Patented Dec. 12, 1950 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE COMBINATION i GAME Rose Urban, New York, N. Y.
Application Gctober 9, 1947, Serial No. 778,825
Claims. (Cl. 273-58) rlhis invention relates to a combined device having a ball oi spherical shape and constructed in hollow sections, so that a plurality of difierent field gaines may be played, by using the assembled unit or device, or by taking apart the sections of which the unit is constructed.
object of the invention is to provide a hollow play ball which can be used for any field game which it is suited, with a net holding ring which may be supported on a field for catching a ball of appropriate size, by removing a base section enclosed by the hollow ball.
A further object of the invention is the provision of a net holding ring, which can be clamped between the sections of the hollow play ball, with means for resiliently holding a. net in position within the ring, so that balls may be thrown or projected toward the net in game playing action.
A still further object oi the invention is to provide a hollow ball comprising separable sections with a coupling ring for securing the sections in spherical relation to each other, and a net holding ring which is clamped in immovable position between the coupling ring and one of the ball sections.
For further comprehension of the invention, and of the objects and advantages thereof, reference will be had to the following description and accompanying drawing, and to the appended claims in which the various novel features of the invention are more particularly set forth.
In the accompanying drawing forming a material part of this disclosure:
Fig. l is a side elevation of the improved combination play ball. Y
Fig. 2 is a central sectional View taken on the line 2-2 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is an edge elevation of one of the play discs, removed from the hollow ball.
Fig. 4 is a plan view thereof.
Fig. 5 is a perspective view showing one of the interior hollow ball sections used as a base l'or a net holding ring.
Fig. 6 is a vertical sectional view taken on line E--B of Fig. 5, looking in the direction of the arrows, showing the resilient rubber net holding ring in the supporting metal ring.
Fig. 7 is a bottom plan view oi the hollow base, showing suction cups thereon for securing the base and the net against sliding on a rubber tile or glazed tile or smooth eld surface.
Fig. 8 is a side View of the rubber ring and supporting metal ring.
Referring to the drawings, which illustrate the practical embodiment of the invention, I0 designates a sectional hollow play ball, of true spherical construction, which may be used as an assembled unit to play various games of eld ball, and which may be constructed of processed wood, plastic, or a combination of plastic and other materials.
The ball I 0 includes the hollow sections I I and I2, which are connected to each other by the coupling ring I3, which is provided with an intermediate annular portion I4 which forms the joint between the inner faces of the hollow ball sections II and I2, and which is connected with the internally screw threaded portion I5, which has coupling engagement with the ball section II, and is connected with the externally screw threaded portion I6, which has coupling engagement with the ball section I2.
A net holding ring I'I of channel construction, is clamped between the coupling ring I3 and one of the ball sections, and with the two ball sections and the 'coupling ring I3, completes the ball form.
Within the hollow ball sections and the rings I3 and II two play discs I8 and Ii! are disposed. These discs are of generally circular and flat construction, and are provided with a grooved peripheral edge 2G, which snugly receives the resilient rubber tire 2|, which extends outwardly of the peripheral edge, to have snug pressure engagement with the inner surfaces of the sectional ball I0.
The ball sections II and I2 are formed with openings Ilel `and I2a for supporting a suitable croquet arch for playing the game.
The two play discs I8 and I9 are disposed in contact with each other at the center of the hollow ball construction, and the outer face of the disc I8 is engaged by the hollow ball section 22, which is equipped with suction cups 24 on its chordal inner face or edge 23, which have pressure engagement with the disc I8. The outer face of the disc I9 is engaged by the suction cups 24 of the hollow ball section 26.
The play disc I8 is formed with a center opening Ia, to receive the end of a play bat or shank, and the play disc Iii is formed with a similar center opening I9a for a similar purpose.
The hollow interior ball section 22 is formed with a centrally located slot 2l, designed to receive the net holding ring i'i, and the hollow ball section 26 is formed with a similar central slot 28 to receive such ring I'I.
The ring I 'l is formed with an internal annular groove I'I, in which the rubber ring 29 is placed.
cups can be removed and rested on a flat surface with its slot uppermost to receive a peripheral edge portion of said latter-mentioned ring to support the same in a vertical plane, said lattermentioned ring being formed of continuous channel-shaped material having its open side directed inward, and a net for use with said lattermentioned ring disposed Within one of said oups in the assembled condition of said hollow ball, comprising a continuous rubber ring adapted to be inserted into said latter-mentioned ring from the inside thereof, and a fabric ball net having its open edge portions vulcanized in said rubber ring.
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