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Publication numberUS2194934 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 26, 1940
Filing dateJan 6, 1939
Priority dateJan 6, 1939
Publication numberUS 2194934 A, US 2194934A, US-A-2194934, US2194934 A, US2194934A
InventorsWhitcomb Geissmann Gladys
Original AssigneeWhitcomb Geissmann Gladys
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 2194934 A
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March 26, 1940. G. W. YGEISSMANN' 2,194,934

- I GLOVE File d Jan. 6, 1939 INVENTOR.

fllad y Wjzlam 6mm W wx rg s Patented Mar. 26, 1940 UNITED, sT rEs PA ENT OFFICE Gpovn Gladys Whitcomb- Geissmann, New York, N. Application January 6,1939, Serial No. 249,517

' sional effect. The thumb portions of the gloves likewise are of substantially three dimensions and .7 because of the use of the strip conforming to the shape of the thumb and taper of the forefinger that extends from the end of the thumb along the outer edges of the forefinger portion, the thumbs are free of cross seams and are thereby rendered extremely flexible. Inasmuch, however, as the thumb and forefinger strips are elongated and of peculiar shape, they are difiicult to cut and there isa problem of a possible waste of material in their cutting. 1

An object of the present invention is to provide well fitting gloves in which the thumb front is formed integrally with the palm and back portions whereby reduced. v

Another object of the invention is to provide gloves in which the thumb front portions are formed from material that is normally removed to provide an aperture or recess for receiving the thumb back and front.

waste of material is greatly Another object of the invention is to provide" gloves and glove blanks having integral properly shaped or anatomically correct thumbfront tabs, thereby eliminating cross and longitudinally extending seams and at the same time providing a flexible properly fitting and located thumb.

Other objects of the invention will become apparent from'the description of atypical form of glove embodying the invention set forth hereinafter.

Gloves and glove blank embodying the in!- vention are characterized by integral palm, finger, and a reversely curved or generally 8- shaped thumb front portion which is formed in a recess in the palm portion and turns upwardly and across the palm portion when attached to the back portion of the thumb. The back portion of the thumb is connected to the palm portion of the glove along the edges of the recess and the thumb front to form a pocket conforming to the shape and parallel to the axis of the recess.

disposition of the normal human thumb.

More particularly, the glove blank is formed from a single sheet of material, suchas, for example, leather or fabric and is formed, preferably, with the forefinger portions disposed substantially centrally. of the blank and connected by a web of substantial width, that is, slightly less than the thickness of the normal human finger. The palm portion of the blank is. con-- siderably narrower than the back portion because a portion thereof is cut away in order to provide the recess for receiving the thumb back portion. The ,edge of the palm portion is formed on a line extending for the major portion of its length substantially longitudinally of the palm and at its inner end curving ona wide arc to a point substantially in alignment with the axis of the forefinger portion. The edgeof the back portion of the preferred form of glove adjacent the recess is substantially straight and in alignment with the edge of the forefinger portion of the back. Thus the recess is formed principally in the palm portion of the glove and corresponds in, position to the position of the normal human thumb.

The material removed from the glove blank. to form the thumb recess normally is wasted but in gloves. embodying the present invention a'portion of this material is used to form the front of the thumb. The thumb front is an elongated tab joined to the blank at a'zone at the end of.

the curved palm edge, and projects downwardly -into the recess The thumb flap consists of an inner portion inclined at an acute angle across the recess toward the palm portion which merges into a longer portion having a, rounded end that the thumb recess or substantially axially or The thumb back portion may be a separate site longitudinal edges thereof and a tabhaving a rounded end which is joined to the-thumb front portion. .The' points or horns fit into the corners of the recess formed between the edge portions of'the palm and back portion and the thumbfront. When assembled these horns o'r points provide freedom of action of the thumb by the introduction of a sumcient amount .of material to allow the thumbto swing freely in any desired direction.

Gloves of the type described generally aboveis disposed substantially parallel to the edge of blank consisting of a strip of material having pointed portions or horns projecting from oppomay be provided with fourchettes for the middle and little fingers similar to those disclosed in my Patent No. 2,125,673, or those disclosed in disclosed in my copending application and my\ Patent No. 2,125,673 are used for connecting the finger portions, glove blanks embodying the present invention may be provided with a tab projecting from the web between the forefinger portions that can be brought over the ends and joined to the ends of the forefinger portion to maintain them in spaced apart relationship and to give them the third dimensional efiect. The tab may extend downwardly into the crotch between the forefinger and the adjacent finger or it may be a short tab that extends only part way down the side of the forefinger, the fourchette being completed by a short strip extending into the crotch and ,connected to the end of the tab by means of a transverse seam.

Glovesof the type described above may be formed of various types of material such as leather or fabrics and provide a novel appearance because of the fact that various types or colors of materials can be used in combinations for the thumb back or fourchette constructions as may-be desired. The integral thumb construction eliminates transverse seams in the thumb crotch and also eliminates or reduces the number of seams extending longitudinally of the outer edges of the forefinger portions, while at the same time providing a construction which accurately the the thumb and allows great free- 'dom of movement thereof.

