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Publication numberUS1353592 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 21, 1920
Filing dateSep 13, 1919
Priority dateSep 13, 1919
Publication numberUS 1353592 A, US 1353592A, US-A-1353592, US1353592 A, US1353592A
InventorsHoward Frank E
Original AssigneeHoward Frank E
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Garment-supporter for hosiery
US 1353592 A
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APPLICATION FILED SEPT. 13, 1919. 1,353,592., Patentedsept- 21, 1920 2 SHEETS-SHEET I.



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To all whom it -my concem:

Be it known that I, FRANK E. HOWARD, a citizen of the United States, residing at Lamanda Park, in the county of Los Angels and State of California, have invented certain new and usefullmprovements in Garment-Supporters for Hosiery, of which the following is a specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawings.

This invention relates to an improved garment supporter, particularly adapted for 'hosiery, and also to an improved hose having means to receive'a garment supporter such as a garter. l One of the objects of the invention is to provide a hose having means adjacent the upper marginal edge thereof to removably receive the garter, said means being constructed as a part of the hose whereby the hose may'be easily laundered.

A further object of the invention is the provision of a hose supporter comprising an elastic band having means for adjustably connecting the opposite endsof the band whereby-the supporter or garter may be adjusted to fit legs of different sizes.

A further object of the invention is the provision of an improved fastener for the supporter or garter comprising a base memed on the base member and having teeth to engage the supporter or garter to clamp the base member in its different adjusted positions.

A further object of the invention is the provision of means carried by the holding member to be engaged by a loop carried by a garter to retain the garter in different adjusted positions.

A further object of the. invention is to provide the garter with adjacent loops, and a connector between said loops, whereby the loop ends may be quickly attached. and detached.

While the design and construction at present illustrated and set forth is deemed preferable, it is obvious that as a result of a reduction of the invention to a more practical form for commercial purposes, the in- 50 vention may be susceptible to changes, and the right to these changes is claimed, provided they are comprehended within the scope of what is claimed. r

The invention comprisesfurther features and combination of parts, as will be here-" Specification of Letters Patent.

form of garter or supporter plate.

74 of Fig. 6.

hose or sock, showing an extra circular-piece ber, and a holding member pivotally mount-' 7 or hose.

' Patented Sept. 21.1920.

Application filed September 13, 1919. Serial No.. 323,539.

inafter set forth, shown in the drawings and claimed.

In the drawings: v v Figure 1 is a'perspective view of a hose showing the garter or garment supporter as applied and showing the fastener carried by the supporter.

Figi 2 is an enlarged detail view of the upper end of the hose showing the means to" receive the garter or supporter. Fig. 3 is a sectional view through the gar? ter or supporter showing the fastener and 1 the connector platel v Fig. 4 is an enlarged detail perspective view of the fastener detached-from the. garter. l 5

F ig. 5 is a detail perspective View ofla;v modified form of hose, showing the modified Fig. 6 1s a plan view of the fastener shown in Fig.5..

' Fig. 7 is a detail sectional view onlilie Fig. 8 is a detail perspective view f stitched to the inner face of the upper ',r-' tion of the sock to form a channel 25, t ere being slits or openings, whereby agarter may be inserted in the channel.

Fig. 9 is a sectional view on; line- 9+9 of ig. 10 is a detail plan viewofa'modified'. form of fastener showing a headed-stud 28 {I to be engaged by the eye or opening 1450f the hasp 13. a j Fig. 11 is a detail perspective gview ofj t upper portion of the sock or ose'"'showing v a plurality of short vertical strip's'stitched to the outer face of the hose, so as to reoeive' a garter. l -j :9

Fig. 12 is a detail perspective view'of the upper portion of a hose or sock showing ajf fabric band stitched to the outer face and, around the upper portion of 1 the hose or sock, provided with slots or slits, which are bound with sheet metal wear members to 51;; prevent raveling of the slots inthefband. "13. Fig. 13 is a detail plan view of a sheetfwf metal plate to be, stamped in the form ,as-

or slots, either in the'band or in 'the 'sock' Fig. 14 is a detail'sectional viewiofa.fasf-f' tener 15. showin a modifiedficonstrllctiong.

