US 1492403 A
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A ril 29' ,T 1924. 1,492,403
- V. SLATER v S OFT COLLAR ATTACHMENT Filed Dec. 30 192] INVEHTOF?" Patented Apr, 29, 1924. v
meant siren STATES PATENT OFFEQE.
vnren SLATER, or crrronoo, ILLINOIS, AssIGnoa rro Io N RAINFORD, 'rnusrnn, on I CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. ,i
SOFT-COLLAR A'JITIACHMEN'JI- I Application filed necemberao, 1921. Serialiio. 525,865.
soft collar attachments and more particularly embodies a uniquely novel device, for snugly and smoothly maintaining the shape and disposition of the soft collar wings against undue displacement and gapping, the essential characteristics and further objects of which improveddevice will hereinafter more fully appear.
In order to prevent the undue gapping' and flaring of the wings of such collars of the soft or unstarched type, the customary practice of the wearer heretofore has been to connect the ends or tips of the collar wings by means of a tape or short flexible band passed underneath the tie-knot, where a four-in-hand tie is employed, and secured to the collar tips as by means'of complementary button holes and buttons for the collar tips and tape ends, or in lieu of such short tapes there have also been employed "tional view'of one'form of the device drawn 1 'on a]sub'stantiallyenlargedscale; Figure 2 is a bottom plan or rear, elevational view other analogous securing devices such as a chain, link or even clasp pins connecting the collar tips, orthe gapping end edges of the wings higher up than the actual tip ends, with the same end in View.
However, such devices, which are aimed to connect the tip ends of the collar, are not satisfactorily practicable in any instance and are wholly impracticable where a bow tie is to be employed, and furthermore it will have been observed that such devices do not support the collar wings in smoothly set disposition but, contrariwise, their tendency is to pull the collar tips together and inwardly towards the shirt bosom, causing a. bucklinglike bending of the collar tips and a central bulging and wrinkling of the collar wings as a whole, or where at tached higher up than the actual tip ends, then to draw those portions more particularly together, when in either event there is a corresponding bunglesome and somewhat slovenly unsightliness that makes the collar have a worn and soiled appearance even im mediately uponitswfirst being put on, and obviously all the more so after wearing but av'ery shorttime, so that all of the foregoing features are and have always been seriously objectionable and I distasteful to the neat'dresser, and may betruly ascribedas the primary reasons why many do not wear these extremely comfortable soft collars which they would'do. I The primary aim of my compact structure, which 1 is comparatively inexpensive to manufacture and market,
which is durable in use and eflective-in- I overcoming the aforesaid objections, and
"undoubtedly otherwise I invention 'lias h beento. provlde such an improved type of I device that 18 0}? light weight,,simple and which may be facilely attached to and del:
tached from the unexposed 'orinside faces of the collarwings but these and other objects and advantages will be so clearly apparent as incidental tothe following disclosure that it would serve no useful purpose tofurth'er enlarge upon the same initially, so'thatwith thereof; Figure 3 is a front elevational view 'of'a portion of asoft collar and four-in improvements, iniwhich so these prefacing remarks reference will now be "immediately had to the accompanying hand tie with the improved device attached in place, behind the tie-knot and the wings 1 orflap endsfof the collar, thedevice itselfbeing fully hidden and illustrated in dotted lines, and' the showing of the device being I analogous in disposition to that. of Fig. l,
Figure 1- is a cross-sectional view taken in a plane along the line4 4l of Fig. 1; Figure 5 isa fragmentary cross-sectional view on the line 5 of Fig. 1; Figure 6 is a plan "View of a cut blank for a slightly modified form of the end bar supports, for the collar gap spanning spring connection,which may in fact be the preferred. form in so far as economical manufacture is concerned; and Figure 7 is an edge view of the blank shown at Fig. 6, but with two partially sheared sion.
projecting members bent rearwardly to provide a loop for receiving an endof the.
