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Publication numberUS2314782 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 23, 1943
Filing dateMar 17, 1941
Priority dateMar 17, 1941
Publication numberUS 2314782 A, US 2314782A, US-A-2314782, US2314782 A, US2314782A
InventorsLouis Goretsky
Original AssigneeLouis Goretsky
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Ear muff
US 2314782 A
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March 23, 1943. RET K'Y 2,314,782

- EARMUFF Filed March 17, 1941 all jaw/F707 1724a? 02227 Patented Mar. 23, 1943 UNITED STATES g ATEN'E @FE'ICE EAR MUFF Louis Goretsky, Rokbury, Mass. Application March 17, 1941, Serial No. 383,723

6 Claims. (C1. 2-Z09) This invention relates to an earrnuff and more particularly to a muff comprising a casing or holder for the fur piece or equivalent covering for the ear.

. In accordance with the present invention, the

that of the ear to be received therein; and its base or bottom is preferably reinforced internally by one or more ribs protruding substantially to the same level as that ofan internal shoulder or ledge in the peripheral wall, such ribs and shoulder affording the base elements for the adhesive securement of the ear-covering or insulating piece. Such a casing is advantageous in that it constitutes a light-weight, inexpensive, durable, and attractive structure which can be suitably fastened as one of a pair at each end of the usual arcuate head-band or as one of a pair to a cap, hat, or other headgear.

' With the foregoing and other features and objects in view, the present invention will now be described in further detail with particular reference to the accompanying drawing, wherein Fig. 1 represents in plan view the interior of the casing hereof as equipped with a hinge bracket.

Fig. 2 is a transverse section through the casing on the line 2--2 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 is a vertical medial section through the casing on the line 3-3 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 4 shows in perspective a pair of earmufis embodying the casing hereof and secured to the ends of a head-band.

Fig. 5 is a transverse section through the complete muff on the line 5-5 of Fig. 4.

The rigid or stiff casing H) for the purpose hereof may be advantageously molded as a onepiece structure from any one of the various heatmoldable artificial resin compositions suitable for such purpose now available on the market or from such other suitable heat-moldable plastic as Celluloid, cellulose acetate composition, rubber composition, or the like. Thus, it may consist of so-called Beetle resin compounded with suitable pigment, dye, or filler and presenting, if desired, an attractive pastel color. The base or bottom l l of the casing may be substantially flat, as appears best in Figs. 2 and 3. Such bottom may be defined or surrounded by a peripheral wall l2 of a contour generally akin to that of an ear and of stepped cross-sectional configuration so as to afford an interior ledge or shoulder i2a on which the fur piece or the like may be seated. The thin, shallow shell constituting the casing is preferably reinforced over its relatively large internal bottom area by one or more ribs l3, which are shown herein as a pair extending in diverging relationship from a relatively thick block or boss l -l atthe upper end portion of the easing to the peripheral wall at its lower end portion. The ribs l3 are shown projecting substantially to the level or plane of the peripheral wall shoulder l'ra so as to furnish together with such shoulder ample base or foundation for the desired adhesive securement of the fur piece or the like for the ear.

Embedded in a block or boss Id at the upper end portion of the shell is shown a rivet 15, whose head end portion Ilia may project beyond the face of the block so as to be engageable through the aperture of a lower bracket piece If: hingedly secured to an upper bracket piece ll- The latter piece may be swingably connected as by a pivot iii to one end of an arcuate head-band IQ of spring steel or the like, which may, as shown in Fig. 4, consist of two adjustably overlapping strips of steel held together in the desired relationship by clips 20. The

peripheral wall I2 is shown as being recessed or open at its upper end portion 12b immediately above the block M to enable the upper bracket piece IT to pass substantially vertically upwardly therethrough. The lower bracket piece It may be held fast to the block by the clenching or heading thereover of the head end portion I50. of the rivet, as best shown in Figs. 1 and 3.

