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Dec. 13, 1938. D. M. KESSLER HAND PROTECTOR Filed May 20, 1936 /700719 .l essZef M Patented Dec. 13, 1938 HAND PROTECTOR Dorothy Moore Kesslcr, Chicago, Ill., assignor to.
Mary Redfield, Chicago, Ill.
Application May 20, 1936, Serial No. 80,778
My invention relates to the general class of baby mittens and more particularly to a device for preventing babies from sucking their thumbs or fingers.
' One of the objects of the invention is to pro- A further object is to provide an attractive device of the kind described which at all times may be kept clean and sanitary, and which when made in the proper sizes -may be used as a surgical mitten for children or adults.
To this end my invention consists in the novel construction, arrangement and combination of parts herein shown and described and more particularly pointed out in the claims.
In the drawing, wherein like reference characters denote like or corresponding parts:
Fig. 1 is an elevational view of the mitten positioned on the infants hand; I
Fig. 2 is an elevational view of the mitten disclosing the details thereof;
Fig. 3 is a sectional view taken on the line 3-3 of Fig. l; and
Fig. 4 is a sectional view taken on the line 8-6 of Fi 2.
Referring to the drawing, the mitten comprises a fabric palm section 8 and a back section 2, preferably of an oiled or otherwise treated silk or other light, water-proof or moisture resisting material, said sections being shown stitched together along the edges 3, 4, 5 and 9 to form a pocket or pouch. Obviously, the pouch could be constructed in one piece by folding the material along one of the edges and stitching, cementing or otherwise securing the other edges to form the pocket. The latter is divided into a fingerreceiving portion and a thumb-receiving portion 7 by the parallel seams 8. The edge 9 adjacent the thumb tip is cut on the diagonal as shown in Fig. 2 or rounded, thus eliminating the sharp corner that would otherwise be formed by the edges 3 and 5 which would tend to make the thumb portion bulky and clumsy. A stiffening member ID- of celluloid or other suitable material may be inserted between the seams 8 to assist in'retaining the shape and also to beter' pre- 7 vent the baby from putting its thumb in its mouth. In some instances additional reinforce- .ments may be employed, or the material itself may be folded or tucked to stifien the same- As this part of the deviceis of a water-proof material, eyelets H are provided to allow the air 5 to enter and ventilate the mitten. Sewed eyelets are preferred to metal eyelets- A wrist section l2 of net or other light weight flexible material is attached to the open edges I 3 of the pocket formed by the sections 1 and 10 2 as described, the edge M of the net being turned under as shown (Fig. 4) to reenforce the scam, the opposite edge of the wrist section being folded in as shown at l5 and stitched back on itself at E6 and also at I! to form a casing for the 15 ribbon or tape H3. The ends IQ of the wrist section are turned in to avoid having ragged and unsightly edges.
In use a mitten of the proper size is slipped over the babys hand, the fingers entering the '0 portion 6 and the thumb the portion 1 after which the net wrist section 12 is drawn together about the wrist of the baby and the ends of the tape tied to maintain the device on the babys hand.
In this construction, a light and airy mitten is 25 formed which will efiectively prevent the baby from putting its finger or thumbs in its mouth but which will not annoy or disturb the baby as would be the case with a heavier device.
The child may use the hands without being 30 handicapped, since the light, flexible, comfortable device herein shown and described does not in any way interfere with the handling of its toys, utensils or various objects. These may be grasped as freely as if the hands and fingers 35 were uncovered, thereby permitting the normal growth of the child.
Due to its fabric construction, which is preferred to rubber, the mitten can be readily washed and cleaned so that it may be main- 40 tained in a sanitary condition at all times.
The mitten also prevents the child picking on or scratching its face or ears, or picking the same, or accidentally sticking a finger in an eye, or putting the finger in the nose. Likewise it 45 may be used to advantage where there is skin disease, to prevent the spread of the same by the hands, or to enclose hand or finger bandages. Being ventilated, it is cool and comfortable. As previously mentioned, it is very satisfactory for 50 use in surgical cases, to enclose the hand and maintaindressings in place without the use of tape or tight wrappings.
Having thus described my invention, it is obvious that various immaterial modifications may 55 .be made in the same without departing from the spirit of my invention; hence I do not wish to be understood as limiting myself to the exact form, construction, material, arrangement and combination of parts herein shown and described,
or uses mentioned.
What I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
l; A mitten comprising a substantially flat m hand-receiving pocket of flexible moisture resisting fabric, a wrist section of light, nonwaterproof material attached thereto, and a tape running through said wrist portion adapted to secure the latter when in use.
2. A baby mitten comprising a moisture proofed fingers, comprising a fabric palm section and a fabric back section stitched together along all of their corresponding edges but one, to form a pocket, said pocket being divided into a fingerreceiving portion and a smaller thumb-receiving portion, a wrist section of lighter material having one edge thereof attached to the free edges of said pocket and having the opposite edge of said section folded back upon itself to form a casing and a tape running through said casing for drawing said wrist section together.
4. A baby mitten comprising a fabric palm section and a fabric back section stitched together along all of their corresponding edges but one, to form a pocket, said pocket being divided by parallel rows of stitching into a finger-receiving portion and a smaller thumb-receiving portion, a stiffening member arranged between said rows of stitching, a wrist section of lighter material attached to the free edges of said pocket, and a tape running through said wrist section for securing the latter to the hand.
DOROTHY MOORE KESSLER.