US 1547179 A
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July 28, 1925.
C. L. MARTENS WASH MITTEN FiledJan.
Patented July 28, 1925.
UNITED STATES CONRAD L. KAB'IENS, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
Application filed January 9, 1924. Serial No. 685,124.
T 0 all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, CONRAD L. MAR'I'ENS, a citizen of the United States, residing at Chicago, in the county of Cookand State of Illinois, have invented a certain new and useful Improvement in Wash Mittens, of which the following is a full, clear, concise, and exact description, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification.
This invention relates to improvements in wash mittens.
One object of the invention is the provision of a mitten which may be used as a holder for soap and which will permit positioning of the bar or cake of soap behlnd all portions of the wiping surface as distinguished from mittens having thumb portions which I find provide wiping surfaces behind which a bar or cake of soap inside the mitten cannot be positioned. Non-soaping of these portions from the interior makes soaping of said surfaces from the skin necessary with the result that in use of the device an unsoaped wiping area is being moved over the skin with an accompanying wiping off instead of soaping of the skin as desired. In addition to these objections to an unsoaped surface wiping over the skin with the internally soaped wiping area, free use of the thumb and proper controlling of the position of the bar of soap within the mitten is impaired.
I am aware that thumbless shoe cleaning devices have been provided, but these are non-analogous in that the blacking is never applied to the wiping surface from within, as is the soap in my device. Where applied on the outside as is necessary in such devices, application may as readily be made to a thumb portion as to the palm or any other portion of the device and there is no bar of soap to be ositioned about the interior when the devlce is in place on the .hand.
Another object is the provision of a was mitten for use as a wash cloth, which will be soft and non-irritable to the skin and which will at the same time frictionally engage the skin sufliciently toloosen and remove foreign matter such as dirt, grease, ink or the like.
Another object is the provision of a single mitten which is operable equally as well on either hand.
Another ob'ect is to provide common eans preferably in the form of an elastic wrist band for holding. the mitten snugl h the other half a upon the hand and for preventing escape of the soap from inside themitten when in use therein, the mitten being at the same time conveniently removable from the hand and the soap being conveniently removable from the mitten when desired.
Another object is to avoid sha ing of the mitten itself for holding it in place on the hand and for holding the soap in place in the mitten.
Another object is the provision of a mitten which will be held snugly in place on difierent size hands and in which the soap will be' held against escape equally as well on a hand of one size as on a hand of another size.
Another object is the provision'of a simple and inexpensive mitten that may be simply and inexpensively made.
The invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings in which,
Figure 1 is a view of the piece of material from which the mitten is made;
Figs. 2 and 3 show successive steps in finishing the mitten; v
Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the finished mitten on the hand with a portion of the mitten broken away to show the arrangement of the soap inside; and
Fig. 5 is an enlarged detail section on line 5-5 of Fig. 4. V y
In the drawings 5 designates the piece of cloth from which the mitten is made. It is preferably Turkish toweling material comprising tufted or pile fabric and comprises two halves 6 and 7 the outer ends of which are similarly rounded or curved at 8 and 9 to conform to the general contour of the outer ends of the fingers of the hand. The piece of material 5 has a straight continuous wrist edge 10 and side edges 11 and 12 substantially straight and parallel with each other and substantially normal to edge 10.
One half of iece 5-is folded back upon long a line of fold 14 between and substantially arallel to edges Hand 12 and the two halires are stitched together at 15 along side edges 11 and 12, outer edges 8 and 9 and line of fold 14 except for a small unsti-tched portion along edges 11 and 12 which provides a thumb opening 16. The mitten is then turned inside out and stitched again along dotted lines 17 to give strength and appearance, tape or other suitable finishing material 18 having been stitched along the thumb opening 16 to finish sameand pretate the entering of the hand into the mit for washing or bathing purposes, and will also deflect the soapy water outward at the wrist and prevent the same running down or up the arm, or reaching the sleeve of a arment, when so used. Band 21 also holds the bar or cake of soap 23 in place within the mitten, the soap being inserted and removed through the wrist opening as desired- The stitching 17 extends from the thumb opening 16 on one side around and down to wrist portion 22 on the other side, the opposite edges of the wrist portion of the mitten being closed by stitching 15 only. A loop or strap 25 is preferably secured to and extends from the wrist edge of the mitten for hanging same up when not in use. Elastic band 21 causes a gathering of the material about the wrist to hold the wrist portion snugly thereabout and the elasticity of said band permits convenient insertion of the hand into and removal from the mitten and convenient insertion and removal of the soap with the mitten in place on the hand although the soap may be inserted before the hand if desired.
Formation of the entire mitten of Turkish toweling material and the thumb opening and finger receiving arrangement permits use of the mitten equally as well on either hand with side 6 or 7 providing a wiping surface which will be soft and non irritable to the skin and which will at the same time frictionally engage the skin sufficiently to loosen and remove foreign matter therefrom and the entire mitten will absorb suflicient Water for washing or bathing purposes. The parallel arrangement of edges 11 and 12 minimizes the amount of material wasted in cutting the mitten and this with the elastic band .arrangement makes shaping of the mitten in cutting unnecessary. The thumb is free for use when the mitten is in place and the cake or bar of soap may be positioned behind the entire wiping surface of each side of the mitten as distinguished from mittens having thumb portions which prevent positioning of the soap behind the entire wiping surface.
A wash mitten comprising a single piece of material having a pile fabric and comprising two halves provided with side edges, a common wrist edge and convex ends, the side edges being substantially parallel to each other and substantially normal to the Wrist edge and said convex ends conforming to the general contour of the outer ends of the fingers, said piece of material being folded upon itself on a line of fold substantially centrally between and parallel with said side edges, the outer ends and side edges being stitched tofgether and the adjacent portions thereof olded over the seam and again stitched together inwardly of said first stitching thus enclosing the free outer and side edges of the fabric, said first stitching being interrupted along the side edges of the thumb opening through which the thumb is adapted to project when the mitten is placed upon the hand, and said last stitching terminating short of the thumb opening and wrist edge,
In witness whereof, I hereunto subscribe my name this 4th day of January, 1924.
CONRAD L. MAR-TENS.