reference to the drawing, wherein like
target arrangement having a plurality of vertically dis
reference characters designate like parts, reference nu
meral 1 indicates generally the target arrangement, which 55 posed chutes open at their top and bottom ends and
comprises a vertical rear wall 2, a downwardly and rear
wardly inclined front wall 3, downwardly and inwardly
converging side walls 4 and 5, and similarly converging
de?ned by a downwardly and rearwardly inclined front
wall, a vertical rear wall, downwardly converging side
walls and downwardly converging partition walls inter
mediate said side walls, said partition walls terminating
partition walls 6 and 7 to provide chutes 8, 9 and 10.
This target assembly can be conveniently attached to a 60 at their bottom ends on a plane above the bottom ends
of said side walls, whereby to provide an uninterrupted
wall 12 or other suitable supporting surface in vertically
space below and across the bottom of said chutes, said
adjusted positions relative thereto by means of an elon~
rear wall being co-extensive in width with the spacing
gated bracket 13 secured as at 14 to the back wall 2,
between the top ends of said side walls and extending
and provided with key-slots 15 engageable with a screw
above the ‘top end of said chutes and having a number
16, nail or the like driven into the wall 12.
of openings therethrough matching the number of and
vertically aligned with said chutes, non-elastic ?exible
coverings closing said openings whereby a. tossed ball
space as it gravitates into said one end of the ball-return
striking any one of said coverings will fall into the chute
in vertical alignment with the covering
so struck,
a ball
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
return table attached at one of its ends to said rear Wall 5
of the tar-get arrangement and in open communication
at that end with the space below said bottom ends of
said chutes whereby said space will permit of uncontrolled and unpredictable bouncing of a ball within said
Dixon ______________ __ Jan. 16, 1923
Russell ____; _________ __ Mar. 31, 1925
Huttlin ______________ __ July 28, 1925
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