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APPUCATION FlLED JULY31|194 1,146,742 Patented July 13, 1915.
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Patented July 13, 1915.
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MARSHALL STILLMAN, 0F NEW YORK, N. Y.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented July lf3, i915.
Application filed July 31, 1914. Serial No. 854,227.
To all whom t may concern Be it known that l, MARSHALL STILLMAN, a citizen of the United States, of 172 Fulton street, New York, county of New York, and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Boxing- Gloves, yfully described and represented in the following,specification and the accompanying drawings, forming a part of the same.
This invention relates to an improvement in gloves for boxing, fighting, and for other sports.
rlhe object of the invention is partly to provide a glove which will eliminate the thumb-stall such as is commonly used upon this class of glove, and the invention thus avoids the danger ofthe thumb becoming accidentally injured when a blow is struck, and also avoids the unfair use of the pointed thumb-stall during combat.
This object yis attained by attaching a stall or stalls forthe four fingers within the inner casing yofthe gloveand forming a passage for the thumb between the said stalls and the outer padding of the glove, so that the thumb may be folded overk the outer side of the fingers in a natural way when the fist is closed to deliver a blow, andthe thumb is also, by this construction, fully protected when the hand is opened to use theglove as a slapping-mit i Another object 'of the invention is to so construct the padding of the glove that it cannot be forced away from the index knuckle, and thereby eliminate a very dangerous feature of most gloves heretofore used, in which the padding is so arranged upon the back of the glove that it can slip or become crowded away rfrom the outer side of the index knuckle. This leaves the knuckle in a condition to strike a much harder blow than is desirable in boxing.
This second object is attained by extending a padding from the inner side of the thumb across all the knuckles, so that the extension of the padding from the ball of the thumb to the index-knuckle wholly covers and incloses such knuckle.
Another object ofthe invention is to prevent the padding from shifting within the casing of the glove and thus diminish the protection which it affords to any part of the hand, and this object is attained by constructing the padding of several layers each attached to a sheet of woven fabric to which the padding is quilted, which sheets of fabric are joined with the seam of the inner and outer glove-casing, so that the fabric cannot be shifted within the casing, and the padding cannot be shifted upon the fabric.y
The padding is .extended not only over all of the knuckles, but Aaround the outside of the thumb and over the ball of the thumb and part of the palm, which construction maintains an eflicient cushion over the knuckles and the thumb at-all times, whether the glove be yopened or closed.
The invention will be understood by reference to the annexed drawing, in which- Figure l is a view of the glove open looking toward the palm; Fig. 2 is a top view of the glove with the fist clenched; Fig. 3 is a side view of the glove on a larger scale with the fist clenched and broken at the wrist for want of room upon the drawing; and Fig. l is a section, also, on a larger scale, on line i-ff in Fig. l. Figs. 3 ande show the hand in the glove. Fig. 5 is a section on line 5-5 in Fig. 4.
This boxing-glove includes padding incased in soft leather to inclose the back of the hand, and a soft piece of leather to inclose the palm of the hand, and such parts will hereafter be termed the inner and outer casing respectively. The hand is inclosed in an outer casing a and an inner casing b which are sewn together at their junction c so as to leave an opening Z for the entrance of the hand. A padding is inclosed within a jacket e which extends over the ends of the fingers, the back of the hand, and around the ball of the thumb into the palm of the hand. The four lingers are held in a stall or stalls attached to the inner casing Z9, the drawing showing four stalls, one for each finger, formed by partitions f inside the space of the main stall g. (See Fig 4). A layer of fabric or leather f is sewn diagonally across the hand space at the thumb, to form a thumb support, and extends between the finger stalls g and the outer casing a so that when the fist is clenched the thumb has a support to exert pressure, thus pulling the glove tightly over the knuckles; when the hand is opened, that part of the thumb support which lies in the thumb crotch keeps the thumb away from the fingers.
The thumb remains free when the hand is in an open position, lying at such time between the inner and outer casings of the glove at one side of the stalls, and a passage g is provided between the stall or stalls and the outer casing a, so that when the list is clenched the thumb may pass behind ythe fingers into the passage g and lie, as shown in Figs. 2 and when the boxer wishes to deliver a blow. The glove is ventilated by vent-holes 71. located atabout the central part of the inner casing, thus permitting the air to circulate around the hand.
The padding is inclosed in a jacket e, and consists of several layers ef of fibrous mate.- rial, as cotton-batting or felt, which padding is quilted tolayers z' of woven fabric, as cheesecloth, or other suitable material, and the Vedges of such woven cloth are inserted in the seam 0 of the front and rear casings, so as to be held immovably within its jacket e, the edges of which are also secured firmly to the leather of the inner andr outer casings Where they cross the same. A padding formed in one layer of fibrous n1aterial is held so loosely within the jacket that the deformation or shifting of` the fibers cannot be prevented, but by forming the padding of several layers and quilting each to a piece of woven fabric, the padding is held securely in place and Ithe knuckles are always effectively protected. The padding may be thick or thin, and the weight of the glove varied to adapt it for use as a fighting or sparring mit.
The hand is 4effectively protected, especially the thumb, and one skilled in the art of boxing may benefit by such protection without having to adapt himself to this variation from the old style of glove, as the fingers and thumb lie in a perfectly natural position within the casing, A vlacing 7c is Copies of this patent may be obtained for live cents each, by addressing' the Washington, D. O.
3, in the position desired shown upon the innerside ofthe wrist to secure the glove by hand, but such lacing may be provided upon the back or side of the wrist, 'if preferred.
Having thus set forth the nature of the invention what is claimed herein is.
l. A boxing-glove comprising a padded outer casing and a soft leather inner casing sewn to the edges of the outer casing to form a glove, a stall or stalls for the four fingers of the hand provided within the glove, and a passage behind the stalls for the insertion of the thumb. j
2. A boxing-glove comprising an outer casing having a padding formed Vof fibrous layers secured each to a layer of woven fabric, and a soft leather inner casing seamed to the outer casing to form a glove, a stall or stalls for the fingers provided within the glove, and the glove having'a passage behind vthe stall or vstalls for the admission of the thumb.
k3. A boxing-glove comprising an outer casing having a padding formed of brous layersr secured each to a layer of woven fabric, and a soft leather inner casingjoined to the outer casing,y to form a glove, the ibrous layers also being secured in the said. seam, a stall or stalls for the fingers provided vvithin the glove, and the glove havmg` a passage behind the stallr or stalls for thev admission of the thumb.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand in the presence of twosubscribing witnesses. n .l l
AUGUSTINE N. LAURENCE, A' `Epl/V. WYATT.
Commissioner of Patents,