US 1706224 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
March 19, 1929.
M. FOOTE LAP ROBE Filed March 1'7, 1928 R m m m Bel ZMi'ZZerFboTc,
Patented Mar. 19, 1929.
UNITED STATES BEIGH MILLER FOOTE, OF MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN.
Application filed March 17. 1928.
This invention relates to lap robes designed primarily to keep the lower llmbs of the body warm while the wearer 1S operating an automobile, but itis to be understood that a lap robe in accordance with this invention may be employed for any purpose wherein it is found applicable, and the invention has for its object to provide in a manner as hereinafter set forth, a robe for covering the lower limbs without materially hindering the free use of the feet.
Another object of the invention is to provide in a manner as hereinafter set forth, a hinge structure at the knees of the wearer which will allow movementof the limbs without pulling the robe from its position, and to further provide a warm covering without adding cumbersome bulk to the limited seating space.
Further objects of the invention are to provide in a manner as hereinafter set forth, a lap robe which is simple in its construction and arrangement, strong, durable, warm anc thoroughly efficient for its intended purposes, inexpensive to manufacture and may be quickly and easily positioned about the limbs of the wearer.
With the foregoing and other objects in View the invention consists of the novel construction, combination and arrangement of parts, as hereinafter more specifically described and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein is shown an embodiment of the invention, but it is to be understood that changes, variations and modifications may be resorted to which fall within the scope of the invention as claimed.
In the drawings wherein like reference characters denote corresponding parts throughout the several views Figure 1 is a perspective View of the robe partly folded with respect to the limbs of the wearer, and with the limbs indicated in dotted lines.
Figure 2 is a top plan view.
A lap robe in accordance with this invention is adapted to be wrapped about the lower limbs of the wearer, extending from slightly above the waist line to the instep. This aforementioned distance will be hereafter referred to as the width of the robe. The other dimension, hereafter termed the length of the robe will be the distance across the front of the wearer when in seated position, plus aconsiderable lap folded under the limbs. The fold or lap should be sufli- Serial No. 262,359.
ci at to anchor the robe in position by the weight of the body resting upon the under folded portion. The robe is made of single or double ply, cotton, wool or other suitable mutable, plastic material incapable of sustaining its shape without an independentsupport and of any desired thickness and is in general of rectangular shaped contour, having the length thereof slightly greater than the width. It is pointed out that the dimensions of the robe may be changed to adapt it to the bodies of various sizes and shapes, but the configuration of the robe will r main the same, varying only in proportion to the change in dimensions.
Referring to the drawings in detail, a seat of the motor vehicle is designated generally at 3. The lower portion of the body, resting upon the seat 3 is indicated at 4, with the two feet of the wearer indicated at 5, projecting from the bottom edge of the robe.
The robe designated generally at 6, is transversely divided into upper, lower and coupling parts 7, 8 and 9. The upper part is designated at 7 the lower part at S and the coupling part at 9.
The coupling part 9 is in the line of division between the upper part 7 and the lower part 8 and connects said parts together. The coupling part 9 also acts as a hinge member between the upper and lower parts 7 and 8 because it is located in proximity of the knee of the wearer. The divisional, coupling or hinged part 9 is in line with and terminates at the opposite sides in the wedge shaped incision or slit 10, 10, having edges 11, 11 and 12, 12 diverging inwardly from the side edges 13, 13 and 1%, 1a to the vertices 15, 15. The opposite vertices 15, 15 are the side extremities of the part 9 and are located at a point on the outer side of the knee. It is obvious that the width of the part 9 will be equivalent to the distance across the knees of the wearer, with the addition of enough of a fold to cover the outer side of the knee, when the feet are comfortably spaced apart. The part 9 is of materially less width than the part 7 or 8, due to the fact that the opposite incisions 10, 10 are cut into this portion of the robe.
The upper part 7 is substantially rectangular having rounded upper corners and a straight top edge 16 that wraps around, the wearer just above the waist line. The sides 13, 13 are substantially straight and perpendicularly disposed from the top edge 16.
The bottom of the upper part 7 merges into the part 9 and is also further bound by the upper edges 11, 11' of the incisions 10,10.
The lower part 8 merges at its top, into the coupling part 9 and is also further bound by the bottom edges l2, 12 of the incisions 10, 10. The width of the part 8 is substantially the same as the part 7. The sides 14, 14' extend from the mouth of slits 10, 10 and curve inwardly to the points 17, 17 where the bottom edge 18 meets the sides 14, 1 1". The bottom edge 18 of the lower part 8, beginning at the points 17, 17 forms the concaved bottom side of the robe.
y In using the robe the top edge 16 wrapped over the front of the wearer, and
o the sides 13, 13 aretucked under the limbs from the hip to the knee. The part t'olded under will be the distance from the vertices 15, 15' to the outer edge 13, 13. The lower part 8 then covers the front of the legs from the knee to the instep. The sides 14, 1 1
v are tucked under the calves of the legs and the points 17 17 are located in proximity of the heels of the shoe. The concave bottom edge 18 curves upwardly until it is on a line with the instep so that the feet may be used,
without being bound or hindered, to operate a motor vehicle. p
The incisions 10, 10 being in line with the hinged or coupling part 9 allow the limbs to be flexed at the knee, because the wedge shape slits 10, 10 allowsplay in the robe at the joint without binding or pulling it from its position.
What I claim is 1. A lap robe comprising a one-piece body portion formed of an upper part of a length to overlap the upper portions of the lower limbs of the wearer, a lower part of a length to overlap the lower portions or" the lower limbs ofthe wearer, a coupling portion between and of less length than said other parts, thereby providing said upper and said lower parts with oppositely extending lateral portions and with the lateral portions of said upper part free ofthe lateral portions of the lower part to prevent pulling one of said parts relative to the other when in overlapping position on the wearer;
2. A lap robe Comprising a one-piece body portion formed of an upper part of a' length to overlap the upper portions of the lower limbs of the wearer, a lower part of a length to overlap the lower portions of the lower limbs of the wearer, a coupling portion between and less length than said other parts, thereby providing said upper and said lower parts with oppositely extending lateral portions and with the lateral portions of said upper part free of the lateral portions of the lower part to prevent pulling one of said partsrelative to the other when in overlapping posit-ion on the wearer said lower part having its bottom edge upon a concave curve to prevent binding at the instep.
In testimony whereof, I afiix my signature hereto.
BEIGH M. FOOTE.