Referring first to Figures 1 to 5, inclusive, a pair of elongated supporting end members, which preferably are in the form of thin and narrow bars or plates, are connected together by flexible means of tensile elasticity, as for instance by a flattened coil s ring, which provides for a freedom of exing in all directions under suitable ten- It is to be particularly noted that these end bars, members or supports, in reality comprise relatively rigid elongated stays per se, although flexibly mounted by the connecting means, and are projectedlaterally at both ends substantially beyond said flexible connecting means, or flattened-coil spring, preferably in substantially the same plane thereof, being provided with means i for attachment to the inside faces of the wings of thecollar, to be disposed or extended adjacently of the end edges thereof,
and substantially parallel thereto,. all of which will more fully hereinafter appear. For the purpose ofclearly distinguishing the front and back of the device, the front the numeral 7 while their rear faces'are designated at 7 and these inwardly pjrojecting spurs or impinging teeth are bent to also slightly project forwardly; of the front faces -6 of the *end bars, or at'least-this would appear tojbe preferable. In the drawings I have shown one of these teeth at each extremity of the end bars and lat erally projecting inwardly at right angles thereto, which from'my .priorexperimentations I- prefer to do,-but it is to be emphatically understood that I do not wish to impose any such limitations on-my improvements, as it. is obvious that more than a pair ofimpinging teeth could be employed if desired, and furthermore they Inight be disposed otherwise than laterally of the inner edge face of the end bar.
While it might be feasible and, practical in some instances to mount the spring element centrally or even towards the lower ends of the end bars, this would in most instances be objectionable as a part ofthe'device would doubtless 'bevexposed, and. show under the tie knot, and this would be especially trueif a bow tie, was being worn. I therefore prefer to mount'the spring-element a slight distance above thecenterof the end bar supports or more towards-their upper ends as illustrated.
The ends of the flattened .coil spring element, when employed instead of other equivalent flexible connecting means, may be mounted by and attached to the end bar supports in any suitable or preferred way, and in Figures 1 to 5 I have shown the end bars as providing a depression by offsetting a portion of the bar as indicated at 9 to form a recess 10 in the front face of each end bar, to snugly seat its complementary spring end with the front face 8 of the latter substantially flush with the plane of the front face 6 of the end bar, it being also observed that the inner edge of the end bars provide a slight projection or seating web indicated at 11, and it being understood that the spring ends are attached to their complementary end bar supports in any suitable way.
In the form of'end bar shown at Figs. 6 and 7, the-front face thereof is designated at 16 and its rear face at 16, while 17 and 17 respectively indicate the front and back faces of the triangular impinging teeth.
In this form, however, the seating web section-or zone 18, correspondingto the inwardly projecting lateral web 11 of the other figures, is of-slightly different formation and embodies a pair of oppositely projected sec- .tions or tongues or strips 20, normally disposed longitudinally in the plane of the main body portion. but partially sheared or separated therefrom bythe-slits21, which tongue strips or. extensions 20 are adapted to be bent finally to form a rearwardly projected loop for snugly encompassing a complementary spring end ,of the'connection 8- -8' with the forward face of the latter lying substantially/flush with the front face 16 of thewend bars, all of which will be clearly apparent and fully understood without the specific illustration of the coil spring in these views.
Topermit of theptongues 20 being bent more. accurately, it may be preferable to further provide an integral lateral lip or short extension 19, which forms a continuation of the web 18 between the inner ends of the slits 21, and if desired this lip ,ex
tension 19 may bebent rearwardly for insertion between the coils of the adjacent spring end, so that when the tongues 20 are bent or wrapped rearwardly over the spring ends the lip extensions 19 would further function as cooperatinglocking lugs to -more positively secure the spring ends against displacement.
At all events it will be observed that, in
both forms of the device, the elongated end the flexible connecting means therebetween.
Referring now to the application of the improved device to a soft collar as specifically illustrated at Figure 3, wherein the collar ends or wings are indicated at 12, the neckband of a tie at 13 and the tie-knotat 14, it will be observed that one end bar is affixed to the inside face of one of the collar wings 12 by means of the impinging teeth while the other end bar is likewise affixed to the inside face of the other collar wing with the coiled spring slightly distended and snugly supporting or backing the rear of the tie-knot to slightly hold the latter forwardly in proper disposition against sagging. Furthermore, it will be observed that the elongated end bars serve not only as a support for smoothly holding the collar wings against sagging or wrinkling but also the coiled spring exerts a slight but uniform pull on the end bars towards each other, and thus maintains a uniform space across the gap between the edges of'the collar wings without pulling the tips thereof inwardly underneath the tie-knot, or in other words by the employment of my improved attachment a soft collar is held in the same proper position with reference to the ends of its wings as would be the proper fitting of a highly starched or stiff collar, thus providing for a more dressy appearance. It may be further stated that the impinging pins are not passed through the front layer of the soft collar but only through the rear layer so that no part of the device is exposed to view.