Referring tot pecially to Fig. 1, 1 designates the hose, the

upper portion of which is folded and raveling and this material of the hose be-' tween the slits form straps to receive the garter or garment supporter.

The garter or garment supporter comprises a single length of elastic material, having at one end a clasp 6, and this elastic material is folded upon itself as shown at 7 to form a loop. A folded portion of the elastic material is passed through the clasp and the other end thereof is folded as shown at 8 to form a second loop 9. The two loops are connected by a fastening 10, which consists of a transverse bar engaging with one of the loops and having eyes 11 at its 0pposite ends. A pin engages through the eyes 11 and the pointed portion of the pin 12 engages the other loop 7. By detaching the pin it will be seen that the two loops of the garter or supporter can be easily and quickly detached and the garter removed from the hose.

A garter or supporter connected to a hose in this manner will at all times remain near the upper edge of the hose and provided the hose only extends over the'knee of the leg, there is hardly any chance of the hose falling and, furthermore, the garter will at all times remain adjacent the upper edge, in fact, preventing the hose from pulling from underthe garter. A metallic connector 13 is connected to the end of that portion of the elastic band, which forms th e loop 7, which connector is provided with an eye 14. Mounted upon the garter is a fastener 15. This fastener comprises a base plate having ears 16 at its opposite ends and an elongated slot17, through which the elastic garter or supporter passes. Pivoted between the ears are the pintles 18 of the clamping jaw 19. This clamping jaw has an elongated bent flange 20 provided with teeth 21 to engage the garter or supporter and when the jaw is placed adjacent the base of the fastener. The jaw has a struck up tongue 22 to be engaged by the eye 14 of the connector. By moving the jaw outwardly it is obvious that the fastener may be adjusted along the garter or elastic material, so'as to lengthen or shorten the loop 9 thereby increasing or decreasing the size of the garter, in order to fit legs of different sizes.

In Fig. 5, the garter is arranged in the hose or sock farther below the upper mar ginal edge thereof in the channel 25. To form the channel 25 as shown in Fig. 5, the upper portion of the hose or sock is folded neeaeea over and stitched as at 2, and the outer wall of the channel is slitted or provided with openings 27, through which the garter is inserted, in order to enter the channel. These slits or slots or openings 27 are stitched around the edge, to prevent raveling. Also in Fig. 5 the eye 14 in the hasp 13 has a contracted space intermediate the opposite ends of the eye or opening 14. In order that the tongue22 may engage the circular portion of the eye 14, the connector 13 is turned partly, so as to permit the tongue to pass the contracted portion of the eye.

In Fig. 8, a sock or hose is illustrated and a circular piece 25 is stitched as at 25 to the inner face of the hose, thereby forming a channel 25. The outer wall of the hose or sock in this instance is slitted to provide openings 27, through which a garter may be inserted in order to assume a position in the channel. The edges of the slits or openings 27 are stitched or bound, to prevent raveling.

A modified form of fastener is illustrated in Fig. 10. However, this fastener is quite similar to those illustrated in Figs. 5 and 6, with the exception that the clamping jaw 19 has a headed stud 28 instead of a tongue such as previously shown.

In Fig. 11, a plurality of straps 29' are stitched at 29 to the outer face of the sock or hose near its upper edge, and a garter is adapted to be inserted between these straps andthe outer face of the hose, to hold the garter in place.

