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Publication numberUS1272336 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 9, 1918
Filing dateMay 14, 1917
Priority dateMay 14, 1917
Publication numberUS 1272336 A, US 1272336A, US-A-1272336, US1272336 A, US1272336A
InventorsSamuel P Edmonds
Original AssigneeSamuel P Edmonds
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1272336 A
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iawnted July 9, 1918.

SAMUEL r. nnmouns, or caronsvrnnn, Maintain).


Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented July 9, 11918.

Application filed May 14, 1917. Serial lie. 168,534.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, SAMUEL P. EDMONDS, a citizen of the United States, residing at Catonsville, in the county of Baltimore and State of Maryland, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Life-Preservers, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to life preservers and particularly to improvements which will permit them to be worn without inconvenience while engaged in work and withgug interfering with the movement of the Itis desirable that the buoyant material should be so disposed as to particularly support the head when in the water and'also to insure the proper position of the body in case of exhaustion or other loss of control. One of the objects of this invention is to provide a life preserver that shall most ,ef-'

ficiently perform these functions. Another object is to provide a garment that is especially adapted for aviators and will serve as a protection against the cold or biting winds and drafts to which they are sub jected when flying at terrific speed through the air and athigh altitudes.

The manner in which I provide for these several purposes will be understood from the following description in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 is a perspective view of a life preserver embodying my invention; Figs. 2 and 3 are perspective views of the same showing the manner of applying it to the person; and Fig. 4 is a perspective view showing substantially the position which a person would naturally assume in the water if under the control of the buoyant action of the life preserver.

I have found that it is very important to provide a support for the head that will insure the maintenance of a proper posture of the head when the wearer has lost control of the body under exhaustion or when unconscious. The natural tendency of the movement between the head support and the body support while retaining a certain connectlon or cooperation between them.

By reason of its resemblance to a large col- 'lar, I may designate the head support as a buoyant collar member. By reason of its soft pliable nature, its water resistant quali ties, lightness and great buoyancy, I prefer to fill or pack the parts of my life preserver with silk-floss, known commercially as kapok. I

In the drawings I have illustrated one formof my invention in which the life preserver resembles a slcevelcss'coat or jacket with a wide quilted or tufted collar which normally stands out from the edge of the neck life a ruii or somewhat after the fashion of an Elizabethan collar as illustrated in F igs.- 1 and 2, the front edges be ing provided with tapes so that they may be brought together and tied as shown in Figs.

Band 4.

The body of the jacket may be made of canvas or other suitable fabric, and shaped to conform-to the body of theperson, being provided with arm-holes 2 and tapes or straps 3, and a belt 3' if desired, by which it may be secured in position. The buoyant material which is preferably silk-floss known as'kapok, the best grade being known commercially as ilanasilkf? is carried by the canvas body in any suitable manner, as by stuihng it between layers of the fabric and securing it inplace'in any wellknown manner as by quilting, tufting or fulling. This tufted or quilted buoyant material extends substantially overthe whole chest portion and to the bottom of the jacket, as indicated at l and from adjacent the top of the jacket at the back to about the bottom of the shoulder-blades, as indicated at 4*. The collar 5 is entirely stuiied full of the buoyant material so that it has sufficient bulk or stifi'ness to cause it to stand out from the neck seam like a rufl, as illustrated in Fig; l and does-not lie down upon the shoulders.

I have distributed the buoyant material in the manner above described for the purpose of causing the center of buoyancy of the .life preserver and body of the person wearing-1t to be high above his center of avity when in. the water. plished by the greater bulk of the buoyant material which extends over the chest and in front of the trunk to a point helow'the waist line. The part which extends over the upper part of the backfrom the neck to the shoulder-blades causes the body to assume the proper position with a backward inclination, about as indicated in Fig. 4, although probably in most cases the backward This is accomiio inclination would be somewhat greater than this.- When the body of the person is being tossed about. by the waves, the body is rolled over from side to side and is continually llable to be thrown over upon the face, this tendency'being increased by the falling forward of the head when the person becomes unconscious or is in a semi-comatose state. The ordinary life preserver does not corrector counteract this tendency and consequently does not prevent drowning under such circumstances. I have overcome this defect by combined action of the buoyant D 'niass over the front of the trunk and the buoyant collar, the greater part of which is in front of the ears as will be observed from an inspection of Fig. 4. When therefore,

-a wave tends to roll the body over upon one side, this is resisted by the buoyancy of the greater forward portion of the collar, which is directly connected to the jacket, and bythe greater mass of the buoyant material over the front of the body. The resultant action restores the body to a position with the face uppermost. The thick buoyant collar absolutely prevents ,the head from falling over to one side below the water line and as it is tossed about by the waves, acts constantly as a restoring or counteracting force to maintain the face uppermost.

While the collar should be secured in the position shown in Figs. 3 and 4 by tying the tapes 9, when a person is about to jump winds to which aviators are exposed in rapid flight. Moreover, in case of accident, if

they fall into a body of water the head is protected against the shock and the parts are in position to most effectually support the body. It will be further observed that the body member forms an effective pro,

ent from the foregoing description. To reiterate, the arrangement arid cooperative relation of the several buoyant portions results in a most advantageous distribution of the buoyant material for the purpose of effecting the proper support of the body with a minimum amount of material. The re sultant buoyant force with the center of buoyancy high above the center of gravity acts to placethe body in the most advantageous position for maintaining the head above the water and thrown backward to lifnsure the nose and mouth above the surace.

I have particularly described the form illustrated in the accompanying drawings for the purpose of disclosing an embodiment of my invention but it is obvious that various changes can be made within the purview of my claims and without departmg from my invention.

I claim r 1. A life preserver, comprising a buoyant body member having the greater portion of its buoyancy in the front part, and a buoy ant collar member secured to the neck'of body member and normally oustanding therefrom.

2. A life preserver, comprising a buoyant body member and abuoyant collar member secured by a neck seam to the body member and normally outstanding therefrom.

3. A life preserver as set forth in claim 2, and means for securing the front edges of the collar together. v

4. A. life preserver, comprising a jacket body member of suitable fabric and carry: ing buoyant material substantially throughout its front part and in the upper part only of its back part, and a buoyant collar member secured by a neck seam to the body member and normally outstanding therefrom.

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




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U.S. Classification441/112, 441/123
Cooperative ClassificationB63C9/115