US 1158208 A
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H. R. HART.
ATHLETIC GUARD APPLlcnTmN FILED JULY a. 1915 Patented oet. 26, 1915.A
HENRY RIDGEWAY HART, 0F IVIONTCLAIR, NEW JERSEY.
Application led July 3, 1915.
To all whom it may concern.'
Be it known that I, l-InNnY Riocnwav HART, citizen of the United States, residing at Montclair, New Jersey, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Athletic Guards, of which the following is a specification.
My invention is intended to provide an improved guard or pad for use by athletes which will, in addition Ato providing the usual protection to the wearer, allow a freedom of movement of the protected member heretofore unknown. This freedonr of movement is made possible by making the guard flexible longitudinally and laterally.
l Guards or padsyof this nature have genorally been made by sewing between two pieces of suitable material inserted strips of some solid, resisting material running lengthwise of the limb or other part of the body on which it is worn and thus are flexible only in one direction. A
In my present invention, as a specific means of illustration I use a rshin guard or pad, but do not limit myself to this form as guards or pads made in accordance withhny invention may be used on the arms, elbows, legs or any other member of the body requiring extra protection in particlpatlng in stii'chgames as hockey,.footlmll and the like.
, In the accompanying drawing, Figurev `1 is a plan view, and Fig. 2 is a sectional view taken on line 2 2 of Fig. 1.
, -As is usuall in the construction of guards or pads of this nature, two layers A and B,
of any suitable material, felt, canvas or the like are laid one up'on the other. l then interpose aplurality of squares or rectanglcs, as shown at C. I d-o not limit myself as to size or shape of these squares or rectangles which may beof any approved size or shape. They are made of some solid re-I sisting substance, fibel' for instance, and are placed between the layers A and B, in alinement one with the other both vertically and Specification of Letters Patent.
- Patented @et Ztl, M9115.
Serial No. 37,989.
horizontally, and at a sullicient distance apart to permit vertical and lwrizontal stitches as shown at D and ll, between them, thereby incasing each individual member or square in a pocket or compartment between the layers and B.
ltiveted or sewed to the guard or pad in a suitable position l use the usual buckle and straps lf, l", by' means of which the guard or pad-is attached to the desired leg, arm or shin. or other situation.
What I claim is:
1. An athletic guard or protector comprising a pad of flexible material havinpY incorporated therein a plurality of rigid sections spaced apart vertically and horizontally, substantially as described.
2. An athletic lguard or protector com )risVv ing,r a pad ot' a plurality ot' layers olf a exible material, and a plurality oi rectangular rigid sections fastened between them so as to permit flexibility ot' the pad in two directions, substantially as described.
Il. An athletic guard or protector comprising a pad of a plurality of layers oi a flexible material, a plurality of rigid sections fastened between them independently of each other and in alinement one with the other in a vertical and horizontal plane, so as to give flexibility in two directions, substantially as described.
4. An athletic guard or protector com rising a pad of a plurality ot' layers of a i exible material, afplurality of rigid members fastened between them and in alinementone with'the other in a vertical and horizontal plane and having vertical and horizontal curing,r means between them.
ln testimony whereof, I allix my signature in presence of two witnesses.
HENRY RIDGEWAY HART.
lVitnesses E. L.'S'1Uuons, FRANCIS G. CoATrv.