' In Fig. 12, a circular band or fabric 30 is stitched at 30 to the outer face of the sock or hose near its upper marginal edge. This band of fabric may be constructed of material similar to that of the sock or hose, so as to afford a uniform appearance. This circular band of fabric is provided with slits 31, through which a garter may be inserted, to enter the space between the band and the outer face of the hose. In Fig. 12, these slits 31 are bound by a piece of sheet metal, to prevent raveling of the edges of the slits. To form these sheet metal shields or guards, it is the aim to stamp them from sheet metal in blanks such as illustrated in Fig. 13. In forming the blank 32, as shown in Fig. 13, it may be of the shape illustrated, though not necessarily, and furthermore, it is slitted longitudinally as shown at 33, and transversely as shownat 34. The transverse slits 34 are atthe opposite ends of the longitudinal slit. Also, informing this blank, it is scored, as indicated by the dotted lines 35 and 36. When this blank is'fixed about the edges of one of the slits 31, the portions formed by the slits 33 and 34 are bent upon the scored lines 35 and 36, so as to bound the edges of the slits 31 of the hose, thereby preventing raveling of the slits.

In Fig. 14, the base plate of the'fastener masses gaged by the opening 14 of the metallic connector 13. It will be noted that when the connector 13 is in engagement with the tongue 22*, the connector tends to hold the clamping jaw 19 in engagement with they tongue 22 in contact with the base plate of the fastener.

The invention having been set forth, what 'is claimed as new and useful is K A supporter comprising in combination with a garment having a supporter receiving means, said supporter consisting of an elastic band engaging said receiving means, said band at one end being folded to form a loop and a clasp connected to the end of the band as forming said loop, one side of the loop adjustably engaging through the clasp, the other end portion being folded to form a second loop, a fastener comprising a base plate slotted to receive one side of the second loop, aclamp. pivotally and operatively mounted upon the base plate and having a clamping flange to clamp one side of the second loo-p against the base; plate, a connector carried by the end of the other side of the second loop and detachably engaging said clamp, whereby the tension of the band about the wearer acts to urge the clamping flange in engagement with the band to clamp it against the base plate, and means detachably connecting the two loops,

2. A sfipporter comprising in combination with a garment having supporter receiving means, said supporter consisting of an elastic band folded upon itself adjacent its op-- posite ends to form a pair of loops, a connector carried by the end of one side of one of said loops, a fastener comprising a base plate having a slot through which the band passes, a clamp consisting of an angle plate pix'otally and operatively mounted upon the base plate. and having a clamping flange to clamp against the base plate, means connecting the clamp and the connector, a clasp carried bythe end of one side of the other loop and provided with parallel openings,

through'which the band passes soas to frictionally bind therein, and means detachably connecting the two loops.

3. A garment supporter comprising an elastic band adapted to pass about the wearer. and having its opposite ends folded to form loops, means connecting the two loops, a connector carried by the end of one side of one of the loops, a fastener comprising a base plate provided with a slot at one end through which the band passes sothat it may ride upon one face of the plate, said plate having bearings, a clamp comprising an angular plate having a clamping flange protruding at a slight acuteangle to the body of the clamping plate, means carried by the clamping plate pivotally and operatively engaging said bearings, said clamping plate having a struck up tongue to be engaged by said connector, whereby one of I said loops may belengthened or shortened.

4. A fastener for garment supporters comprising a base plate slotted at one end to adjustably receive a band which lies upon one face of the base plate, said base plate having opposite parallel bearings, a clamp having trunnions engaging said bearings to swing toward and from the band, said clamp comprising a body part and a clamping flange protruding at a slight acute angle relatively to the body part to engage and clamp the band against the base plate when the body part of the clamp is moved toward and to assume an angle to the base plate of a great degree relatively to the base plate, said clamp having a struck up tongue, a connector carried by one end of the band and engaging with said tongue to hold the clamp in a position relatively close to the band and holding the flange in firm engagement with the band.

body of the band for lengthening and shortening the other loop, and means for de-' tachably connecting the two loops;

In testimony whereof ll hereuntoaffixmy signature.


Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2785413 *Jul 8, 1953Mar 19, 1957Keeler Cook TippyMethod of holding socks in pairs for laundering
US2837747 *Jan 14, 1955Jun 10, 1958Kay M SchaflerSupporting means for hosiery and the like
US5063919 *Sep 5, 1989Nov 12, 1991Silverberg Doris CProtective sleeve
U.S. Classification2/240
International ClassificationA41F11/16, A41F11/00
Cooperative ClassificationA41F11/16
European ClassificationA41F11/16