US 231176 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
(No Modem T KGHN. Wire Stiffening Ribbon.
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
TOEIAs KOEN, OF HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT.
' sPEcIFIoA'rIoN forming peut of Letters Patent No. 231,176, dated August 17, 1880.
Application filed April 15, 1880. (No model.)
bons; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description thereof, whereby a person skilled in the art can make. :and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, and to the letters of reference marked thereon.
Like lettersin the gures'indicate the 'same parts.
My invention relates to stiffening-rbbons such as are commonly used for the purpose of forming the frames of bonnets or for giving them greater rigidity than they would Otherwise possess.
Such stiifeners have commonly been' made heretofore either of a wire wound and covered, or by weaving a ribbon which has such Wires on its edges or at the edges and middle, the intervening parts being a woven fabric, which is necessarily of a very imsy texture, owing to the diiculty of weaving a rln texture with 4 the wires forming a part of the warp. It has been foundimpracticable to weave a close fabric with a full wire warp.
My invention has for its obJect the forming of a fabric which'shall be firm' and solid and have the longitudinal wires of any size and stiffness desired.
In the accompanying drawings, which illus.-
trate my invention, Figure 1 shows a side view of my improved Wire ribbon. Fig. 2 shows a top View of Fig. 1 with the ends of the braided filling left loose to show the construction hetter.
My improved Wire ribbon is made upon an ordinary braiding-machine, having the Wires run into the braid in the'manner in which silk or other filling is commonly introduced, suitable and stronger guides being used for the purcustomary manner.
A A and B B are wires, which are braided its length.
The outside wires, A, are shown round in the drawings, and the inside wires, B, are shown flat. Either form can, however, be used with my improved braided ribbon.
In making my improved ribbon any number lof strands can be used to make braids of different widths, as is now commonly done. Any convenient numbervof wires can also be introduced intoV the braid. One can be placed between the meshes or between each two lines of intersections of the threads, or a fewer number can beused. In the latter case there will be ordinary braid between the wires.
In this way any width of ribbon can be made on a suitable braiding-machine, and any de'- sred number of wires can be used to stiffen it. The whole fabric will be rm and solid, and
ribbon ordinarily made. y
Bymeans of myinvention a much better article of manufacture can be produced than has heretofore been known.
Tile wires used in my improved braid are intended tO be wound and covered in the customary manner; .but they can beused without.
What I claim as my invention is- A braided ribbon containing longitudinal Wires within the braid between the intersecfacture, substantially as described.
into the ribbon and run longitudinally through not open and iiimsy, as with the woven-wire pose; but the braiding is otherwise done in the i A some of the intersections forming a. portionl of tions ofthe threads, as a new article of manu-