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Publication numberUS1095681 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 5, 1914
Filing dateAug 5, 1911
Priority dateAug 5, 1911
Publication numberUS 1095681 A, US 1095681A, US-A-1095681, US1095681 A, US1095681A
InventorsGoodwin B Smith
Original AssigneeGoodwin B Smith
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1095681 A
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I APPLIGATION FILED AUG. 5, 1911. 1,095,681.

Patented May 5, 1914; I


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Patented May 5, 1914.

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Specification of Letters latent. I 7 Application filed August 5, 1911. Serial No. 642,488.

To all whom it maycmcem? Be it knownthat I, Gboowm .B. SMITH, a citizen of the United States, residing at Philadelphia in the county of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania," have" invented certain new" and useful Improvements in Bust-Supporters, of which the following is a specification. This invention relates to a breast reducer 10 and supporter and has particular reference tosuch adeviceformed of freely elastic material.

ll have found that by making a breast redmcer and supporter of elastic material or webbing and weaving the webbing to provide pockets for receiving and conforming to the curvature of the breast, the breassis b supported in a natural position nd the wearer is not inconvenienced. I wi it to be understood that where I herein employ the term elastic webbing, such term is used in its ordinary acce tation as indicating a fabric having threa s or strands of rubber woven therein, so that the strip or section stretching longitudinally. The breast reducer being formed of elastic webbing, it

" exerts a. constant and even pressure upon the breast to reduce the same and hold it in a natural. elevated positiont Thebreast sup-.

porter beingformed ofelasfic webbingwill- 7 yield and give when the wearer moves, thus rendering its use easy and comfortable.

The device is so constructed that it will not allow the breast to slip and will not itselfbe liable to displacement. The bulging or concave portions formin pockets to receive thebreast are formed y weaving c the elastic web in a special manner.

7 A11 important object of this invention to provide a device of the above mentioned character, which is light, comfort-able, strong, durable, and cheap to manufacture. Other objects and advantages of this inventionwill be apparent during.the course of the following description. U

In the accompanying drawings forming a part of this specification and in which like numerals are employed to designate like 50. parts throughout the same, Figure 1 isa perspective view of the device as a whole, Fig. a front elevation of the elastic webbing having the breast receiving pockets capable of freely yielding or formed therein Fig. 3 is a front elevation .of the device flattened, the, shoulder strap being omittedz,Fig. i is an edge view of the same,- Fig. 5 is a sectional view on line 5-5 of Fig. 2, and, Fig. 6 is a similarview on line 6-6 of Fig. 2. My breast reducer and supporter com,-.

prises av front section of freely elastic maerial 1, preferablyof elastic'webbing to the ends of which are attached tabs 1 having' commotion with straps 2, preferably formed? of cloth or any suitable flexible and relatively non-extensible material. Tliese straps have their adjacent ends attached to a sectionof elastic webbing 3, as shown, to

Patented May 5, 1914.

allow of the free and easy movement of the ody. One of the straps 2 is formed in two sections, which are adjustably connectedpreferalily by glove fasteners, the socket elements 2 being attached to one sectionand' ithe ball elements 3 being attached to the :other section, thus providingmeans to increase and. decrease the circumferential size I of the supporter.

The dance is supported upon the wearer Eby shoulder straps 4,, each of which comprises a front section oftape5 or other flexilbleand relatively non-extensible material. The section or tape 5 is detachably connected with the section 1 by h pin 6,. or analogous device. The tape -5 has its rear end attached to a section or strip of elastlc webbing 7, which is attached to the strap 2 near its front end to allow of the free and easy movement of the arms. .The device is prevented from rising up by-a strap 8, WlllChis attached to thesection 1 midway its ends, as shown, and provided "at its 7 lower end with a socket element 9, to engage a steel section 1 has a reduced or narrow flat intermediate portion 10, which WVIdGIIS at 1ts ends to form outwardly bulging pockets 1 1, to receive the breast of the wearer. These pockets are curved in cross-section, as shown, to snugly receive and conform to the curvature of the breast. The materials of the pockets 11 become more narrow or taper toward their outer ends, as shown. Up to very recently it was impossible to weave elastic webbing to form a bulging pocket, as shown in my device. This, however, can

- now be done. The front section 1 may preferably be woven with selvage edges 11, as


Attention is called to the manner in which the front section 1 is woven to produce the flat intermediate portion 10 and the bulging pockets 11. The central elastic warp thread 12 is straight and extends through the longitudinal center of the sections. The upper and lower elastic warp threads 13 are curved longitudinally, being spaced farther apart at the center of the pockets 11 and coming closer together at the ends of the pockets. The warp threads are parallel in the intermediate portion 10, whereby the same is fiat and not curved in cross-section as are the pockets.

The numeral 1 1 designates the woof threads, which are relatively non-extensible. In order that the longitudinal edges of the front section 1 may not chafe or otherwise inconvenience the wearer, ruflies 15 are attached thereto, which are extensible and formed of suitably soft fabric folded in accordion plaits.

It is thought that a description of the use Having thus described my invention, I claim 1. A device of the class described comprising a bust-supporting body having a pair of pockets of elastic webbing spaced a substantial distance apart, a relatively flat intermediate section occupying the space between the pockets and connecting the latter, and means for securing the bust-supporting body on the wearer.

2. In a device of the class described, an integral bust-supporting section of woven elastic webbing, comprising two relatively wide bulging pockets spaced a substantial distance apart and adapted to snugly receive andconform to the natural curvature of the breasts and a relatively flat spacing section lying between the p0ckets,-and means for securing the bust-supporting section in posit1on on the wearer.

3. A device of the character described comprising a bust supporting body having a pair of pockets of woven elastic webbing spaced a substantial distance apart, each pocket being wider at .its central portion than at its ends, the longitudinal or warp threads of the webbing being elastic and disposed relatively close together near the ends of the pockets and diverging towardv the center thereof, a relatively fiat intermediate section occupying the space between the pockets and connecting the latter,

and means for securing the bust supporting body on the wearer.

In testimony whereof I afiix my signature in presence of two witnesses.


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U.S. Classification450/66
Cooperative ClassificationA41C3/00