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    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.

STEPHEN S. HARMAN, OF NElV YORK, N. Y. a

BOWLI NG-BALL.

SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 447,011, dated February 24, 1891. Application filed December 3 1, 1890. Serial No. 376,334. (No model.)

To all whom it may concern.-

Be it known that I, STEPHEN S. HARMAN, of the city and county of New York, in the State of New York, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Bowling-Balls, of which the following is a specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawings.

This invention relates more particularly to balls for the game of ten-pins, but is applicable to other balls of wood or hard material to be thrown by hand in other bowling games. Such balls are commonly provided with two internal sockets, one for the thumb and the other for the second finger, by which they are held to be thrown. The hard material of which the balls are madeis apt by long-repeated use of the balls to frequently produce soreness and callosities on the thumb and finger.

The object of my invention is to obviate the above-mentioned defect and at the same time to afford not only a more secure, but a more easy grasp for the thumb and finger, and thereby to give a more perfect control of the ball and enable a more powerful'throw to be made; and to this end my invention consists in providing the sockets of the ball with internal cushions or linings of soft elastic material, such as soft india-rubber.

Figure 1 in the accompanying drawings re presents a view of that side of a bowling-ball in which thesoekets are provided. Fig. 2 represents an axial section through the sockets.

Similar letters of reference designate corresponding parts in both figures.

A designates the wood or hard material of which the ball is composed; B O, the sockets for the thumb and finger, and b c the internal cushions or linings of soft india-rubber or other elastic material. These cushions or linings are represented as consisting of tubes open at their outer ends and closed at their inner ends, the last-mentioned ends being of concave form internally. The said tubes. linings, or cushions may be secured in the sockets by any suitable cement. I prefer that the interiors of thesaidliningsorcushions shallbe corrugated or roughened, in order to give a better hold for the thumb and finger, and have represented them with annular corrugations. A ball having such linings or cushions in its sockets may be played with for a long time, even by a novice, without the player incurring any pain or cramp in or inconvenience to the thumb or finger, and may be held with perfect ease with so firm a grip that there will be no danger of the thumb or finger slipping before the proper time for the ball to leave the hand.

WVhat I claim as my invention, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is

A bowling-ball the socket or sockets of which are provided with linings or internal cushions of soft elastic material, as india-ruober, substantially as herein described.

STEPHEN S. HARMAN. Witnesses:

FREDK. HAYNES, L. M. EGBERT.

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Cited By (22)

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US2472406A (en) * 1947-04-23 1949-06-07 Jr Joseph Darula Bowling ball
US2482190A (en) * 1945-02-19 1949-09-20 Eugene J Reardon Finger hole insert for bowling balls
US2646985A (en) * 1950-09-28 1953-07-28 Steve J Nagy Finger grip insert for bowling balls
US2708578A (en) * 1951-11-09 1955-05-17 Charles F Mitchell Bowling ball finger patch
US2837993A (en) * 1955-05-09 1958-06-10 George B Price Knurling tool for bowling balls
US2843382A (en) * 1955-07-18 1958-07-15 Wallace A Erickson & Co Relocating holes in bowling balls
US2973205A (en) * 1959-07-20 1961-02-28 Charles F Mitchell Bowling ball pad with special ribs therein
US4358112A (en) * 1981-09-04 1982-11-09 Straborny Andrew J Finger hole insert for bowling balls
US4381863A (en) * 1981-07-13 1983-05-03 Master Industries, Inc. Finger hole insert for bowling balls
US4623149A (en) * 1985-05-03 1986-11-18 Joseph Herman Bowling ball finger insert
US4892308A (en) * 1988-10-17 1990-01-09 Gaunt Ray P Bowling ball and finger insert thereof
US4968033A (en) * 1988-12-08 1990-11-06 Aluotto Peter A Adjustable finger grip hole for bowling balls
US5002276A (en) * 1990-03-23 1991-03-26 Davalor Mold Corporation Bowling ball finger insert
US5007640A (en) * 1990-03-23 1991-04-16 Bernhardt David A Finger insert for a bowling ball
US5058901A (en) * 1990-06-20 1991-10-22 Salvino Carmen M Spin axis weighted bowling ball
US5123644A (en) * 1990-03-23 1992-06-23 Davalor Mold Corp. Finger insert for a bowling ball
US5176378A (en) * 1990-03-23 1993-01-05 Davalor Mold Corporation Finger insert for a bowling ball
US5308061A (en) * 1990-03-23 1994-05-03 Davalor Mold Corporation Finger insert for a bowling ball
US5437579A (en) * 1990-06-20 1995-08-01 Salvino; Carmen M. Spin axis weighted bowling ball
US20030045367A1 (en) * 1998-02-03 2003-03-06 David A. Bernhardt Bowling ball finger grip
US6736734B1 (en) 1999-08-20 2004-05-18 David A. Bernhardt Bowling ball finger grip
US20070207871A1 (en) * 2006-03-01 2007-09-06 Traub Barry H Multi-grip bowling ball

Cited By (23)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US2482190A (en) * 1945-02-19 1949-09-20 Eugene J Reardon Finger hole insert for bowling balls
US2472406A (en) * 1947-04-23 1949-06-07 Jr Joseph Darula Bowling ball
US2646985A (en) * 1950-09-28 1953-07-28 Steve J Nagy Finger grip insert for bowling balls
US2708578A (en) * 1951-11-09 1955-05-17 Charles F Mitchell Bowling ball finger patch
US2837993A (en) * 1955-05-09 1958-06-10 George B Price Knurling tool for bowling balls
US2843382A (en) * 1955-07-18 1958-07-15 Wallace A Erickson & Co Relocating holes in bowling balls
US2973205A (en) * 1959-07-20 1961-02-28 Charles F Mitchell Bowling ball pad with special ribs therein
US4381863A (en) * 1981-07-13 1983-05-03 Master Industries, Inc. Finger hole insert for bowling balls
US4358112A (en) * 1981-09-04 1982-11-09 Straborny Andrew J Finger hole insert for bowling balls
US4623149A (en) * 1985-05-03 1986-11-18 Joseph Herman Bowling ball finger insert
US4892308A (en) * 1988-10-17 1990-01-09 Gaunt Ray P Bowling ball and finger insert thereof
US4968033A (en) * 1988-12-08 1990-11-06 Aluotto Peter A Adjustable finger grip hole for bowling balls
US5002276A (en) * 1990-03-23 1991-03-26 Davalor Mold Corporation Bowling ball finger insert
US5007640A (en) * 1990-03-23 1991-04-16 Bernhardt David A Finger insert for a bowling ball
US5123644A (en) * 1990-03-23 1992-06-23 Davalor Mold Corp. Finger insert for a bowling ball
US5176378A (en) * 1990-03-23 1993-01-05 Davalor Mold Corporation Finger insert for a bowling ball
US5308061A (en) * 1990-03-23 1994-05-03 Davalor Mold Corporation Finger insert for a bowling ball
US5058901A (en) * 1990-06-20 1991-10-22 Salvino Carmen M Spin axis weighted bowling ball
US5437579A (en) * 1990-06-20 1995-08-01 Salvino; Carmen M. Spin axis weighted bowling ball
US20030045367A1 (en) * 1998-02-03 2003-03-06 David A. Bernhardt Bowling ball finger grip
US6837796B2 (en) 1998-02-03 2005-01-04 David A. Bernhardt Bowling ball finger grip
US6736734B1 (en) 1999-08-20 2004-05-18 David A. Bernhardt Bowling ball finger grip
US20070207871A1 (en) * 2006-03-01 2007-09-06 Traub Barry H Multi-grip bowling ball

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