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Patented Feb. 20, 1917;
INVENTOH m m n w 46; ATTORNEYJ' ELIAS PALTER, OF PROVIDENCE, BHODELISLAND.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, EnrAs PALTER, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Providence, county of Providence State of Rhode Island, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Lingerie-Clasps, of which the following is a specification.
' The object of my invention isto provide a closed supporting clamp of the type generally known as lingerie clasp, which will be more efiicient and possess advantages not possessed by the clasps of this type now available. garments being of soft, flexible material, slide off the shoulder of the wearer and hamper the free movement of the arm and destroy the fit and impart an untidy appearance to outer garments, as well as fail to give the desired support. Garments worn over the undergarment are provided with shoulder straps which, by reason of the material or cut of the over garments, will re-- main in position, in spite of the body movements of the wearer. Or'it may be that the shoulder strap of the over garment is of as soft a material as that of the undergarment, and is likely, when otherwise unsupported, to slip from the shoulder, but that if it is attached to the shoulder strap of the undergarment, the two straps will cooperate to support one another, due to a difference in material or cut.
My clasp is designed to loop over and in close the two or more straps passing over the shoulder, and keeping them from separating. and singly or together sliding ofl? the shoulder. If the clasp were to slide along the strap to a position removed from the top of the shoulder, one or more of the straps might slip off the shoulder in spite of the clasp. In order to avoid this difiiculty, I provide my clasps with means for gripping the strap at a plurality of points along a line transverse to the straps. This gripping means is designed to hold onto all the straps tightly, and not to penetrate and cut or separate the fibers of the fabric or muss the same.
The gripping means in the embodiment of my invention herein disclosed is placed within the loop of my clasp in a manner which renders the resilience of my clasp Specification of Letters Patent:
my clasp together whenit The shoulder straps of under- Patented Feb. 20, 1917..
Application filed January 22, 1915. Serial No. 3,678.
more effective holding the clasp tightly closed against accidental opening and more effect ve in swinging the parts of the clasp away from one another after it is opened. A particular feature of my invention is the means devised for latching the ends of is closed about the straps.
Other. objects and advantages of my invention will appear from the following description of certain embodiments of my invention, when taken in connection with the accompanying drawings thereof, in which: Figure 1 shows the manner of using my improved clasp and the result of the use of a clasp not having gripping means;
Fig. 2 shows a side, view of my clasp;.
Fig. 3 is a top view thereof, with one member broken away;
Fig. 4 is an end view of my clasp; Fig. 5 is a section on the line 5--5 of Fig. 4; Fig. 6 is a partial section of a modification.
My clasp is made of resilient material and comprises an upper member 1 and. a
member 1 bends. .When' the ends of the,
members 1 and 2 are pressed together, the curved member 4 springs out over'the loop 6, and when the pressure isfreleasedythe coil 8 causes the upper member 1 to assume a curved form, which draws the curved end 4 snugly against the loop 6. The lower member 2 is formed with a curve similar to that assumed by the upper member 1, so that when the clasp or clamp is closed, the
. two members 1 and 2 will be parallel. The
curved end 4 is formed with a'backwardly curved portion 9, which comprises a releasing grip, 1n which the finger nail may be inserted to sprmg back the curved end 4 to separate the members 1 and 2. The corrufor the material of the straps. In the tops of the corrugations areperforations 10. Into these perforations the material is forced by the member 1, and it is thus seen that an eflicient grip is provided, whereby the lingerie clasp is prevented from sliding from its position A on the shoulder, to prevent any of the straps sliding off the shoulder to a position B, which permitsone or more of the straps 11 or 12 to slide from the shoulder.
In the outer end of the loop 6 I provide an opening 13, and into the outer, face of the loop 4 I provide a depression 14, which produces the projection 15 on the inner face. When the ends of the clasp are pressed together, the projection 15 snaps within the opening 13 and is held there by the bending of the member 1. The lower edge 16 of the opening 13 is made sloping, so that the releasing grip 9 will not be caught within the opening 13.
In a modified form of my device, shown in Fig. 6, I form a projection 17 on the outer face of the loop 6, and a depression 18 in the inner face of the end 4, at the same time that I alm cutting out the holes 10 with a 'die. When the end 4 is pressed over the loop 6, the projection 17 enters into the depression 18 and locks the two parts together. The curved releasing grip 9 prevents the contact of the sharp edge of the curved end 4: against the loop 6, whereby material caught between these parts might be out. In cutting out the holes 10, the punch produces a rounded edge on these holes, so that material gripped therein is not likely to be cut.
I have described specific embodiments of my invention, but intend that my invention shall not be limited except by the appended claims.
What I claim as my invention and desire to have secured by Letters Patent of the United States, is Y 1. An article of manufacture comprising a clasp having two members joined at one end for relative movement, the opposite end of one member being turned back upon itself and lying between said members and providing gripping means when the said clasp is closed, said clasp being provided with means for holding it closed.
2. An article of manufacture, comprising a clasp having two members joined at one end for relative movement'the opposite end of one member being turned back upon it sail and lying between said members, and turned back portion being corrugated and having perforations to provide gripping means when said clasp is closed.
3. A lingerie clasp comprlsing two resilient members joined at one end by a curved resilient part, the opposite end of one member being looped over and having a corrugated portlon lying along the face of said member opposite said other member, to form gripping means when saidclasp is closed, said clasp being provided with means for fixing the opposite end of said other member relatively to said loop.
4. 'A lingerie clasp, comprising two resilient members joined at one end for relative movement, the opposite end of one member being looped over and having a corrugated portion lying along the face of said member opposite said other member, to form gripping means when said clasp is closed,
the said corrugated portion ending in a loop,
said coil being positioned between said mem-' bers, adjacentthe point at which said members are joined.
5. A lingerie clasp, comprisin silient members joined at one en for relative movement, the opposite end of one member being looped over and having a cor rugated portion lying along the face of said member opposite said other member, to form gripping means when said clasp is closed,
.the opposite end of the other member being curvedto spring over said'loop.
6. A lingerie clasp, comprising two resilient members joined at one end by a curved resilient part, the opposite end ofone member being looped over and having a corrugated 'portion lying along the face ofsaid member opposite said other member, to form. gripping means when said clasp is closed,
said corrugated portion ending in a coil, the;
said loop and coil having a greater height than said corrugations, whereby space is provided for bodies to be held between said members.
7. A lingerie clasp, comprising two resilient members joined at one end, by a curved resilient part, the opposite end of one member being looped over and having a portion lying along the face of said mem: ber opposite said other member, and provid mg gripping means when said clasp is closed, the said portion ending in a coil which fits within said curved part, and providing a fulcrum over which said other member is bent, said other member being two rebein' looped and the end of the resilient :In testimony whereof, I have signed my mem er being curved to fit over said loop name tothis specification, in the presence of when the ends are pressed together, the said two subscribing witnesses. fulerum causing the resilient member t0v ELIAS PALTER. assume a curve and draw its curved end Witnesses:
tightly against the looped end of the other E. F. BAUMGARTNER,
member. EDWIN SEGER.