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US2361471A
US2361471A US49879843A US2361471A US 2361471 A US2361471 A US 2361471A US 49879843 A US49879843 A US 49879843A US 2361471 A US2361471 A US 2361471A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63FCARD, BOARD, OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
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.0c1.31,1944. v HFONT'A'lNEJR 2,361,471

GAME vAPPARATUS Filed Aug. 16, 1943 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 GAME APPARATUS Filed Aug. 16, 1945 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 mr W" Tlv Patented Oct. 31, 1944 UNITED STATES 'wlwz --TY f 2,361,471' l n H voar/nr nrrana'rns.; l Virgil H. Fontaine, Jr., Lnljibcclnex. i applicati@ August 16,1943, seriellen. 498,798 i'claim. (ctms-12s), i

This .invention relates to a game apparatus and has for the primary object, the provision of a i device of this character on which -a very interesting game may be played, the game being to shoot a selected number of game pieces, each of spherical shape into zones or openings by a cue ball or spherical-shaped game piece propelled by a cue stick in the hands of a player.

Another object of this invention is the provision of an apparatus of the character set forth, which includes a rotatable playing eld having a selected number of openings in which the game pieces are to be played into, said eld being rotatable permits any one of the players to bring a selected portion thereof into a position for making a'selected play without the player movin-g from a seated position or from a position of play.

A further object of this invention is, the provision of a base for rotatably supporting the playing eld and provided with portions in which game pieces that have been played through the openings of the playing field may collect and be easily reached by the players.

With these and other objects in view as wil become more apparent as the description proceeds, the invention consists of certain novel features of construction, combination and arrangement of parts as will be hereinafter more fully described and claimed.

For a complete understanding of my invention, reference is to be had to the following description and accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 is a top plan view illustrating a game apparatus constructed in accordance with my invention. l

Figure 2 is a sectional view taken on the line 2-2 of Figure l. i

Figure 3 is a top plan View partly broken away showing the base with the playing field removed.

Figure 4 is a sectional View taken on the line 4-4 of Figure 3.

Referring in detail to the drawings, the numeral 5 indicates a base and 6 a cover removable therefrom for the purpose of exposing a playing eld 1.

The base 5 is of rectangular shape and includes ranged pintle .I 2 rotatably yreceived within a'bearing block I3 secured tothe playing'field l. Thus it will be seen that the playing field is mounted on the base for rotary movement, being supported both byv the-bearing blocks `II and'I3 and by the annular wall 10. The playing field protrudes .a limited distance beyond theannular wall so as to overhang the space occurring between the annular wall I and the marginal walls 9 of the base. The pintle I2 prevents the bearing blocks from moving ofi of each other still permitting the playing field to rotate freely.

The playing eld 'I includes a disk I4 equipped with a suitable covering I5 to form the playing surface. The disk I4 has the bearing block I3 secured centrally thereof and is of octagon shape and provided with a rail I6 matching the shape of the periphery of the disk I 4. The rail I6 is rabbeted to receive the periphery of the disk I4, the latter being secured into the rabbeted portion in any suitable manner. Bumper strips I1 are secured to the inner faces of the rail I6. At the corners of the rail and formed in the disk I4 are openings I8 through which game pieces of spherical shape may freely pass. The openings are designated by characters as clearly shown in Figure 1.

Arranged within the spaces between the annular wall Ill and the peripheral walls 9 are supporting blocks I8 the top faces of which are inclined in opposite directions for the purpose of supporting inclination panels I9 shaped to fit the curvature of the annular wall I9 and the y marginal walls 9 with the corners therof located lowermost so that any game pieces passing through the openings disposed thereover will collect within the corners of ther spaces easily accessible to the players for replacement on the playing field. The supporting blocks I8 are located midway between the corners of the base within the spaces occurring between the walls 9 and Iil of -said base so that the ends of the panels I9 will be efficiently supported with the corners of Said panels located lowermost. It is preferable that the slope of the panels will be less than a90 angle to permit said panels to fit snugly against the marginal walls 9. This arrangement will assure gravitation of the game pieces to the corners of the base as soon as they pass through openings in the playing field.

