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Publication numberUS2358551 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 19, 1944
Filing dateJun 25, 1943
Priority dateJun 25, 1943
Publication numberUS 2358551 A, US 2358551A, US-A-2358551, US2358551 A, US2358551A
InventorsRonald Beaton Joseph
Original AssigneeMalcolm Macdonald
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Arm supporting harness
US 2358551 A
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Sept. 19, 1944.


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Application June 25, 1943, Serial No. 492,339- 4 Claims. (01. 227-49) This invention relates to arm supports, and its general object is to provide a support in the form of harness that is primarily designed to be worn by artisans whose occupation requires that they grip and hold some implement or the like of their trade for a long period of time in -a steady position, such as for example a welder or acetylene torch worker, as my support materially relieves the strain on the arm of the wearer, thus eliminating fatigue and results in greater efl'iciency, with less effort.

A further object is to provide an arm supporting harness, that can be applied and removed in any easy and expeditious manner, and can be worn by either right or left hand persons, by making a simple change inthe arrangement of the parts.

This invention also consists in certain other features of construction and in the combination and arrangement of the several parts, to be hereinafter fully described, illustrated in the, accompanying drawing and specifically pointed out in the appended claims.

In describing the invention in detail, reference will be had to the accompanying drawing wherein like characters denote like or corresponding parts throughout the several views, and in which:

Figure 1 is a. View of the arm supporting harness which forms the subject matter of the present invention applied to a wearer.

Figure 2 is a plan view of the wristband in open position.

Figure 3 is an edge elevation of the band.

Referring to the drawing in detail, it will be noted that my harness includes a pair of shoulder straps l and 2 respectively, for disposal about the shoulders of the wearer at the juncture of the arms therewith, to underlie the arm pits, and while the straps are shown as being of the same width throughout their length, the portions thereof that underlie the arm pits may gradually decrease in width toward the bottoms thereof. In any event, each of the straps have their ends fastened together by a buckle 3 of the pivoted pin type, in the form shown, to adjust the size thereof.

In order to hold the shoulder straps in place, I (provide a back strap 4 and a frontor chest strap 5, each being identical and the straps 4 and 5 have one of their ends connected to the shoulder strap 2 by snap; hooks 6, the hooks being secured to said ends and are attached to rings 1, secured to the straps 2 by loops 8 that are sewed or otherwise fixed to the straps 2. The opposite end portions of the straps 4 and 5 are adjustably fastened to the shoulder strap 1 by buckles9 of the pivoted pin type, the buckles 9 being securedtothe strap I by tabs l0 sewed or otherwise fixed to the strap l. The loops .8 and the tabs l6 are fixed to the shoulder straps slightly above the diametrically opposite sides thereof, as shown. By the construction described, it will be seen that the straps A and 5 are detachablyconnected to the straps l and 2 for disposal in bridging relation thereto, and therefore prevent any possibility-of casual removal or displacement thereof.

Sewed or otherwise secured to each of the shoulder straps substantially upon diametrically opposite sides thereof are depending tabs l I having buckles [2 of the pin type secured thereto for adjustably fastening the end portions of a sling strap l2 relative to either of the shoulder straps, the strap l2 having a snap hook l3 slidably mounted thereon, and the strap I2 is shown as being connected to the shoulder'strap I for use by a right hand wearer, but for a left hand wearer, it will be connected to the shoulder strap 2, as will be apparent.

The wristband M as best shown in Figures 3 and 4, has a staple member l5 fixed adjacent one end thereof, to be inserted in any one of a row of slots [6 extending along the longitudinal center of the band from adjacent its opposite end, for adjusting the diameter or size of the band, to fit the wrist of the wearer, and the staple is held in one of the slots for securing the band about the wrist, by the snap hook I3 being attached to the staple member 15, as shown in Figure 1. By that construction, it will be seen that the arm of the wearer is amply supported, and as the snap hook I3 is slidably mounted on. the strap l2, the latter does not interfere with the free movement of the arm.

The band is held in place about the wrist, against sliding movement up the arm, by a'looped flexible element H, such as a rawhide string or the like, the element being adapted for disposal about the thumb and has its ends fixed to the fastening means of the staple member l5. The inner side of the band i preferably covered or lined with a facing strip I8 of felt or the like, to prevent the wrist from becoming chafed.

It will of course be understood that the straps and band can bemade from any suitable material, and any type of buckles 'may be used in place of those shown.

It is thought from the foregoing description that the advantages and novel features of the invention will be readily apparent.

It is to be understood that changes may be made in the construction and in the combination and arrangement of the several parts, provided that such changes fall within the scope of the appended claims.

What I claim is:

1. An arm supporting harness comprising a pair of shoulder straps for disposal about the 2. An arm supporting harness comprising 'a pair of shoulder straps, means for adjustably fas tening the ends of each strap together for disposal of the straps about the shoulders of the wearer at the juncture of the arms therewith to underlie the arm lpits, a back and a chest strap, buckles secured to one of said shoulder straps for adjustably connecting one of the ends of the back and chest straps thereto, snap hooks secured to the opposite ends of the back and chest straps for detachably connecting the same to the other shoulder strap, a wristband, a. looped sling strap for the wristband, means for adjustably connecting the sling strap to either of the shoulder straps, and a snap hook slidably mounted on the sling strap and attached to the wristband.

3. An arm supporting harness comprising a opposite end, either of the slots being adapted to receive the staple member therethrough to adjust the size of the band and to secure the same about the wrist of the wearer, a sling strap adjustably connected to one of the shoulder straps, and a snap hook slidably mounted on the sling strap and attached to the staple member to prevent removal thereof from its slot.

4. An arm supporting harness comprising the structure of claim 3, a lining for the wristband, and a looped flexible element connected to the wristband for disposal about the thumb of the wearer to prevent the wristband from sliding up the arm.


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U.S. Classification224/259, 602/20, 248/118
International ClassificationA61F5/01
Cooperative ClassificationA61F5/0118
European ClassificationA61F5/01D1F