US 906932 A
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B. C. RIBLET.
APPLIOATION FILED AUG. 1e, 1907.
906,932. Patented Dec. 15, 1908.
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BYRON (l. RIBLE'I, OF ST. LOUIS. MISSOURI.
No. 906,932. Specification of Letters Patent. Patented Dec. 15, 1908.
Application filed. August 16, 1907. Serial No. 388,767
T o all whom it 4may concern:
I ters have been produced upon the ball either Be it known that I, BYRON (l. RIBLET, a I during the manufacture thereof or .subsecitizen of the United `States of America, .re-
quently, as may be desirable, I paint the sur-v siding in the' citylo'f St. Louis and State of 1 Missouri, have invented cert-am new and iiseful Improvements inGame-Balls, of uhich the following is a full, clear, and enactI de# scription, reference being/had to 'the' accon'ianying drawings, 'forming part of this specication.
My invention relates to balls such asI are ordinarilyr used in laying games and of which I will mention go f balls'as being particular ones in. which my im rovement iso'f utility.
Games, such as go f, are played upon the same territory by a number of persons, and it has heretofore been a difficult problem for the owners of the gaine balls to keep track of or identify their particular balls or distinguish them from the balls owned by others, so that each player may retain possession of his own l property or regain iossession in the event of l i owner of the ball may readily prepare the the balls becoming ost or mislaid and subsequently found.
It is the object of my invention to provide means whereby each of several game ma readily. and conveniently mar bal s for identification.
Figure I is ,an elevatori of a gamey ball pro vided with Vmy means for players identification. Fig. II is a similar view to Fig. I,
illustrating a varied style of players identin fication markingl Fig. III is anenlarged view of a portion of the playrs identification markings shown in Fi I. Fig. IV is a cross section taken on line V-IV, Fig. III.
Without restrictin myself tothe particu,- lar type of game bal? to which my improvement may be applied, I have shown in the drawings and will hereinafter describe, a game ball, such as are used in playing a gaine of golf and which balls are usually made with numerous knobs or protuberances at their Upon lthe exterior surface of the game ball to Whiclimy improvement is `to be a plied, I produce two or more complete a phabets whichare, when placed upon a golf ball that is made with the knobs or protuberances mentioned, arranged upon said knobs or nrotuberances as illustrated in Figs. I' andi. The characters of the alphabets `are preferabiy arranged in succession and at one end oi' each series oi characters I preferably locate a starshaped gure that serves as a character innesca-set ci? characters; Atte?? the charac- Iplayers g their l of lndicating his initials thereon, or his name.
alphabets as the characters upon the balls, l i
use two or more series of numerals preferably 'from 0 to 97 and in this marking also preferably produce upon the ball a final character or figure` at the end of each set of numerals. A
Each ball that is made in accordance with my improvement is in a condition to be readily operated upon by any person who may purchase it in order that the ball may thereafter be identified as his personal property. To provide for such identification, the
ball illustrated in Figs.` I and II for identification by scraping the paint or covering from the surface of any desired number of characters appearing upon the ball with the object I-Ie may also scrape the paint from the surface of the i'inal character, for instance the star, at the end of the set of characters of which none is used, if such be the case, for the purpose of preventing anyother party who may gain possession lof the ball yfrom marking another initial inthe unused set to make the initials correspond to his own, with fraudulent intent. This'is possible due to it being the intention in the use ofthe i1nprovenient to utilize only a single character inf-each set of characters, when the ball is operated upon to enable its owner to identify it. The operation upon the ball to identify it, which has just been described, is illustrated by eX- ample in Figs. I and III of the drawings in which the letters A B U appear in the different alphabetical sets. These letters are present in the three sets of alphabets illustrated, therefore in such instances it is unnecessary to utilize the star or guard mark at the end of either alphabetical set.
When' the ball shown in Fig. II is to be pre4 pared for owners identiiication, the surface paint over any of the numerals appearing"v upon the ball may be removed thereby el posing the numerals to fuii view with suit of providing the iden'tiiication f owner of the ball Wishes to produce. He may also remove the paint from the surface of the final character at the end ofY the vroW of numerals which is unused thereby preventing another person from' using any character in said row to alter the identification marking.
In example given in Fig. II, the numerals 2 and 3 are utilized in two of the sets of numerals shown indicating that the number employed by the owner of the ball is 23 and the guard character at thevend of the third set of numerals is caused to appear in said set for the purpose of preventin any use of a numeral in thislast named set y a fraudulent erson, who might Wish for his oWn gain to alter the number ap learing on the ball.
My ame ball is re erably coated with paint o a different co or from the color of the Y material forming the outer layer or body of the ball in order that when the coating of paint is removed from any one or more characters upon the ball such character or characters will ap ear distinctly and be readily distinguished from the other charac ters which remain. coated With the paint ap lied thereto.
. A game ball having formed on its surface two or more identical series of characters, each character differing from all the others in the same series, and a removable coating over the characters.
BLANCHE HoGN, H. GQCOOK.