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' April 23, .1946. J. l.. MORRIS LEGGING- Filed Sept. 20, 1 945 Patented Apr. 23, 1946 LEGGING Joseph L. Morris, United States Army, New York, N. Y.
Application September 20, 1945, Serial No. 617,660
(Granted under the act of March 3, 1883, as amended April 30, 1928; 370 0. G. 757) i 2 Claims.
The invention described herein, if patented may be manufactured and used by or for the Government for governmental purposes, without the payment to me of any royalty thereon.
The invention relates to a legging particularly designed for military wear.
It is an object of the invention to provide a legging that is adapted to be anchored to the shoe of the wearer in such a fashion that free motion of the ankle is permitted.
It is a further object of the invention to provide a legging formed from a single trapezoidal piece of material with the addition of atongue, which is adapted to economical production and which will give a good fit in practically all cases with a minimum number of sizes.
Further objects of the inventions will appear from a consideration of this specification taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, in which: 7
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the leggings as worn;
Fig. 2 is a plan View of the legging without the lace;
Fig. 3 is a plan view of the blank from which the body of the legging is made;
Fig. 4 is a plan View of the tongue;
Fig. 5 is an enlarged plan view of a portion of the legging and shoe showing the lace connec- 'tiOn;
Fi 6 is a section on the line 6-6 of Fi 5;
Fig. 7 is a perspective view of a portion of the shoe and legging with the legging unlaced and turned back to show the tongue.
The body A of the legging is formed from a single piece of duck or other suitable material in a size appropriate to the legging being made. The blank ID has the upper and lower edges II and I2 parallel and the side edges l3 converging toward the bottom. The legging may be finished by hemming, in which case the upper corners I4 are first turned down along a slanting line l5 and the top edge II is then turned down and stitched.
After the bottom edge I2 is turned and stitched,
the side edges [3 are also turned in and stitched, and a series of eyelets l6 are inserted along each side edge. If the edges of the blank are finished with a suitable overedge stitch before folding, a
satisfactory inside finish will be obtained without a second fold to turn under the raw edge.
The finished sizes in which the legging may be produced are for example:
A tongue B preferably 6 inches in height, 5 inches Wide at the top, and 3 inches wide at the bottom is provided for all sizes of the legging. It is finished by covering the edges with overedge stitching or other suitable binding and the bottom I! is turned up approximately 1%" and stitched. An eyelet I 8 is placed at the lower center of the tongue approximately from the bottom. The tongue B is then sewed to the body A of the legging with the edge l3 of the legging on the center line of the tongue B and the eyelet ill on the tongue in line with the bottom eyelet IS on the legging. The tongue and legging are then sewed approximatly one-half way up the edge of the legging body. All leggings should be sewed and finished exactly the same, as the legging can be worn on either leg.
The legging may be anchored or attached to the shoe 0 by using long shoe laces I9, which are crossed through the eyelet H! of the tongue B after the shoe is laced in the usual fashion and the lacing continued up the legging. A separate lace may be used for the leg ing, threaded in the top holes of the shoe as a starting point.
After the laces are drawn the tongue and legging will be pushed down over the shoe and held in position there. Because the legging is not anchored at the rear it is free to move in the normal mechanics of walking and freedom for movement of the ankle is provided. The overlap with the shoe is sufficient to prevent the bottom of the legging from catching on the upper part of the shoe, and any tendency of the legging to ride up is checked by the taper of the legging, which is adapted to fit the great majority of persons encountered.
The legging is also especially useful for skiing and other winter spots, as well as winter work in forests and other outdoor occupations.
The preferred embodiment of my invention has been described and illustrated, but it is understood that modifications coming within the scope of the appended claims may be made if desired.
Having thus described my invention what I claim is:
1. A legging comprising a body portion enclosing the ankle and lower leg and adapted to be laced, and a tongue lying under the lacing of the legging and having an aperture at the lower part,
0 the aperture being adapted to receive a lace extending from the shoe to the legging.
2. The combination of a shoe and legging having a common lace, said legging having a tongue lying under the lacing, and said tongue having an aperture through which the lace passes between the shoe and the legging.
JOSEPH L. MORRIS.