US 1649996 A
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J. TQTH SHIELD? Filed Deov l, 1926 l VENTOR l ATTORNEY 45 ground, worn on' the Patented Nov..22, 1927.
' UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
JOHN TOTE, OF JULIET, ILLINOIS.
Application illed December 1, 1926. Serial No. 151,991.
for this purpose which can be readily ar- 5. ranged and effectively supported on the person of the. user and which will not interfere with the free movement of the wearer,
^ permitting him to kneel, lie down or 'charge with alacrity.
A further object is the provislon of a shield that comprises two j members which are centrally hinged together and whlch have theiry outer corners concaved so that the shield when arranged on the wearer will not interfere with his free arm movement,
the said shield being provided with straps arranged whereby the device may be quick.
ly arranged upon the wearer and effectively supported, the said device also including means for setting up the -shield to provide a member which is lV-shaped in plan and for supporting the shield on the ground surface, the shield being centrally provided with a substantially key-hole o ening that 2 5 permits of the passage of the arrel of a firearm therethrough and likewise allows the soldier, when in kneeling or in lying position to observe conditions in front of the Shieid.
A still further object is the provision of a shield for this pu ose whose edges are beveled to serve as de ectors for bullets contacting therewith, the outer face of the shield being composed of layers of tight-l compressed material so that the shock of b'u lets or like' missiles contacting therewith will .be absorbed and not inict injury to the wearer of the shield.
vA further object is the provision of a 40 shield com rising two hingedly connected members o li ht but tou h `material of a strength to e ectively wit stand and prevent the penetration of bulletsfired thereagainst and which ma be set up on the ont of a soldier in a. charge or on the backof a soldierin -a retreat.
To the attainment of the foregoing and other objects which will present themselves` 5o 'as the nature of the invention is better understood, the improvement alsoresides in certain othgr novel features of` construction combmatlon and operatwe association of I Cparte, a satisfactory embodiment of which, is
isclosed by the accompanying drawings.
In the' dra-wings:
Figure 1 is a front elevation of av shield in accordance with this invention.
Figure 2 is a rear elevation thereof.
Figure 3 is a top plan view thereof.
Figurefi is a rear elevation but showing the shield in a position to be carried by the user.
Figure 5 is an enlarged detail sectional view approximately on the line 5--5 of Figure 1.
As disclosed by theydrawings, the shield comprises two substantially rectangular members 1 -'1. These members have their upper outer corners concaved inwardly, as at 2. The confronting ends of the members 1-1 are formed with spaced knuckles 3 designed for engagement and for the reception of suitable pintles whereby the mem: bers 1--1 are hingedly associated.
The shield has its edges, including its concaved portions 2, and its upperends beveled, as at 4, and the central knuckle 3 is formed with a key-hole opening 5.
A The shield is light and of water-proof material. Each of the members 1 preferably includes plates of steel, indicated by the numeral 6. The outer face of this plate has a facing of thin tough, paper 7 which is compressed thereagainst. The steel plate on the inner face of the shield has compressed thereagainst and effectively secured thereto a facing of flax 7', and the outer surface of the flax facing 7 is covered by tough paper 8. A suitable coating of rough ma- 'terlal is given the paper facing 8. The outer steel late has compressed thereagainst a sur ace 10 of flax, the flax in turn being provided with afacing of old cottoning buckles which engage with the straps 13.
In this manner it will be seen that the members comprising the shield may be sustained angularly with respect to each other and easily and quickly arranged on the person of the user. Ina like manner the shield may be easily detached and arra'ngedon the back of the user in cases of retreat.
On the Y' face of the shield and adjacent to the top nd bottom of the respective members 1 there are swingably secured rods 15 `Which have hooked ends to be en aged 1n eyes 16 on the said inner faces ef t e members 1. When the shield is to be carried these rods are received in the said eyes, but the said rods ma Vbe arranged in other eyes 1'( disposed on t e inner faces of the members 1, adjacent to their hinged connection,`
andthe rods are so arranged when the shield is in use. The lower rod may have 'its hooked end embedded in the ground ,when
"the shield is detachedl from the wearer and v arranged on the ground.. In this instance, the soldier can observe conditionsthrou h the sight opening 5u This opening 5 a so ermits of the rece tion of the barrel of a earm therethroug and not only supports the barrel but permits ofthe soldier obtaini in accurate' aim.
y constructing a' shield .as above described'any concussion which would usually result from bullets contacting the shield will be absorbed by the elements constituting the outer faces thereof.; The shield may be conveniently carried by the straps 13 when not in use and may, as stated, be easily posiltioned on or removed from the wearer.
The simplicity of the construction and the advantages thereof will be readily apparent d y to those skilled in theart to which such -invention relates, when the foregoing-descrip ots received `in the knuckles, the central knuckle having a key opening-therethrough and the outer corners of the members being concaved, said members having beveled edges and each of sa1d members comprislng steel plates having laminated compressed facings thereon, which latter are treated to render the same water proof, adjustable straps on the inner lfaces and extending from the diagonal corners of the respective members, rods having hooked ends hingedly secured on the inner face of each member and eyes on the said members for the reception ofIsIaid hooks. h mx testimonyw ereo I a m JOHlIy si ature.- .T TH.'