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Патент USA US3083028

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March 26, 1963
Filed Oct. 24, 1960
United States Patent 0 ’
Patented Mar. 26, 1963
A plurality of cups 5 are provided for use with the
body assembly, the cups being shown as formed with rela
tively heavy [base portion 6 and transverse bore 7 to
permit their arrangement on the bar sections. The bore
Glenn L. Kau?'man, Manor Road, Front Royal, Va, and
John W. Williams, Chester Gap, Va.
Filed Oct. 24, 1960, Ser. No. 64,578
1 Claim. (Cl. 273-95)
This invention relates to improvements in a baton ball
7 is of a diameter to permit a snug ?t on either bar sec
tion, the snug ?t permitting a gripping action on its bar
to thus permit adjustment therealong for the substiution
of cups of di?’eren sizes or con?gurations.
Any number of arrangements of cups may be provided
The object of this invention is to provide an amuse 10 to satisfy the desire or ability of the player. In FIG. 1
ment device which includes means facilitating ?nger ex—
the cups are shown reversed so that a pair of balls may
ercise, eye exercise and in addition an interesting game
caught by rotation of the assembly in a single direc
of skill.
tion. In FIG. 2 the cups are reversed and permit an al
More speci?cally the invention comprehends a structure
ternate movement of the assembly. The halls may be
including a plurality of spaced cups mounted on a cross 15 of any size with respect to the timer diameter of the cups,
member, the cross member having intermediate its length
i.e. the balls may ?t loosely in the cups or may have the
a baton structure by means of which it may be rotated
capacity of being temporarily retained therein by friction.
for catching in the cups moving objects such as balls, the
In use the structure will be manipulated by engaging
latter after reception in the cups being retained therein
the ?ngers about and around the cross bar 4, which initial
by virtue of forces produced by the rotation of the device. 20 ly will be in the position of FIG. =1, i.e. with the cross bar
Another object is to provide means for adjusting the
4 in a position of approximately thirty-?ve degrees from
cups on the arms. of the cross member to satisfy the op
the horizontal. The player will cause the assembly to
Another object is to provide for the mounting of any
rotate and while rotating will toss or bounce balls vertical
ly so that they will descend into the rotating cups. The
number of cups along the cross member and at each side 25 form of the invention shown in FIG. 1 would provide
of the medial baton structure so that any number of balls
for the use of two ball-s which would be caught in the
may be put into play commensurate with the amount of
cups by the player as they descend after having been
skill of the player.
tossed or bounced in the air. In the form of the invention
A further object of the invention is to provide a mount
shown in FIG. 1 the ?rst ball having been caught in one
ing for the cups on the cross arms of the assembly so that 30 cup will be retained therein while the player in attempting
the cups may be reversed in position to thus require great
to catch a ball in the second cup, the retention of the ball
er skill in the operation of the baton structure.
being due to the velocity of the spinning cup.
These and other objects of the invention will more
The same operation would occur in the use of the dis
clearly hereinafter appear by reference to the accom
closure of FIG. 5 or any other form contemplated by this
panying drawings forming a part of the instant applica
7 application. In the disclosure of FIG. 5 four balls would
tion and wherein like characters of reference designate
be selectively tossed or bounced in the air and caught in
the cups. As an alternate, the device could be oscillated
with all of the cups in vertical position. In this instance
FIG. 1 is a side elevation;
the balls could be retained in their respective cups by
FIG. 2 is a top plan view of an embodiment of the in 40 the skill of the player and the adjustment of the speed of
vention in which the cups face in the same direction;
movement of the assembly. On the other hand, the pro
corresponding parts throughout the several views, in
FIG. 3 is a vertical section of a cup showing a ball in
position therein;
FIG. 4 is a section taken on line 4-4 of FIG. 1; and
FIG. 5 is a side elevation showing a multiple cup ar
The present device embodies an assembly comprising a
pair of bars or arms of a suitable plastic or light metal
vision of the balls so that their diameter would be re
tained by friction within the tapering cups may be an
alternate arrangement.
What we claim is:
In a game apparatus including an annulus having a
pair of axially aligned outwardly projecting arms, cup
members having thickened base portions formed with
of any suitable length, as for instance twenty-six inches. 50 transverse openings, said transverse openings and said
Medially of the bars or arms is an annulus 1 having a
arms being of such diameter so as to insure a snug fric
suitable outer diameter, as for instance six inches. The
bars or arms indicated by reference characters 2 and 3
are ?xed to and radiate from the annulus 1 in longi
permit the longitudinal adjustment of said cups along
tudinal alignment and at a position so that their axes
intersect the axis of the annulus 1. A cross 'bar 4 is ?xed
degrees from the horizontal connecting opposite sides of
within the annulus 1 in a position of approximately thirty
?ve degrees from the horizontal, as shown in FIG. 1, and
has a cross section appropriate for manipulation in the
manner of a baton to cause a rotation or partial rotation 60
in either direction by the ?ngers of a player.
Preferably the parts hereto described are molded as a.
unit, although it will be obvious that the radiating arms
or bars 2 and 3 may be removably secured to the annulus
1 to facilitate manufacture, packing or the substitution of 65
tional engagement of said arms by said openings and to
said arms, and a crossbar arranged at approximately 325
the annulus and forming a hand hold therefor for man
ually manipulating the same to position the cups for re
ceiving untethered traveling articles therein.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
Irwin _______________ __ Nov. 28, 1939
Rogers ________________ -_ Jan. 7, 1947
Austria ______________ __ Apr. 10, 1934
these parts to permit the use of bar sections of different
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