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Patented Jan. 20, 1925.
Nl-TED STATES ATET OFFICE.
WILLIAM STERN, 2D. OF NEW YORK. N. Y., ASSIGNOR OF ONE-FOURTH TO GEORGE W. SCHOCK, ONE-FOURTH TO LEWIS J. STERN, BOTH OF NEW YORK, N. Y., AND ONE- FOURTH TO GORHAM CROSBY, OF GLEN RIDGE, NEW JERSEY.
Application filed, August 1, 1921. Serial No. 488,756.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, WILLIAM STERN, 2d, a citizen of the United States, and resident of New York city, in the county of New York and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Dice, of which the following is a specification.
fhe invention relates to improvements in dice for playing various games and the main object is to provide a new form of device which will make the games played therewith more interesting. Further and more specific objects, features and advantages will more clearly appear from the detail description given below taken in connection with the accompanying sheet of drawings which forms a part of this specification. In the drawings Fig. 1 is a view of a die embodying the invention in a preferred form thereof and looking at the die in one direction and Fig. 2 is a similar view looking at the same in the opposite direction.
Referring to the drawings the die there shown a body of any suitable material and suitable size having twelve sides 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, *Z, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. Each of the twelve faces is composed of five equal sides so that all the faces are not only equilateral but are also substantially of the same size and shape. In the form shown the various faces bear numbers or characters denoting numbers. As illustrated the face 1 has one spot thereon denoting the number one, the face 2 has two spots thereon denoting two,
face 3 has three spots thereon denoting three, face 4 has four spots thereon denoting four, face 5 has five spots thereon denoting five, face 6 has six spots thereon denoting six, face 7 has one spot thereon denoting one, face 8 has two spots thereon, denoting two, face 9 has three spots thereon denoting three, face 10 has four spots thereon denoting four, face 11 has five spots thereon denoting five and face 12 has six spots thereon denoting six. The faces are so arranged that each face denoting one is opposite a face denoting six, that is, face 1 is opposite face 12 and face 7 is opposite face 6. Similarly each face denoting two is opposite a face denoting five, that is, face 2 is directly opposite face 11 and face 8 is directly opposite face 5. Each face denoting three is opposite a face denoting four,
that is face 3 is opposite face 10 and face 9 is opposite face 4. Therefore the sum of the characters of any two directly opposite sides will always equal seven. The die shown is therefore similar to the common cubical die having six faces with the numbers one to six thereon except that in the die shown there are twelve faces with two faces denoting one, two faces denoting two, two faces denoting three, two faces denoting four, two faces denoting five and two faces denoting six.
By thus increasing the number of sides of the die the die rolls more easily and is much more lively and the game is made more interesting. To get the desired increase in liveliness the die should have a greater number of sides than eight. It is also advantageous to have them equilateral and all of the same size and shape in order that the various faces have equal chances of landing up. However this is not necessary according to the broader aspects of the invention nor is it necessary that all of the faces have characters or numbers thereon. Some of the faces may be left blank for certain games, likewise the number of sides may be varied. For example, if a die is .desired which will roll more easily and be still more lively, it may have twenty equilateral sides of the same size and shape. Many other changes and modifications may be made, without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention in it broader apects. j
What is claimed, is;
1. A die having twelve flat faces all of which are of substantially the same size and shape and are substantially equilateral, six of which bear numbers or characters indicating one to six, and the other six faces also bearing numbers or characters indicating one to six, the characters being so arranged on the faces that the sum of the characters on any two directly opposite faces will equal seven.
2. A die having a plurality of faces all of which are of substantially the same size and shape, six of which bear numbers or characters indicating one to six, and another six of which bear numbers or characters indicating one to six, the characters and faces being so arranged that the sum of the characters on any two directly opposite faces will equal seven.
e. A die havin twelve flat faces, six of which bear numbers or characteristics indicatin one to six respectively and the other six 0 which also hear numbers or characters indicating one to six respectively, the numbers or characters being so arranged on the faces that the sum ofthe characters on any two directly opposite faces will equal seven.
4. A die having a plurality of faces, six.
eating one to six respectively, and another six of which bear numbers'or characters indicating one to six respectively, the characters and faces being so arranged that the sum of the characters on any two directly opposite faces will equal seven.
bigned at New York city in the county of New York and State of New York' this 30th day of July, A. D. 1921.
WILLIAM STERN, II.