US 1716537 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
June 11, 1929.
P. F. ACOCELLA HAT PROTECTOR Filed Aug. 7, 1928 INVENTOR. j I P0740 A" 4coce//a m m eas.
PHILIP r. AcecnLLa, or 'nneonnrn, nnvfronn.
Applieation filed August 7, was. Sear no. 29?,921;
This invention is a hat protector adapted more particularly for the protection of straw hats against rain. I
The object of the invention is to provide a nov 1, iinxpcnsive construction that may be carried in an envelope in a pocket and may, in the event of rain, be withdrawn, unfolded and used as a covering 1 01 a hat.
ln its preferred, practical form, the protector of this invention is made from wax paper and is in the term of a bag. One side of the bag is provided with an opening so that when the hat is placed in the bag through the open end thereof, the side opening will register with the head opening of a hat crown. That side of the bag which is provided with the opening is shaped to substantially conform with the under side of the brim, while the other side is made more full so as to permit the crown ol the hat to enter the bag and this latter side is provided with a flap which, after the hat is in the bag, is adapted to be bent over the under side of the crown and tucked into the interior of such crown through the opening in the other side of the bag. A tab may be provided on the flap to be tucked behind the sweatband of the hat in order to lock the flap against unfolding. v
The construction is unusually simple and is thoroughly ei'licient for carrying out its intended purposes. It is neat in appearance and embodies minimum material whereby it is adapted to bevfolded into small compact dimensions and placed in an envelope to be carried in the pocket. I call particular attention to the factthat one side of the bag is adapted to lay flat against the under side of the crown and is provided with the head opening, while the other side of the bag is made more full to permit the crown to be inserted in the hat. This is a highly novel construction and obviates the necessity of providing extraneous means to hold the protector in position on a hat and also renders the structure readily conformable to the general contour of the hat without tucking bulky materials into the hat crown.
Features of the invention, other than those specified, will be apparent from the hereinafter detailed description and claims, when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
The accompanying drawing illustrates one practical embodiment of the invention, but the construction therein shown is to be understood as illustrative, only, and not as defining the limits of the invention.
Figure 1 is a perspective View looking at the under side of theprotector embodying this invention.
Figures 2 and 3 are section. perspectives taken respectively on the lines 22 and 3 of Figure 1. I
Figure 1- a view corresponding to Figure 3,'but showing the protector in position on a hat and ready tor-wear.
The protector of the present invention has the general appearance of a bag embodying sidewalls 1 and 2. The side wall '1 is substantially circular to conform to the shape of the contour ol the brim of the hat :0
and is provided atits center with a head opening 3 adapted to register with the head opening in 'the crown of the hat. m designates the usual sweatband of the hat.
The other side 2 of the bag is made more full than the side 1 so that it tends to bulge as shown in Figure 2 when the side 1 is in flat condition. The side 2 is, moreover, provided at the open side of the bag with a flap 4,- which may be provided at its extremity with a tab 5. The flap is of su'liicient eX- tent so that when a hat is positioned in the bag as shown in Figure 8, the flap 4: may be thereupon folded up as indicated by the arrow in this figure in order to serve as a closure for the open end of the bag, the flap extending over a portion of the under side of the brim and into the crown of the hat. The tab 5 may be tucked behind the sweatband 00 to secure the flap in closed position, as indicated in Figure 4. V
In practice, the hat is so positioned in the bag as to bring the flap and tab at the back of the hat so that when the hat with the protector installed thereon is put on the head, the pressure of the hat against the head will tightly clamp the flap in position so that it cannot possibly become inadvertently displaced. It is characteristic of the protector of this invention that it can not only be used in the manner specified, but that it can be used by ladies wearing turbans or other small hats by wearing the protector in a somewhat different way.
In this latter case, the protector may be put on by drawing it over the head in such manner that the head will enter the open end of the hat with the opening 3 juxtaposed with the face of the wearer and the flap a hanging down over the back of the neck and shoulders. The present invention,
therefore, applies to the structure and it can be used in any particular manner for the protection of headgear. Furthermore, while the accompanying drawings show the invention in its preferred practical form, the invention is to be understood as fully commensurate with the appended claims.
Having thus fully described the invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is 1. A hat protector substantially in the form of a bag having top and bottom walls and open at one end, the bottom wall having a substantially centrally located opening spaced from and independent of the end opening and shaped and proportioned to register with the opening in the crown of the hat when the hat is inserted into the bag, the open end of the top wall of the bag being extended beyond the correspond. 1 ing end of the bottom wall to form a flap of suflicient length to be folded over a portion of the exterior surface of the bottom wall and folded intothe crown of the hat through the head opening-in the bottom wall.
A hat protector substantially in the form of a having top and bottom walls and open at one end, the bottom wall hav ing a substantially centrally located opening spaced from and independent of the end opening and shaped and proportioned to register with the opening in the crown of the hat when the hat is inserted into the bag, the open end of the top wall of the bag being extended beyond the corresponding end of the bottom wall to form a flap of sufficient length to be folded over a portion of the exterior surface of the bottom wall and folded into-the crown of the hat through the head opening in the bottom wall, said flap being provided at its free end with a tab of sufficient length to be folded behind the sweatband of the hat.
In testimony whereof I have signed the foregoing specification.
PHILIP F. AGOCELLA.