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Publication numberUS1293089 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 4, 1919
Filing dateSep 15, 1917
Priority dateSep 15, 1917
Publication numberUS 1293089 A, US 1293089A, US-A-1293089, US1293089 A, US1293089A
InventorsWilloughby D Hardy
Original AssigneeWilloughby D Hardy
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Shoulder and body brace.
US 1293089 A
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1,293QQ89. I Patented Feb.4,19 19.

following is UNITED S TES PATENT orrron,


SHOULDER am) new" amen.

" To allwhom it may concern: I

' Be it known that I, TILLOUGHBY D. HARDY, a citizen of the United States, residing at New York, in the county of New 'York and State of- New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Shoulder and Body. Braces, of which the a specification;

This invention relates to an improved shoulder and body mary object to' providea device of this character so .constructedf'that the pressure 101- elastic straps 'willbe' brought to bear for holding the shoulders of the wearer thrown ack as well as holding the body in an erect position.

The inventionhas as a further object to providea device employing a belt arranged to be fitted about the wa st and yieldably connected with the body or back brace of the-device for holding the body of the wearer erect and wherein the said :belt will also form a support for the abdomen.

And the invention has as a still further object to rovide a construction wherein the belt will e adjustably connected with the body or back brace of the device so that the belt may be properly positioned yvith respect to the waist line.

Other and incidental objects will appear as the description proceeds and in the draw- ,ings' wherein I have illustrated the preferred embodiment of the invention and wherein similar referencecharacters designate corresponding parts throughout the several views:

Figure 1 is a rear elevation showing my im roved deviceapplied, and

ig. 2 is a fragmentary sectional view showin the of the evice;

In carrying out the invention, I employ .a sectional body or back brace 10, the sections of which" are formed with strai ht meeting edges and are connected by a p urality of elastic straps 11. The body may be formed of any suitable material and is provided at its upper extremity with upwardly extending reduced portions or tabs 12 carried one by each of the sections of the body and at its lower extremity with laterally extending reduced portions or tabs 13, oneof whiclris also arranged upon each of the body sections. Extending from the tabs 12 are shoulder straps 14 connected with the said tabs by elastic strips 14 stitched or Specification of Letters Tatent. Application filed September is, 1917. Serial No. 191,593.

the body.

brace and has as its pri-- padding of the shoulder straps otherwise secured to the tabs. The straps 14 are arranged to extendlin front of the extremities thereof are adjustably connected Patented Feb. 4, 1919;

"shoulders beneath the arms and the free H to buckles 15 secured upon the tabs 13 of.

The intermediate portions of these straps 2 of tliedrawings, provided with suitable pads 16 to bear against the shoulders.

are, as shown in detail in Fig.

Extending from the lower inner corners 0f the sections of the body 10 are down- 17 and 'sup wardly directed elastic straps ported by these straps is a belt 18. Secured to the belt midway the ends thereof, are buckles 19 engaging with the free extremities of the straps 17 for adjustably connecting the belt with. the body 10. At its free ends, the belt 18 is adjustably connected with thecoacting elements of a suitablebelt buckle 20 for holding the belt in position extending about the waist of the wearer.

As will now be clear, the shoulder-straps 14 may be so adjusted about the shoulders of the wearer that the elastic straps 11 connectin the sections of the body 10 will be norma ly stretched to exert an elastic pres sure tendin to hold the shoulders thrown back. At t e same time, the elastic straps 17 may be so adjusted that the said straps will be normally stretched between the belt a 18 and the body 10 to exert an elastic pressure upon the shoulders tending to holdthe body in an erect position. This effect will be particularly pronounced should the wearerof the device'bend oven-when the straps 17 will be further stretched to consequently exert an increased pressure upon the shoulders tendin ,to return the body to anerect'position. s shown in Fig. 1 of the drawings, the rear portion of the belt adjacentfthe connections for the buckles 19 preierahly worn to fit'midway of the small the back, ,whilethe forward portion of the belt is arranged toengage beneath the outward curve of the abdomen so that the belt will thus have a'secure purchase about the wai t. 1 Furthermore, by thus applyin the belt? the said belt will also provide ai i abdonlinallsupport.

It will therefore be seen that I provide a particularly simplevand efi'icient construction for the'purpose set forth and a device which: will not only act to yieldably hold the shoulders of the wearer thrown back but will also act to yieldably hold the body in an erect position.

Having thus described theinvention, whatis claimedas new is:

1. A combined shoulder and body support comprising a back brace substantially panduriform in shape and formed of mating sections having their inner vertical edges disposed parallel with each other, transverse elastic straps connecting the sections of the back brace and tending to hold said sections normally in juxtaposition to each other}, shoulder straps forming a connection be-- tween the upperand lower ends of the sections comprising the back brace, a non-elasticbody belt spaced from the back brace and spaced adjustable elastic straps secured to.

comprising a back brace formed of mating sections having their upper ends reduced to form diverging shoulder tabs and their lower ends extended laterally to produce body tabs, the inner vertical edges of the sections of the back brace being parallel and the lower edges of said sections being curved "upwardly and gradually merged into the body tabs, buckles secured to the body tabs,

non-elastic'shoulder straps secured directly to. said buckles, elastic straps forming a connection between the shoulder straps and the shoulder tabs, a body belt of non-elastic material spaced from the back brace and having spaced buckles rigidly secured to the rear portion thereof, transverse elastic straps connecting the sections of the back brace and adjustable elastic straps secured to and extending in a straight line from the curved lower edges of the sections of the back brace near the inner vertical edges thereof and connected with the buckles on the body belt.

In testimony whereof I afiix my signature.


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US4644939 *Feb 8, 1985Feb 24, 1987Coleman Thomas AShoulder brace
US5095894 *Dec 14, 1990Mar 17, 1992Level-One Products, Inc.Upper extremity stabilizer
U.S. Classification2/44
Cooperative ClassificationA61F5/028