US 1404722 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
J. S. SWOPE.
APPLICATION FILED SEPT. 17. 1920.
Patented Jan. 24, 1922.
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JOHN S. SWOJPE, 0F PARIS, TEXAS, ASSIGNOR OF FORTY-FIVE PER CENT T0 JOHN A. SCARBOROUGH AND TWENTY PER CENT TO RICHARD W. WORTHAM, BOTH 0E PARIS, TEXAS.
. Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Jan. 24L, 1 22.
Application filed September 17, 1920. Serial No. 411,004.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, JoHN S. Sworn, a citizen of the United States, residing at Paris, in the county of Lamar, State of Texas, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Knee Protectors, of which the following is a description, reference being had to the accompanying drawing, and to the figures of reference marked thereon.
The invention relates to new and useful improvements in knee protectors, and more particularly to a knee protector which is adapted to be used for the picking of cotton or the like.
An object of the invention is to provide a knee protector wherein the body portion is formed of an inner layer of fabric and an outer layer of rubber, thereby forming a flexible pad which is durable and waterroof.
p A further object of the invention is to provide a knee protector of the above character wherein puncture-proof material is embedded in the body portion of the protector sons to prevent said protector from being punctured or out by sharp stones or the like. I
A. still further object of the invention is to provide a knee protector of the above character which is rovided with pr0jections on its under ace for strengthening and preventin the same from slipping on the wet groun These and other objects will in part be obvious and will in part be hereinafter more fully disclosed. 1
In the drawings, which show by way of illustration one embodiment of the invention:--
Figure 1 is a perspective View of my improved knee protector;
Fig. 2 is a longitudinal sectional view centrally through the same;
Fig. 3 is a bottom view of the protector with a part of the rubber surface broken awa to show the puncture-proof material.
y improved pad consists of an angular body portion or casing shaped to fit the bended knee. Said body portion or casing is preferably formed of an inner layer of fabric and an outer layer of rubber. This makes a very flexible protector which is waterproof and which is durable. I also preferably embed in the body portion between the rubber and the fabric a layer Referring more in detail to the drawings,
my improved knee protector consists of a body portion or casing 1 having sides 22. Wh1ch sides are cut as at 3 at right angles to the edge of the body portion so that the slde parts ma be overlapped and riveted by means of rivets 44. As clearly shown in the drawings, the casing is formed substantially U-shaped in cross section and is curved longitudinally as clearly illustrated in Figures 1 and 2. This natural curvature of the casing which is due to the fact that it is made from a section of an automobile tire, either new, but preferably old or worn, permits that portion of the casing which contacts with the ground when worn, to fit more closely and snugly to the shins of the wearer. The protector is secured to the leg by means of straps 55 and buckles 6-6. Located within the body portion is a pad 7 which is secured by rivets 8-8 located at the ends of the pad only to the body portion so that this'pad may be readily moved to the dotted line position shown in Fig. 2 to clean out any dirt or small stones which may have worked into the protector and beneath the pad. The body portion is formed of'fabric 9 and an outer layer of rubber 10. Between the two layers is a puncture-proof material 9 which may be of any suitable character but which as here shown is formed of cords woven back and forth diagonally of the length of the protector. The outer surface of the pad is formed with recesses 11-11 which in effect produce projections 1212 extending longitudinally of the pad and laterally of the pad, which projections form a non-skid surface to prevent the wearer from slipping on the wet ground. The puncture-proof material prevents sharp stones and the like from getting through the pad and thus greatly increases the life of the pad. The outer rubber surface prevents moisture from penetrating the protector.
It is obvious that minor changes in the details of construction and the arrangement of parts may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention as set forth in the appended claims.
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as new is 1. A knee protector comprising a solid casing, built up of layers of fabric and rubber, said casing being formed substantially U-shaped in cross section throughout its length and curved longitudinally, leg cushioning means arranged within said casing, and means for securing said casing to thedeg of the wearer.
2. A knee protector comprising a solid casing of substantial thickness built up of layers of fabric and rubber, there beingan exterior layer of rubber, said casing being formed substantially U-shaped in cross section throughout its length and curved longitudinally, leg cushioning means arranged within said casing, and means for securing said casing to the leg of the wearer.
3. A knee protector comprising a solid racer/ea 4. A knee protector comprising a solid casing built up of layers of fabric and rubber wlth an exterior layer of rubber formed with integral anti-skid projections, said casing being formed substantially U-shaped-in cross section throughout its length and curved longitudinally, leg cushioning means arranged within said casing, and means for securing said casing to the leg of the wearer.
In testimony whereof, I afiix my signature.
JOHN S. SWOPE.