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Feb. 10, 1948.
L. WILKENFELD ET AL BUST FORM Filed Oct. 10, 1946 INVEN TORS Lew/s VW/kenfe/d Flora l W/kenfe/d v Patented Feb. 10, 1948 BUST FORM Lewis Wllkenfeld and Flora Wilkenfeld, New York, N. Y.
Application October 10, 1946, Serial No. 702,438
1 Our invention relates to that class of devices which is intended to be used by women when their natural form is defective, for it is well known that some women have naturally small and meager breasts; this causes them to endure embarrassment due to their appearance. Attempts have been made to remedy this situation by pro-- viding garments designed or adapted to disguise their actual breast configuration.
Those women who have been obliged toresort to such measures have found them unsatisfactory owing to the difficulty of completely hiding such condition by the use of loose or flowing garments which only serve to minimize the condition but fail to overcome it. Even when attempts have been made to meet the conditions by the use of brassires it is still unsatisfactory because of the difilculty of correctly simulating the true form of a woman's breast.
Sometimes due to an operation which has resulted in the removal of all or a part of one breast it is an absolute necessity to replace the missing portion. Many devices have been devised to fill this need as obviously one does not desire to call attention to such a misfortune.
Devices constructed for this purpose are subject to many objections, one of which is that some are formed with a filling of cotton,'kapok, lambs-wool, hair, feathers or some vegetable fiber; these are unsanitary since they cannot be washed. In many instances the wearers are allergic to the material, so used, with unpleasant results.
Others have a sharp edge where the forms contact with the body, this is most objectionable and produces discomfort to the wearer.
Our invention has for its object to overcome the foregoing objections and to produce a form which will very closely imitate the human form.
A further object is to provide a form which is entirely sanitary, and which can be washed repeatedly, yet retain its original shape.
A further object is to provide a form which will have a flat edge where it contacts with the body.
A further object is to provide a form which will be germ-proof and non-allergic.
A further object is to provide a form which will permit air to pass through the entire form.
A further object is to provide a novel manner of constructing our forms.
A further object is to construct our forms so that they can be used either for the right or left side.
Our means of accomplishing the foregoing ob- 4 Claims. (01. 2-267) 2 1 ject may be more readily understood by reference to the accompanying drawings which are hereunto annexed and form apart of this specification in which: U I
Fig. 1 is a front elevation of a pair of our im-' proved forms;
Fig. 2 is a side view of one of the forms in i Fig. 3 is a vertical sectional view on the line 3-4! in Fig. 1, in the direction of thearrows;
Fig. 4 is a sectional view on the line 4-4 in Fig. 1, in the direction of the arrows, of the shape shown in Fig. 1 without the interior filling;
Fig. 5 is a view of a blank of foam rubber cut to be formed into shape;
Fig. 6 is a side view partly in section of the bottom;
Fig. 7 is a diagrammatic view of our forms as used on the human body;
Fig. 8 is a variation in shape, and .Fig. 9 is a sectional view taken on the line. 99 in Fig. 8, in the direction of the arrows.
Similar reference numerals refer to similar parts throughout the entire specification.
. As shown inthe drawings Fig. 5, we take a piece of foam rubber cut somewhat in the shape of an inverted heart with-the point out off as at 4. The outer edge 5 is then chamfered as clearly seenin Figs. 3, 4 and 5. The parts indicated by lines 2 and 3 are drawn together and cemented tightly to each other. This results in a form which very closely approximates the human breast. Particular attention is directed to the special design of the lines 2 and 3. In practice we have found that because of the peculiar curvature of line 3 differing from line 2, that we put together the result is startlingly like a natural human female breast. Noother configuration has achieved this result. When we tried having the side 3 of the cut formed in a straight line the result when put together with the other side curved as at 2 was ludicrous. When both sides were straight a distortion resulted when put together. We found that a greater curve resulted in an unnatural apex at the nipple resulted. The bottom 6 is then shaped to conform to the baseand its edge 6 is chamfered to fit the chamfered portion 5 and these edges are then cemented together. This produces a fiat surface I, where the form contacts the body. The form is then covered with a suitable covering of silk, satin, or other material. A peripheral flange 8 is preferably provided which extends beyond the form. This provides a convenient means for sewing or otherwise attaching it to the wearers garment.
We have found in practice that it is advisable to make the outer covering of a fine satin or other fine material to make a form which is at tractive to the eye, rather than of the ordinary covering which one hesitates to touch.
When it is desired to have the form solid, as where it is to replace a bust, which has been removed bya, surgical operation, we fill the interior with groundfo'am rubbei- 9, as seen in Fig.-l2.-'
The form thus constructed can be worn with the confidence that no one can detect the difference, because the foam rubber when touched, yields in very close approximation of the human breast;
In Figs. 8 and 9, we have shown a modified I shape; in constructing this forfiithe""blaiik is" substantially circular but the cut is on the same lines as 2 and 3. When these ar idrawmtogetherthe result as seen in Fig. 9 is such that it is. practically impossible to detect that it is notrear" when it is worn. In this-shape as shown in said chainfeie'd aspreviously dscribd,
edges oi the cut are cemented together;- v
It will becl'e'ai from tneroregoing specifics tion that our improved breast forms' c'aln bwoin" whenin bathing without anydinieuityz' Infifact they can even be sewed into the bathing suit, so
that the wearer wiii net preseiit any different abnance on the beach-own the w'atr'thari' whenshe fiully dressed? It" will lso in obvious that the form's canbe made to"beus'e with l v some -cases' it niay be found desirableito'flmould the foam rubber instead of foifiii'n'g it from a" blanlasheretofore describedi I-laying described our invention what jwere gara ge new and desire to secure by Eetters "Patent is:
1, A bust form made froiii 'a sheetf'of foam rubber"having esubstannany Y sliaped'cut therein; theedges of which aresliglitly-arcuate;these edges being c e i'ri rite'd' tlog thf," thereby producing a fofrii whini'sinimaresshaman-breast; the: outer edge of said slieetbeing' chaiiifered 'where- Hy a nat== surface ispresented" to t'h 2? A bust form niadefrom sheet of foam 9; the? bottom is omitted? but the ea er-1's p resent: iii'gai 'flat surface 9'to' contaet the body when th'e type of brassir. In
ber having a substantially V-shaped cut therein,
th'I-edges of Which are slightly arcuate, these edges being cemented together, thereby producin 1'51"aiiorm'which'simulates a human breast, the outer edgeof said sheet being chamfered whereby a fiatasurfaceispresented to the body, a bottom for said form which coincides with the form when the'e'dges of the cut are cemented together, the edge of said bottom being chamfered and fitted to the 'ch'am-fered edge of the-=1? orm the space in said forffi being il'filled' with ground 5 foam" rubber;
'4'. A bust form imade from a substantially cir"-'- cular sheet: 01 foanr rubberriiaving: a substantially V'shaped' 'cut therein the edges of which are? slightly arcuate,'- th'e's'e -edges being cemented to"- gether; thereby =producingr a form" which simu-== latesahuman'breast; the enter 7 edge of said sheet being chamfered wheieb'y airfiat surface is pre-- sented t'othe' body:
LEWIS WILKENFELD. FLORA WILKENFEIED.
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