For a better understanding of the invention reference may be 'had to the accompanying drawing, in which:

Figure 1 is a plan view of a typical form of glove blank embodying the invention;

Figure 2 is a plan view of a typical form of thumb-back portion to be used .with the'blank I shown in Figure l;

Figure 3 is a perspective view of the glove formed from the blanks shown in Figures 1 and 2 with the thumb portion spread out in order to disclose the details of the thumb front; and

Figure 4 is a perspective view of the glove with the thumb portions shown in its normal position and the forefinger portion bent in order to disclose the manner infwhich the forefinger tab is connected to the fourchette on the forefinger. The form of glove disclosed in Figures 3 and 4 may be formed from a blank of the type disclosed in Figure 1 which consists of a unitary piece of material having a palm portion I and a back portion H. The palm portion III is provided with finger portions l2, l3, l4 and I5 and the back portion I i is provided. with corresponding finger-portions l2, 'l3', l4 and I5. The finger portions l2, l3, l4 and are made slightly longer than the finger portions l2 to I6 inclusive in order to provide room for the fingernails and are separated by a series of slots l6 of greater length than the slots l6 which separate the finger portions l2 to l5 in order to conform to the inclination of the crotches between the fingers. The forefinger portions l2 and I2 are spaced apart by means of a web portion l-I having a tab 11' projecting beyond the ends of the finger portions l2, I2 for a purpose later to be described. A thumb front tab I8 is disposed between the palm. portion In and the back portion II in a recess provided by cutting away portions of the palm and back portion. One edge of the recess is defined by, an edge IE! on the palm portion which is substantially straight from the cuff edge 2|] of the palm portion to adjacent its upper end where it is curved as shown at 2| toward the back portion l l. The edge l9 extends longitudinally of the palm portion and substantially in alignment with the slot 16 between the finger portions l3 and It. The opposite edge of the recess is defined by an edge portion 22 on the back portion I l of the glove which is substantially straight from the cuif edge 23 of the back portion to its upper end, the edge 22 being substantially in alignment with the inside of the finger portion l2. It will be understood that the recess need not extend to the cuff edges and 23 but may be an aperture as shown in dotted lines on the blank. The thumbportion I8 is connected to the palm and back portion along a zone extending from the end of the curved edge 2| to the upper end of the edge 22 or substantially midway between the bases of the forefinger portions 12 and I2. The tab 18 is of reversely curved formation having an upper portion 24 inclined at an acute angle to the axis of the palm portion andcurving into a longer portion 25 that is substantially coaxial with the recess between the edges I0 and 22. The portion 25 terminates in a rounded end 26 substantially the shape of the end of the human thumb. As shown in Figures 1 and 3, the thumb portion I8 is of a dog leg" shape and is so formed that when bent upwardly and across the palm portion as illustrated in Figure 4 provides an inclined crotch corresponding to the taper of the crotch between the thumb and forefinger of the human hand.

The back of the thumb is formed from a blank 21 generally of the type disclosed in Figure 2;

which has a'curved lateral edge portion 28 and an oppositely curved edge portion 29 for providing fullness in the thumb when connected to the edges l9 and 22. At the upper end of the blank proper and has a rounded upper end 3| corresponding generally to the curvature of the end 26 of the thumb front tab I8. The lateral edge 28 terminates in a point 32 or horn which is adapted to fit in the angle between the thumb portion 18 'back portion with its lower edge in alignment with the cuff edges 20 and 23 of the palm and back portions and the lateral edge 29 is stitched to the edge IQ of the palm portion up to its juncture with thumb tab l8. Likewise, the lateraledge 28 of the blank 21 is stitched to the edge 22 of the back portion of the blank and the thumb tab is stitched along its edges to the thumb front tab I8 as shown particularly in Figure 3.

The finger portions l3, l3, ll, l4, l5, liare connected by fourchettes 34 that extend over the ends of the finger in the manner disclosed in my Patent No. 2,125,673, with the finger portions l3, l4, l5 extending outwardly. beyond the finger portions l3, l4 and i5 to provide inclined ends on the fingers. The tab I1 is bent over the ends of the finger portions l2, l2 and stitched thereto as shown in Figure 4 in order to space the ends of the finger portions apartand is joined by a transverse seam 35 to a fourchette strip 36 which 21 is a tab 39 which forms theback of the thumb with the palm and back portions and the other which is stitched in the recess in the palm portion. There are-no seams extending transversely of the thumb front tab l8 and consequentlythere is nothing to bind movement of the thumb. Also,

the shape of the thumb tab I8 is such as to pro-,.

thumb front and thumb back can be modified as r the purpose demands and that the-proportions of these parts may be varied in order to provide a properly fitting glove construction. Therefore,

the above described embodiment of the invention v should'be considered as illustrative and not as limiting the scope of the following claims.


1. A glove blank comprising palm and back portions having'adjacent integrally connected forefinger portions extending therefrom and spaced apart opposed edges on said palm and back portions forming a recess extending. from the cufi edge of said palm and back portions inwardly toward said forefinger portions, the edge on said back portion being. substantially straight throughout the edge on said palm portion being curved at its inner end toward the edge on said back portion and a thumb flap of less width than the width of said recess integral with said palm,

and back portions, said thumb flap including an inner portion having curved opposite lateral edges extending diagonally across said recess from the innerends otthe edges on the palm and back portions and joined by an oppositely curved portion to a portion having a rounded outer end exr tending substantially axially of said recess.

2. An integral glove blank comprising integral palm and back portions having adjacent forefinger portions with spaced apart rounded ends and a tab projecting from between the roundedends of the forefinger portions adapted to be connected to, extend over and maintain the rounded ends in spaced apart relationship.

3. The glove blank set forth in claim 2 in which the palm and back portions include opposed inner edges defining a recess substantially entirely in the palm portion and a thumbfront tab having an inner portion extending from the inner end of the recess adjacent inner edge of. the back portion toward and at an acute angle to the palm portion and an angularly related outer portion extending substantially aznally of said recess and terminating in arounded end.

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U.S. Classification2/169
International ClassificationA41D19/02
Cooperative ClassificationA41D19/02
European ClassificationA41D19/02