From all of the foregoing it is believed that the great utility and complete advantages of the novel article of manufacture will be clearly understood, but while I have thus disclosed certain specific embodiments of the improvements it will be understood that I do not wish to unnecessarily limit myself to all of the details as disclosed, excepting as they may come within the terms of the ensuing claims or a fair interpretation thereof in the light of the specification if necessary, as it is obvious that minor alterations might be made without departing from the gist of the invention. For instance, while it would appear to be more satisfactory to stamp the end bars out of thin metal with the impinging pins integral therewith, it might be feasible to accomplish the desired ends by,
other equivalent means, but for practical commercial manufacture it is believed that the forms actually illustrated would be preferable.
What I do claim as new and patentable 1s 1. In attachments for soft collars, a holding device for the wings of the latter embodying a pair of stiffened elongated end supports which provide means for detachably securing same to said wings adjacent the end edges thereof, and flexible means of tensile elasticity connecting said end supports in laterally spaced relation, the said elongated end supports being projected laterally at both ends substantially beyond the flexible connecting means therebetween.
2. In attachments for soft collars, a hold ing device for the wings of the'latter embodying a pair of stiffened elongated end supports which provide means for detachably securing same to said wings at the rear face thereof and contiguously of their end edges, and a flexible element connecting said end supports, in laterally spaced relation, at positions towards the upper ends thereof.
3. In attachments for soft collars, a holding device for the wings of the latter embodying a pair of stiflened elongated end supports which provide suitable fastening projections for detachably securing said end supports flatwise of the rear faces of said wings and contiguously of their end edges, and flexible means of tensile elasticity connecting said end supports in laterally spaced relation, the said elongated end supports being projected laterally at both ends substantially beyond the flexible connecting means therebetween.
4-. In attachments for soft collars, a holding device for the wings of the latter embodying a pair of elongated end supports formed of thin metal and which provide integral impinging teeth for detachably securing said end supports flatwise of the rear faces of said wings, and a flexible element connectingsaid end supports in laterally spaced relation, the said elongated end supports being projected laterally at both ends substantially beyond the flexible connecting means therebetween.
5. In attachments for soft collars, a holding device for the wings of the latter embodying a pair of stifl'ened elongated end supports which provide means for detachably securing same to said wings, and a freely flexing coiled flattened spring mounting said end supports in laterally spaced relation, and in substantially the same plane therewith, the said elongated end supports being projected laterally at both ends substantially beyond said flattened coiled spring.
6. In attachments for soft collars, a holding device for the wings of the latter embodying a pair of stiflened elongated end supports which provide means for detachably securing same to said wings, and a freely flexing coiled spring extending between and mounting said end supports, in laterally spaced relation, at positions towards the upper ends thereof.
7. In attachments for soft collars, a holding device for the wings of the latter embodying a pair of stiffened elongated end supports which provide suitable fastening projections for detachably securing said end supports fiatwise of the rear faces of said Wings and contiguously of their end edges, and a freely flexing flattened coiled spring extending between and mounting said end supports in laterally spaced relation, the
said elongated end supports being projected laterally at both ends substantially beyond said flattened coiled spring.
8. In attachments for soft collars, a hold ing device for the wings of the latter embodying a pair of elongated end supports formed of thin metal and which provide integral impinging teeth for detachably securing: said end supports flatwise, to said Wings, and a freely flexing flattened coiled s rin extendin between and mountin 23 C) b said end s'upports'in laterally spaced relation, and insubstantially the same plane therewith, the said elongated end supports being projected laterally at both ends substantially beyond said flattened coiled spring.
In testimony whereof, I affix mysignature. Y