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Publication numberUS1972197 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 4, 1934
Filing dateApr 20, 1932
Priority dateApr 20, 1932
Publication numberUS 1972197 A, US 1972197A, US-A-1972197, US1972197 A, US1972197A
InventorsMccann William J
Original AssigneeMccann William J
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hand protecting device
US 1972197 A
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Sept. 4, 1934. w. J. McCANN HAND PROTECTING DEVICE Filed April 20, 1952 ATTORNEYS INVENTOR Patented Sept. 4, 1934 1391219 15 HAND PQROTIECTING. William J. McCann, Lakewood, Ohio Application April 20;,1932,.Srial No..60'6,419 V 8 Claims;

'I'hisinvention relates to improvements in hand protecting devices such as; are used, for example,

by housewives in grasping the heated handles of cooking utensils andthe like. a 5 The general object of the present invention is the provision of an. improved hand protecting; device of the character described, which device is: simple and inexpensive in construction, convenient to use,-neat and pleasing; appearance and of great durability.

A more'specific object of the present: invention isxthe provision of a hand protecting device of. the character described which comprises an elongated gripping'portion oft preformed inverted U shape in cross section and a pair of elongated protecting side shield portions, one on each side of said gripping portion. The front ends of. said sideshield portionsare connected, prefe'rablysby a detachable connectiomto. the opposite sides of the; front .end' of' said gripping portion; whereby an elongated thumb or finger receiving cavity: is formed along each side of said gripping. portion. Inasmuch as the rear ends'ofsaid side shield portions are free ofconnection to said gripping portion, convenient access to saidcavities: is readily afforded.-

A- further object of the present inventionisithe provision of animproved hand protecting device of the character described, said device, in its preferred embodiment, having its gripping portion maintained in inverted U-shape in cross section by means of an elongated backbone member of corresponding shape in cross section, said member being removably secured in an elongated pocket with which said gripping portion is: provided. Meansispreferably provided for preventing. accidental escape of saidbackbone member, but the removal of said member, when'desired,f such aswhen the device is laundered, can be readily effected. p I A further object of the present invention i's the provision of a. hand protecting device of the character described having simpleandinexpensively 'formed'meansfor enabling the device to 'be readily l'mng upon-arhook, nail or'the like, in such position that it maybeeasily' and conveniently grasped whe'naitsuse is desired. l iirtl ieiobjects" of the present invention arelin part obvious and in part willappear more in detail hereinafter." I s The inventionwill be readily understood? from the following description thereof, reference being had tothe accompanying" drawing in which I isa top plan view of one form of the present device, the viewshowing-said device in its opened out condition; Fig. 2 is a similar view of said device in its condition for use; Fig. 3 is a.

cross sectional view of said device in its condition: for; useg-theview'being on the line 3-3-,-Fig. 2; Figni-is a similar view of said device in its opened out; condition;- the viewbeing on the line 44, Fig. I; Fig, 5 isv a; top plan view of asIightly modifiedform of the present devicethe view showing said device in. its opened out condition; andFig. 6 is a sideelevation of said modified form of the present device. 1 l

Referringfirst to'the, form of the deviceshown; Figs; 1 to- 4 inclusive, ,it'will be" seen thatsaid device; in plan view, is of generally rectangular shape when in its opened out condition- Preferably; said device comprisesa lower layer of fabric 1",; an=upperlayer of fabric 2 and suitable padding 3 therebetween, said-padding being of cotton batting, shaker flannel or other suitable material of suchcharacter and/or of suchthickness as to be heat resisting to a greater or; lesser degree. The front andzrear edgesfiiand 6, respectively, and the side edges: 7 of the present'device are suitably bound by' cloth tape 9 01" the like, securedto said layers and said padding by suitable stitching 10. Pref erably, andasshown, the upperandjlower layers 1- and12i are: connectedby suitable stitching 11, so that the'device: is of generally quilt construction, as willbe':readily'understood'. a Secured to the: upper'fabric layer 2,;at substantially therniddle thereof and extending from substantially' the front edge 5' to'substantially the rear edge 6,Iis a cloth strip: 12; the: side-edgeslB of WhichLare preferably stitched at 14 or otherwise suitably secured: to said upperiabric layer. The: front edge" l6v of said stripis also secured to said upper fabric layer, preferably by the stitch ing 10 which secures the: binding tape 9-inplace; The: strip l2r'is so secured to said: upper fabric layer 2 that some transverse fullness is provided, wherebyapocketsm'is formed-between saidstrip and said .upperlayer; This pocket? is adapted to removabl'y receivel an elongated backbone. member 2050f preformed U-sha'pe in crosssection, said member'being of rubber, felt composition or other suitable material that can be given the preformed shape? just mentioned. The length of said backbone member is slightly less than that of the-pocket 18 and in order'toprevent accidental escape of said member from said pocket, the mouth of said: pocket is; preferably restricted, such as by the stitching 2'2. Therefore,:in order to insert the backbone member 20 into the pocket? 18', and also, to remove it therefrom, the transverse arching or'curvature of said'member constitute the side walls 25 of the gripping por-Q.

tion and when the device is in its condition for use, as in Fig. 2, for example, said gripping 'por-" tion side walls are more or less vertically disposed, thereby giving the entire gripping portion an inverted U-shape in cross section, as'bes' shown in Fig. 3.