As heretofore explained, the game pieces are of spherical shape and consist of groups of field pieces wherein the groups of eld pieces are distinguishable by being of different colors. Fur-` ther a cue game piece is employed and a cue stick or sticks of conventional construction. It is preferable that the players take positions at the sides Vof the base and may occupy seated positions and with the playing eld rotatably supported it may be readily turned by any one of the players to bring a selected portion of the field opposite to said player. The field pieces in the initial start of the game are grouped centrally of the playing eld and the player first to shoot strikes the grouped eldlpieces by th'e cue ball propelled by a cue stick, scattering the field pieces over the playing surface, The next player then endeavors to knock one of the eld pieces of hisl suit into an opening by striking the field piece by the cue ball l'propelled by the cue stick. This is continued by all of the players taking turns and should any one of the playing field pieces be knocked into an opening belonging to another player, the player making the play is penalized by having to award that eld piece to the score of the opponent.

While the game has been briey outlined in the foregoing other games may beplayed on this apparatus.

While I have shown and described the preferred embodiment of my invention, it will beunderstood departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as claimed.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim is:

In a game apparatus, a rectangular shaped supy playing field secured to one of the bearing blocks and rotatably supported thereby and by the annular wall and including a plurality of game piece openings arranged in corners thereof and outwardly of the annular Wall, supporting blocks arranged between the upstanding Walls and the annular Wall and each having upper inclined supporting faces, and panels shaped to match the annular Wall and the marginal walls and secured on the inclined faces of the supporting blocks ar; ranging corners thereof lowermost and within the corners of the base for the collection of game pieces gravitating over the panels from the openings of the playing field.

VIRGIL H. FONTAINE, J a.

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Cited By (11)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
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US3711099A (en) * 1971-11-03 1973-01-16 Atj Recreation Inc Convertible table for utility games and bumper pool
GB2138306A (en) * 1983-04-05 1984-10-24 Stanley Hart Pocketed games table
GB2145338A (en) * 1983-08-17 1985-03-27 Robert George Button Rotatable half-length snooker table
GB2194894A (en) * 1986-09-10 1988-03-23 James Edward Williams Improvements in or relating to games and game tables
US4768781A (en) * 1987-02-05 1988-09-06 Mcmillin Roy E Pool table and ball rack apparatus
US5222736A (en) * 1989-03-29 1993-06-29 Tom E. Workman Multigame game board
US5226644A (en) * 1992-01-17 1993-07-13 Stone Richard D Elliptical pocket billard table
US20050119061A1 (en) * 2002-02-25 2005-06-02 Carlin Ghahraman Four dimensional billiards
US20050130753A1 (en) * 2003-11-26 2005-06-16 Clement Giroux Pool table
US20110275457A1 (en) * 2010-05-06 2011-11-10 Stefan Roedel Arena for a ball game
USD800842S1 (en) * 2014-03-13 2017-10-24 Yong Chul Kim Game board component

Cited By (14)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US3711099A (en) * 1971-11-03 1973-01-16 Atj Recreation Inc Convertible table for utility games and bumper pool
GB2138306A (en) * 1983-04-05 1984-10-24 Stanley Hart Pocketed games table
GB2145338A (en) * 1983-08-17 1985-03-27 Robert George Button Rotatable half-length snooker table
GB2194894A (en) * 1986-09-10 1988-03-23 James Edward Williams Improvements in or relating to games and game tables
GB2194894B (en) * 1986-09-10 1991-02-06 James Edward Williams Improvements in or relating to games and games tables
US4768781A (en) * 1987-02-05 1988-09-06 Mcmillin Roy E Pool table and ball rack apparatus
US5222736A (en) * 1989-03-29 1993-06-29 Tom E. Workman Multigame game board
US5226644A (en) * 1992-01-17 1993-07-13 Stone Richard D Elliptical pocket billard table
US20050119061A1 (en) * 2002-02-25 2005-06-02 Carlin Ghahraman Four dimensional billiards
US7264551B2 (en) * 2002-02-25 2007-09-04 Carlin Ghahraman Four dimensional billiards
US20080153611A1 (en) * 2002-02-25 2008-06-26 Carlin Ghahraman Four dimensional billiards
US20050130753A1 (en) * 2003-11-26 2005-06-16 Clement Giroux Pool table
US20110275457A1 (en) * 2010-05-06 2011-11-10 Stefan Roedel Arena for a ball game
USD800842S1 (en) * 2014-03-13 2017-10-24 Yong Chul Kim Game board component

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