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TROUSER LEG RAIN PROTECTOR Filed Dec. 29, 1943 INVENTOR.
06N WBAZZEA/GE/F Patented Oct-21, 1947 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE TROUSEB LEG RAIN PROTECTOR Eugene W. Ballenger, Brooklyn, N. Y. Application December 29, 1943, Serial No. 516,055
1 Claim. 1
This invention relates to rain or weather protective garments, and aims to provide covering members which can be readily donned over the lower trousers legs and securely held in position, to protect the same from rain or snow. The desirability of such articles is indicated by the insufliciency of raincoats, as, although such coats protect the wearer from about the knees up to the neck, they offer no protection to the legs below the knees. This invention aims to overcome that deficiency.
Another object of the invention is the provision of auxiliary protective means adapted to be readily attached or removed, in association with the trouser leg protectors, for further protecting the feet or shoes from the weather.
A further object of the invention is the provision of the above protectors in such manner that they may be quickly applied or removed, that they may be conveniently carried in the pocket of a raincoat, for instance, and that they may be manufactured inexpensively.
The above and other objects will become apparent in the description below, wherein characters of reference refer to like-numbered parts in the accompanying drawing. It is tov be noted that the drawing is intended to serve the purpose I of illustration only, and it is neither intended nor desired to limit the invention necessarily to the details of construction shown excepting insofar as they may be essential to the invention.
Referring briefly to the drawings,
Fig. l is a perspective view illustrating the wearing of the leg protectors.
Fig. 2 is a side elevational view showing one of the protectors being worn.
Fig. 3 is a cross-sectional View taken on the line 3-3 of Fig. 2.
Fig. 4 is a perspective view of one of the leg protectors.
Fig. 5 is an enlarged side view showing a shoe protector attached to one of the leg protectors.
Fig. 6 is a plan view of a shoe protector.
Fig. 7 is a cross-sectional view taken on the line 1-1 of Fig. 5.
Referring in detail to the drawing, the numeral Hl indicates the trouser leg rain protectors, which are made of any suitable material, preferably of a waterproof or water repellent type, and are shaped in the usual manner of trousers less. They may be pressed into shape in the manner of trousers so as to present a neat appearance. At twopoints H at the front and back of the protector l0, flaps or loops I! are secured to the top of the protector, to which adjustable straps or the like l3 are attached, the latter being provided with any suitable type of connector or hook ll to be slipped under the belt loops IE or the wearers trousers.
That these protectors may be quickly put on, with the hooks l4 looped under the belt loops I5, is obvious. When worn, they securely protect the lower trousers legs from the rain, as is seen in Fig. 1.
As a further improvement in the rain protectors, shoe protectors It may be provided, comprising a member formed in the shape of a flattened funnel, shown at ll, with the forward portion thereof elongated, as shown at I8. When worn in place, the member I 6 covers the space between the protector l0 and the shoe, as well as all of the open or laced portion of the shoe.
The member is is formed of two layers of material, l9 and 20, doubled up from below, with a layer of still or shape-retaining yet pliable material 2|, such as, for instance, buckram, therebetween. This layer is sewed in between the covering layers l9 and 20, and is shaped into the oval funnel-shaped member shown, either before being sewn in or after, and it thereby retains that shape for the entire shoe protector. A collar or flange 22 is provided along the upper periphery of the shoe protector IS, on which a lurality of halves of snap buttons 23 are provided, the cooperating or complementary halves of these buttons being rovided along the lower edge of the leg protector ill. The collar 22 registers inside the protector i0, and when so worn it is obvious 7 that rain will be kept oil the socks of the wearer between the shoes and the trousers and also through the shoe lace openings of the shoe.
It is apparent from-the above that a practical and simple rain protector has been provided which fills the needs of a person wearing a raincoat, to protect his legs and feet fully from being soaked by the falling rain. I
Obviously, modifications in form and structure may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.
A rain protector comprising a leg member simulating approximately the lower half of a trousers leg, a pair of adjustable straps secured at their lower ends to opposed points of the upper edge of said leg member, said straps having hooks at their upper ends adapted to engage the trouser belt loops of the wearer, a substantially funnelshaped member adapted to be worn on the upper portion of the shoe of the wearer, the forward and rearward portions of said funnel-shaped 3 member being elongated, said member having a similarly shaped shape-retaining material secured around the entire periphery thereof and having a collar extension on the upper periphery thereof registering inside said leg member, and snap button fastening means partly on said leg member and partly on said collar for detachably securing said collar to said leg member EUGENE W. BALLENGER.
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