US 22293 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
N. JENSEN, OF VASI-IINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.
Speccation of Letters Patent No. 22,293, dated December 14, 1858; Reissued February 15, 1859,
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, N. JENSEN, of Vashington city, in the District of Columbia, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Catamenial Bandages; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full and exact description thereof, reference being had to the accompanying drawings and to the letters of reference marked thereon.
The object of this instrument is to be worn by females during the time of menstruation.
It consists of a steel-wire spring a, a bag b (made of oilsilk, india rubber or other material impervious to fluids), which contains raw cotton or a sponge y, and a waistband c, to which are attached'three elastic straps (l, c, j', whose other ends are fastened to the steel spring @f The bag b is fitted to a second wire spring g which is hinged to the wire spring a at m, and has at its rear end a little hook 7L which latter when placed over the rear portion of spring a (as represented in Fig. 2 of the accompanying drawings), will keep the two springs in close contact and thus hold the bag up, the same as if it was fitted to the main spring a. Elastic bands c' or their equivalents are fastened to the second spring g and so arranged as to support the cotton or sponge and press it toward the body.
Figure 1 of the accompanying drawings shows how the instrument is to be worn, the strap d, being worn in front, and the straps e, and f, around the legs. The springs a, and g are so shaped as to fit closely the body of the female. The sponge or cotton covers the'vagina and is always kept in contact [FIRST PRINTED 1911.] l A. Y
with it by means of the elastic supporters Thus all the discharges from the vagina will be absorbed by the cotton or sponge. The elasticity of the two springs a, and g, will always cause the instrument to adapt itself to all the motions and various positions of the body, and still the instrument will always be held in its place because its rounded rear portion is pressed between the legs by means of the straps c, and f, so as to prevent the instrument from being displaced sidewise while the same two straps in combination with the front strap d, prevent it from being displaced by moving upward or downward.
Thenever the person who wears` this instrument, wishes to remove the cotton and bag, temporarily from the vagina for the purpose of inserting a new piece of cotton or sponge or any other purpose, she has only to unhook the hook h, when the bag and spring g may be swung forward on its hinges a, This is a feature of great. practical utility as it obviates the great inconvenience of frequently removing and replacing the whole bandage.
That I claim as my invention and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States is:
Forming instruments of two wire springs a and g, the spring g, which supports the bag, being hinged and hooked to the other spring a, for the purposes as set forth.
N. JENSEN. l
JOHN S. HOLLINGSHEAD, JOHN M. MANKIN.