The back face of the ear-covering piece, which may be the skin side of such fur as lambskin or the cloth base of such furlike or furry pile fabric as velvet or velveteen, is adhesively secured within the casing so as to rest upon the peripheral ledge l2a and the reinforcing ribs l3 as the anchoring elements. It might be noted that the fur piece or the like is cut to a shape to be fitted acurately as a lining within the casing so as to occupy substantially the entire interior of the casing, up to its internal peripheral wall, as represented by the lambskin piece 2| in Fig. 5,.and that its back face or skin side 2 la may be coated with any suitable adhesive, such as pyroxylin cement, rubber latex, or the like, prior to its insertion into the casing. It is preferable that the fur or pile MD of such piece be sulficiently long or shaggy to be flush with or, as shown, even project externally of the rim I21) of the peripheral wall, thereby ensuring an adequately deep bedding or warm cushioning for the ear as the casing is placed in position over the ear to receive it therein. The casing is of a size to accommodate the ear inside of it when such casing and its fur-piece lining 2| is pressed or placed in position over the ear. If desired, the cavity or vacant space between the ribs [3 and/or between such ribs and the peripheral ledge I 2a may be filled with cotton padding or like fluffy or felted material, which may be adhesively secured against shifting movement or.

displacement. It is, however, unnecessary to provide a soft or compressible backing for the lambskin or similar fur, since such material itself is sufficiently bulky, soft, and yieldable to take up or expand into such vacant space as may exist behind it in the shell or casing.

While the earmuff hereof has been described and illustrated as being useful at the end of the usual head-band, it is to be understood that such muff might also form part of a cap, or hat, or even be used by itself as a separate article of manufacture. The scope of the instant invention should hence be ascertained from the appended claims, which are intended to be imbued with the broadest meaning permissible in the light of the prior art.

We claim:

1. An earmufi comprising a molded, rigid plastic casing lined with an ear-covering lining piece, said casing having a bottom portion and a peripheral wall of a contour generally like that of an ear, said lining piece being fitted into said casing so as to occupy substantially the entire area defined by said peripheral wall.

2. An earmufi comprising a molded, rigid plastic casing lined with an ear-covering lining piece, said casing'having a bottom portion and a peripheral Wall of a contour generally like that of an ear, said lining piece being fitted into and adhesively secured to said casing so as to occupy substantially the entire area defined by said peripheral wall and said lining piece comprising a furry exterior pile at least sufficiently long to be substantially flush with the rim of said peripheral wall.

3. An earmuff comprising a molded, rigid plastic casing lined with an ear-covering lining piece, said casing having a substantially flat bottom portion and a peripheral wall, the interior of said wall being provided with a shoulder and said bottom portion being provided with a rib projecting practically to the plane of said shoulder, said lining piece being fitted into said casing so as to occupy substantially the entire interior thereof up to said peripheral wall and being adhesively secured to said shoulder and rib surfaces.

4. An earmuif comprising a molded, artificial resin casing lined with an ear-covering lining piece, said casing having a substantially flat bottom portion and a peripheral wall, the interior of said wall being provided with a shoulder and said bottom portion being provided with a rib projecting practically to the plane of said shoulder, said lining piece being fitted into said casing so as to occupy substantially the entire interior thereof up to said peripheral wall and being adhesively secured to said shoulder and rib surfaces, said lining piece comprising a furry exterior pile at least sufficiently long to be substantially flush with the rim of said peripheral Wall.

5. An earmuff comprising a molded, artificial resin casing lined with an ear-covering lining piece, said casing having a bottom portion and a peripheral wall of a contour generally like that of an ear, said lining piece being fitted into and adhesively secured to said casing so as to occupy substantially the entire interior thereof up to said peripheral wall, and a bracket fixed to said casing at its upper end portion and including a rivet embedded in said casing and headed over said bracket.

6. An earmuff comprising a molded artificial resin casing lined with an ear-covering lining piece, said casing having a bottom portion and a peripheral wall of a contour generally like that of an ear, said lining piece being fitted into and adhesively secured to said casing so as to occupy substantially the entire interior thereofup to said peripheral wall, and a two-piece hinge bracket fixed to said casing at its upper en portion, said bracket including a lower piece, rivet embedded in said casing and headed over said lower piece, and an upper piece to which said lower piece is hingedly secured, the peripheral wall of said casing having a recess at its upper end portion and said upper piece passing upwardly through said recess.

LOUIS GORETSKY.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification2/209, D29/112
International ClassificationA61F11/06, A61F11/00
Cooperative ClassificationA61F11/06
European ClassificationA61F11/06