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Патент USA US3079162

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Feb. 26, 1963
Filed June 3, 1960
United States
Paul John McEihaney, 2185 Estabrook Circle,
San Leandro, Calif.
Filed June 3, 196i), Ser. No. 33,865
1 Claim. (Cl. 273-37)
My invention relates to a game apparatus embodying a
new game of skill, to 'be known as Polo Ten-Pins, which
Patented Feb. 26, 1953
it is two and tive eighths inches in diameter, and eight and
one half inches in length, tapering slightly at the ends;
firm rubber or plastic tips 18 of three eighths inch thickness
are cemented firmly to the ends of the mallet head 16.
The handle, also of maple 19 is one inch in diameter and
twenty six and one half inches in length; it is threaded
two inches into the center of the mallet head. The grip
area 20 is fourteen inches long, and, for a slip free grip, is
will consist of ten small maple pins, a large maple mallet, 10 covered with spiral wrapped perforated leather. The
ball 21 is of polished ebonite, four inches in diameter,
and an ebonite ball.
weighing exactly thirty two ounces.
The object of this invention is to provide a new and
FIGURE 5 is a vertical section of the maple pin 22
interesting game requiring much less playing area than
which is turned from solid maple; it is eight and one half
either bowling or croquet, while being readily adaptable
in height, one and live eighths inches at the base,
to both indoor and outdoor use-an approved hardwood 15 inches
and three inches at its widest point.
floor will be required for tournament play, but, for con
venience, the game may be played on almost any type of
The game will be played by spotting the ten pins on a
twenty two inch triangle at the end of the Alley; the pins
will be numbered from one through ten. The ball 21
The accompanying drawings will illustrate the size and
construction of the playing area, as well as the equipment 20 will be driven from the Player’s Platform back of the foul
line, which is twenty feet from the head pin. Each player
necessary for this new and different game.
will have ten turns or frames, playing two balls per frame;
FIGURE 1 is a plan View of the playing area; FIGURE
the scoring will be the same as in bowling.
2 is a cross section view of the Alley and Player’s Plat
I claim:
form; FIGURE 3 is a side view of the playing area; FIG
In a game apparatus: a player’s platform; an elongated
URE 4 is a side view of the maple mallet and ball; and 25
alley extending forwardly from the player’s platform;
FIGURE 5 is a side View of the maple pin and ball.
FIGURE l, the plan View of the playing area, consists
of the Pit (A), the Alley (B), and the Player’s Platform
the alley having an upper surface disposed flush with an
upper surface of the player’s platform, whereby a ball
resting on the player’s platform may be propelled by a
mallet so as to roll along the alley; the alley having a for
The Pit is an area forty four inches wide, by forty eight 30
ward end provided with a pin-spotting area on which a
inches long; it surrounds the end of the Alley, on which
the pins are spotted. The Pit area is surrounded on the
plurality of pins may be placed for striking by the ball,
when the latter is rolled forwardly; a pit disposed at the
sides and back by a curb 14 with a cotton filled canvas
forward end of the alley, and having the pin-spotting area
matting 15, for the protection of the pins and balls; the
curb is twenty inches in height. Both the floor of the pit 35 located within the pit; the pit having spaced side curbs
located laterally beyond the lateral sides of the alley,
A and the inner surfaces of the curb 14 are padded to
and further having a back curb spaced longitudinally be
deaden the sound, when the pins 22 strike the padding.
yond the forward end of the alley, whereby the pit extends
The Alley is a maple surfaced area, twenty eight inches
around two sides and one end of the pin-spotting area to
wide and twenty one feet three inches long. The Alley
the ball and struck pins; a pair of spaced side
has a curbing 13 of one inch plywood, ten inches in height, 40
curbs extending lengthwise of the alley from the players’
that is firmly secured to both sides of the Alley; the curb
platform up to but not beyond that end of the pit which is
extends from the Player’s Platform to the curb 14 of the
nearer the player’s platform, whereby the struck pins may
Pit area. Ten maple pins 22 are spotted on a twenty two
be deflected laterally from the pin-spotting area of the
inch triangle at the end of the Alley.
The Player’s Platform is of the same maple surfaced 45 alley and against the side curbs of the pit, the side curbs of
said alley being of less height than the -side curbs of said
material as the Alley; it is forty two inches long, and sixty
the side curbs of the alley being butted against the
four inches wide. The Platform has a painted foul line,
adjacent lateral sides of the alley, whereby the ball will be
Iwhich is twenty feet from the head pin; the ball 21 is
confined to the upper surface of the alley as it rolls for
played between two diamond shaped markers in back of
wardly therealong; the player’s platform extending trans
the foul line.
50 verselv relative to the length of the alley and projecting
FIGURE 2 is a cross section showing the construction
beyond both lateral sides of the alley, whereby a player
of the Alley. In the Alley and Player’s Platform redwood
may stand on either laterally-projecting portion of the
runners 10 are firmly secured to the ñoor or ground; the
platform; the player’s platform having a foul line
runners are to be surfaced, and must be three inches high
and not less than four inches wide. A one inch plywood 55 on its upper surface extending transversely relative to the
length of the alley to indicate a location back of which the
subsurface 11 is iirmly secured to the runners. A maple
planking 12 is then applied to the subsurface; the plank
player must stand; the upper surface of the player’s plat
playing area, showing: the twenty inch curb 14 of the Pit
area, the ten inch curb 13 of the Alley, the pins 22 spotted
form further being provided with a pair of spaced markers
ing must be not less than five sixteenths of an inch thick,
adjacent to the foul line and indicating an area in which
and not more than two inches in width; it is finished by
the ball must be placed prior to being struck by the mallet.
sanding and lacquering. A one inch plywood curb 13 is
firmly secured to both sides of the Alley.
References Cited in the ñle of this patent
FIGURE 3 is a side view of the elevation of the entire
on a twenty two inch triangle at the end of the Alley, and
the Player’s Platform; the ball 21 is played from the foul 65
line, twenty feet from the head pin.
FIGURE 4 shows aside elevational view of the maple
mallet. The mallet head 16 is turned from solid maple;
Rogers ______________ ---Nov. 17, 1891
Phares ______________ __ Dec. 27, 1898
Talbert et al ___________ _.. Aug. 13, 1912
Sullivan ______________ __ Aug. 4, 1925
Vickery ______________ __ Mar. 12, 1940
Niewinski ____________ __ June 24, 1952
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