US 2329539 A
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Sept. 14, 1943.
J. I. KINGSON 2,329,539
CHEFS CAP Filed July 26, 1941 INVENTOR .fwr/xv [.lfl/VGSQ/l BY ATTORNEYS Patented Sept. 14,1943
This invention relates to new and useful im provements in discardable headwear, more particularly caps of the type worn, for example, by those engaged in preparing and dispensing food and beverages. These workers should present a neat and attractive appearance and, because of I the temperature and humidity conditions. to
which they are subjected, their outer wearing.
apparel, particularly their head covering, should be light in weight, cool and comfortable.
The principal object of the present invention is to provide an inexpensive, light weight, cool,
size-adjustable, discardable-material cap, of the type set forth, which frictionally fits the head and which, although retained thereon against accidental displacement by novel frictional fastening means, is capableof being adjusted to fit heads of various shapes and sizes.
Another object of the invention is to provide a standardized cap of the character described which may be so cheaply manufactured in quantity production as to permit of'its being discarded as soon as it becomes soiled.
In the drawing illustrating a preferred embodiment of the invention:
Fig. l is a side elevational view showing the cap in flat, unexpanded form as it appears when not in use;
Fig. 2 is a perspective View of the inside of the cap expanded and adjusted for use; and
Fig. 3 is a detailed View of the cap of Fig. 1
showing the adjusting means unfastened and the crown expanded to approximately maximum size.
. Referring now in detail to the drawing, the cap shown comprises a headband I having its lower edge turned back upon itself to form a sweatband 6 and having free, overlapping end portions 2 and 3, abuckle 4 attached to free, end portion 3 and a crown 5.
The headband I is formed by cutting a strip of stifi, yet flexible, springy material, for example, heavy, faced paper, to a rectangular shape which will be sufiiciently long to encompass the largest normal sized head, with the ends of said strip overlapping, folding the rectangular strip sufliciently back upon itself longitudinally to form a sweatband 6, folding each of the ends of the resulting form toward the other so that they overlap for a short distance,
as at position 8 shown in Figs. 2 and 3, and apsideplay. Of course, if desired, the buckle 4 may be made an integral part of the headband in, which case the blank from which the headband is formed would be appropriately cut and shaped to permit integral formation of the buckle. v
The crown 5, of lightweight porous material,
fpreferably cheesecloth or netting, is formed by folding a substantially quare piece of the material in half, sewing up the two free opposite sides thereof asv indicated at 9 and turning the resulting pocket formation inside out. The circumferential measurement of the open end or skirt portion of the resulting crown 5 should be ,suflicient to receive the largest normal size head for which the cap is designed, with the headband I fully expanded.
cardboard or rigid, heavy paper buckle 4, having a central bar and side bars forming a side slot therethrough adapted to slidably receive and- After the headband-sweatband and crown ele- .ments of the cap have been formed as heretofore -to overlapping free ends 2 and 3, of headband I to result in the formation of an open placket 8 at the side of the cap when the headband is contracted, or is expanded to less than the maximum size for whichit is designed. This placket formation 8 gives the cap arange of size adjustment from a maximum limitedby the circumferential measurement of the open end or skirt of crown 5 fully expanded, to a minimum determined by the distance the ends 2 and 3 of headband I can be slidably overlapped and frictionally held together without engaging or meeting the ends of the line of stitching I. When the headband is contracted, or is in other than a fully expanded condition, any excess of depending, unfastened crown material will be neatly and automatically taken up by the formation of gathers or pleats at the place wher the material is not fastened to the headband, viz., at the open placket position 8. These unsightly gathers or pleats, being formed flat adjacent theside of the wearers head behind the overlapping ends 2 and 3 of headband I, will not be visible when the cap is in use and therefore will not detract from the pleasing appearance thereof. 1
snugly enga'gethe other of said ends 2, without It is thus evident when the free end 2 of headband I, with its folded-back sweatband portion 6, has been passed through the side slot of buckle 4 so that it underlies and is in snug slidable engagement with the other free end 3 of headband l and its upturned sweatband portion 6, suflicient friction will b exerted by the double thickness of stifi, yet flexible material pressing out springlike against the rigid center bar and side bars of buckle 4 to maintain th head-receiving opening of the cap adjustably fixed to any desired size 4 In addition to without other retaining means. preventing accidental displacementof th headband ends 2 and 3 relative to each other longi tudinally, the size-adjusting means, disclosed eliminates the possibility of accidental displacement of the headband ends in any other plane.
Having thus described theinvention, what is claimed is:
of relatively stiff, springy material having its lower edge turned inwardly and upwardly to form a sweatband, the ends of the headband overlapping, retaining means secured to the free end of one of the overlapping portions of the headband, said retaining means including vertically extending bar members positioned, respectively, at the outside of the headband and inside of the sweatband, the other of the overlapping portions of the headband 'extendingbetween said bar members and justed position, against accidental relative displacement by the inherent tendency of the folds thereof to spring apart, a crown, and means circumferentially securing the open depending edge 'of thecrown directly to the upper edge of the sweatband, except for a. portion contiguous to and underlying the overlapping ends of the headband.
' JUSTIN I. KINGSON