The two side marginal sections of the tions 28 thereof. These side shield portions, particularly the front end parts thereof; are adapted to extend more or less vertically'when the present device is in its condition for use; as in'Fig. 2, for example. Therefore, when the'device is in such condition, an elongated cavity 32 is formed along each side of the gripping portion, each of said cavities having for its inner side a side wall 25 of the gripping portion and having for its outer side a side shield portion 28. One of the cavities 32 is for a thumb of the hand of the person using the device and the other of said cavities for the fingers of said handyas will be readily understood.

Fig. l of the accompanying drawing shows the above described form of the preesnt device in its opened out condition. In such condition, it is substantially flat, the middlepart of the gripping portion thereof having a slight upward curvature in cross section because of its correspondingly curved backbone member 20. Therefore, during quantity shipment or storage, the present devices should preferably remain in their opened out condition, inasmuch as maximum compactness is obtained thereby.

In order to enable the present'device to bearranged in its condition for use, as in Fig. 2, for example, means is provided for effecting connection of the front end of each of the side shield portions 28 tothe front end of the adjacent side Wall 25 of the gripping portion. Such connection is preferably of detachable character, in order to enable the present device to be readily changed from its opened out condition to its condition for use, and vice versa. In the form of the device shown. in'Figs. l to 4 inclusive, detachable connection of the side shield portions 28 to the side walls 25 of the gripping'portion is effected by snap fasteners, the front ends of said side shield portions being each provided with a stud member 35 and the front end of each of said gripping portion side walls being provided with a cooperating socket member 36. In this form of thepresent'device, the connectingmembers 35, 36 are arranged in substantially a straight line along the front edge 5 thereof, the stud members 35 being located adjacent the side edges 7 and the socket members 36 being located adjacent the strip 12.

The rear ends of'the side shield portions 28, being free of'connection to the gripping portion, lie in spaced relation thereto, as clearly shown in Fig. 2. Convenient access to the cavities 32 is therefore always afforded and proper-gripping veniently receive a hook; nail or the like.

present device constitute the protecting side shield por-' such a preformed shape.

of the present device in position for use, is as a result easily and conveniently accomplished.

In order to enable the present device to be quickly and easily hung upon a hook, nail or the like, the rear end of the backbone member 20 is provided with a longitudinally disposed extension in the form of an ear 40, said ear being provided with an aperture 41 of such size as to con- In such suspended position,the present device is always available for use.

The form of the present device illustrated in Figs. 5 and 6 of the accompanying drawing differs but slightly from the foregoing described form of the device illustrated in Figs. 1 to 4 inclusive of said drawing. 'In the modified form of Figs. 5.

and 6 buttons 3 6a and cooperating button holes 3511 are used to detachably connect the protecting side shield portions 28a to the side walls 25a of the gripping portion, rather than snap fasteners as'in said previously described form." Furthermore, in said modified'form, the fastening means ofthe side shield portions 28a, that is, the button holes 35a in the embodiment illustrated, are not in a straight line with their cooperating fastening means, to wit, the buttons 36a, but are offset rearwardly therefrom. The result of'such rearward offsetting is theraising of the rear ends of the side shield portions 28a, asishown in Fig.6 and as will be readily understood.

Preferably, and as shown, in the modified form of the device illustrated in Figs. '5 and 6, the front edges 5a of the side shield portions 2811' are inclined slightly rearwardly relative to the front edge5b of the gripping portion. Thiscauses the button holes 35a to be located adjacent said front edges 5a, rather than rearwardly therefrom.

Although in each of the two here illustrated forms of the present device I have shown a grippingportion which is maintainedin an inverted U-shape in cross section by a-correspondingly shaped fbackbone member, and'in the preferred forms of my invention I prefer to; use such a member, itis to be understood that other means may be employedto maintain the gripping portion in For example, the parts forming the gripping portion, namely, those portions of the lower and upper fabric layers 1 and 2 and the padding 3 therebetween, may be so stitched together as to give them sucha preformed shape. Likewise, other changes may be madeI-in'v the present device without departing from either the scope or the spirit of this 11nvention.

