Patent Model - Cushion for Billiard-Tables

Maker and role
Moses Bensinger (b.1839, d.1904), Patentee
Benjamin Goodrich (b.1841, d.1888), Patentee
J. M. Brunswick and Balke Company, Assignee
Production date
Apr 27 1880
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Rubber, textile
1 1/4 x 5 3/4 x 1" (3.2 x 14.6 x 2.5cm)
In their patent Bensinger and Goodrich's explain that "billiard-table cushions are usually made from vulcanized rubber, which is secured to the table by means of glue. When india-rubber only is used the ball, in striking, is liable to embed itself too much in the cushion, and the effect of the elastic cushion is confined to quite a limited space. To overcome this difficulty it is customary to provide a facing for the india-rubber. This construction does not sufficiently confine the rubber to accomplish the desired result."

Their solution consists of "incasing either the whole or a sufficient portion of the rubber with canvas or any other close-woven fabric..." (Patent Number 226,827)
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