. -As will be readily understood,.the construction of the side walls of the gripping portion and the side shield portions is such, due partly to the quilt-like stitching 11, that said portions have sufiicient rigidity to more or less hold their positions but ample flexibility to enable a heated cooking utensil handle to. be easily and firmly grasped. a I

, What I claim is: I

1. A handprotecting device of the;character described,- comprising an elongated gripping portion, and apair of elongated protecting side shield portions, one on each side of said gripping portion, the front end part of each'of said shield portions being detachably connected to the front end part of said gripping portion and the rear end parts of said-shield portions being free 0 connection to said gripping portion.

2. A hand protecting device of the character described, comprising an elongated flexible gripping portion, a pair of elongated flexible protecting side shield portions, one on each side of said gripping portion, the front end part of each of said shield portions being connected to the front end part of said gripping portion and the rear end parts of said shield portions being free of connection to said gripping portion, and removable means for giving said gripping portion a preformed inverted U-shape.

3. A hand protecting device of the character described, comprising an elongated flexible gripping portion having an elongated pocket, a pair of elongated flexible protecting side shield portions, one on each side of said gripping portion, the front end part of each of said shield portions being connected to the front end part of said gripping portion, the front end part of each of said shield portions being connected to the front end part of said gripping portion and the rear end parts of said shield portions being free of connection to said gripping portion, and removable means in the pocket of said gripping portion for giving said portion a preformed inverted U- shape.

4. A hand protecting device of the character described, comprising an elongated flexible gripping portion having an elongated pocket, a pair of elongated flexible protecting side shield portions, one on each side of said gripping portion, the front end part of each of said shield portions being connected to the front end part of said gripping portion, the front end part of each of said shield portions being connected to the front end part of said gripping portion and the rear end parts of said shield portions being free of connection to said gripping portion, an elongated member of preformed inverted U-shape arranged in the pocket of said gripping portion for giving said portion a corresponding preformed inverted U-shape, and means for preventing accidental escape of said member from said pocket.

5. A hand protecting device of the character described, comprising an elongated flexible gripping portion having an elongated pocket, a pair of elongated flexible protecting side shield portions, one on each side of said gripping portion, the front end part of each of said shield portions being connected to the front end part of said gripping portion, the front end part of each of said shield portions being connected to the front end part of said gripping portion and therear end parts of said shield portions being free of connection to said gripping portion, and an elongated member of preformed inverted U-shape arranged in the pocket of said gripping portion for giving said portion a corresponding preformed inverted U-shape, said elongated member being provided at one end with an extension having an aperture therein for enabling the device to be hung upon a hook or the like.

6. A hand protecting device of the character described, comprising a generally rectangular flexible structure, the side portions of which constitute protecting shield portions and the middle portion of which constitutes a gripping portion, said gripping portion being provided with a pocket arranged at substantially the middle of said structure and extending from the front end thereof to the rear end thereof, a member of preformed inverted U-shape in cross section arranged in said pocket and having a length corresponding to that of said pocket, whereby said gripping portion is given by said member a corresponding preformed inverted U-shape, and means for connecting the outer front corners of said shield portions to said gripping portion adjacent the front end thereof, whereby an elongated pocket is formed along each side of said gripping portion. 7

"7. A hand protecting device of the character described, comprising an elongated gripping portion and a pair of elongated protecting side shield portions, one on each side of said gripping portion, and means for detachably connecting the front ends of said shield portions to the front end of said gripping portion, said means comprising fastening parts on the front ends of said shield portions and cooperating fastening parts on the front end of said gripping portion, the fastening parts on the front ends of said side shield portions being offset rearwardly from the fastening parts on said gripping portion when said side shield portions are free of connection to said gripping portions.

8. A hand protecting device of the character described, comprising an elongated gripping portion, a pair of elongated protecting side shield portions, one on each side of said gripping portion, and means for detachably connecting the front ends of said shield portions to the front end of said gripping portion, said means comprising fastening parts on the front ends of said shield portions and cooperating fastening parts on the front end of said gripping portion, the front edges of said shield portions being inclined rearwardly relative to the front edge of said gripping portion when said shield portions are free of connection to said gripping portion.

WILLIAM J. McCANN.

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US3002192 *Jan 13, 1959Oct 3, 1961Stanley N BrowerArcher's arm guard
US5088174 *Feb 11, 1991Feb 18, 1992Hull Harold LForcible entry tool
US7526814 *Jul 31, 2006May 5, 2009Silver Scott HPot holder/mitt
Classifications
U.S. Classification2/20, D29/119
International ClassificationA41D13/08, A41D13/05
Cooperative ClassificationA41D13/081
European ClassificationA41D13/08B