US 2446654 A
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Aug. 10, 1948. J. A. KRCMAR PRoTEcTdR PAD Filed Dec. 17, 1945 Patented Aug. 10, 1948 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 7 Claims.
This invention relates in general to a pad particularly for protecting the elbow or knee of a wearer although it may be adjusted or varied in position to protect any portion of the arms or legs of a wearer.
An important object of the invention is to provide a fabric covered pad which is easily removed from the cover to replace the pad or to clean, repair or replace the cover.
A further object of the invention is to provide improved simple means for completely covering a flexible or yielding pad with a cover from which the pad may be removed at will.
Still a further object of the invention is to provide a fabric cover for a removable, resilient pad, the cover having an overlapped Opening at one end through which the pad is removable when desired.
Still a further object of the invention is to provide a flexible protector pad of fabric or similar material having resilient fabric attachment bands for supporting it upon the arm or limb of a wearer.
A further object of the invention is to provide a flexible fabric container for a loose resilient pad, the pad having attachment bands and a covered opening through which the pad may be inserted and removed.
Another object of the invention is to provide a protector pad havin a cover of light flexible material such as cloth, canvas and the like which may be separately cleaned, repaired and replaced, and having an opening adjacent one end through which a pad of flexible yielding material may be inserted, removed and replaced by similar or different pads for various uses.
Other objects of the invention will appear in the specification and will be apparent from the accompanying drawings in which Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a protector pad in accordance with this invention with parts broken away at one end to illustrate the construction more clearly;
Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the pad as shown in Fig. 1 with a portion of the cover turned back for uncovering the end of the pad within the cover ShOWiIig how it may be inserted and removed from the cover;
Fig. 3 is a sectional view taken on the line 3-3 of Fig. 1; and
Fig. 4 is a sectional view of the protector pad with one end of the cover turned back as shown in Fi 2.
Various types of knee and elbow protectors have been provided in which the cover or casing for a resilient pad conforms more or less to the shape of the knee or elbow which they are to protect, but most of them are of heavy, cumbersome material, not adapted to be washed or cleaned and providing no means for detaching or removing the pad from the cover, and not intended to have a pad removable from the cover for replacement purposes or for substituting various types of pads in the same cover.
The present invention overcomes all of these objections by providing a cover of which the opposite sides are made of cloth-like towelling or canvas having a concealed opening at one end which may be bent or distorted to provide an opening into which a pad of resilient material,
' such as rubber, may be inserted and as easily removed. By providing elastic bands near the ends, the pad may be applied over the elbow or any portion of the arm and over the knee or any portion of the leg. When the protector pad becomes soiled or dirty or if it is desired to change the pad element for any reason, the cover is bent backwardly and the pad is removed and a new or substitute one is inserted.
Referring now more particularly to the drawings, a resilient pad 6 of rubber, sponge rubber or similar resilient material is shaped to conform to a container or cover I which is preferably constructed of light weight flexible fabric such as cloth, towelling, canvas and the like but it may be of any desired or suitable material.
The cover preferably comprises one side 8 extending entirely over one face of the pad 6 and opposite cover portions 9 and i0 which have an .overlapping joint ll intermediate the ends of the opposite face but together forming a complete facing for this side of the cover. The two opposite facings of the cover, comprising the side 8 and portions 9 and H], are held together about their edges by a binding l2 which has stitching l3 extending through the binding and through the edges of the side covers tightly holding them together and forming a unitary cove-r.
Adjacent each end of that side of the cover which has the lapping joint 6 l are flexible bands Hi preferably of rubber covered or mixed with fabric to give the bands greater resiliency so that they may be easily extended around arms or legs of various sizes without adhering too tightly thereto. These arm bands are connected to the adjacent cover portions 9 and H] by stitching [5 or any other suitable fastening means and the extremities of the bands are preferably overlapped and connected by stitches it so that there may be some variations in size of the bands, if desired.
With this construction one end of the cover comprising the side portion l may be easily inverted over the opposite side of the cover because of the flexible nature of the pad 6 thus uncovering the adjacent end of the pad as shown in Fig. 4 so that the pad may be easily inserted and removed from the cover, thus making it possible to entirely withdraw the pad, to replace" the pad with another one of the same size or of a slightly different size, or to replace one pad with a pad of a diiferent type. For example, a soft or: sponge rubber pad may be used for a certain class of use whereas the pad of flexible but ha1'drub'-" her or rubberlike material may be usedfor a different class of service. By removing'the paid from the cover, the cover may then be Washed or cleaned like any other article of cloth or similar fabric;
Although this padisdescribed as ofa single size-to accommodate itfor all uses, it may also bemade'invarioussizes and shapes embodying theconstruction and arrangement herein set forth; and various otherconstruotions, combinationsand arrangements may be made without departing from the spirit and scope ofthe-invention.
1-. A protector comprising: aresilient pad and a separate resilient cover therefor,- the cover having' opposite enclosing sides, one ofthe sides having transverse overlapping portions forming a joint throughwhioh the pad is insertable into the cover, and arm'bands one at each side-of the joint at that side of the cover to hold the joint closed when the protector is worn:
2-;- In a-protector of the class described, a=yieldable pad a cover for the pad comprising opposite sides, oneof the sides composed of transverse overlappingportions toform a separable joint, the cover being bendable oppositely from the joint to uncover the pad whereby toinsert andremove the pad in the cover, and arm bands parallel to the joint and one at each side thereofto holdthe joint closed when the bands arearoundthe limb of a wearer.
3-. In a protector'of the class described, a resilientpad; acover comprising opposite sides, one of the sides comprising at least two portions having a transverse overlapping joint extending transversely of the cover, means for binding the covers together about their edgesandi the cover being bendable oppositely from the joint over the end to the other side to provide an unobstructed opening at the endof the cover for applyingandremovingthe pad, and arm bands on the joint sideof the cover, one near each end of the cover.
4. In a protector of the class described a contaiiier cover having opposite side faces bound together about their edges, one of the side faces being. separable and bendable oppositely at the joint, a pad of flexible resilient material insertable the cover and removable therefrom when the said opening is exposed and resilient bands seenre'o to th''said separable portions of the cover adjabefit'the ends thereof parallel to the joint and holding the said joint of the cover in closed positionwhen thesaid bands are applied tothe arm or leg ofa user. I
6; In a resilient arm and leg. protector cornprisinga pad of-flexibleresilient material, a cover therefor having opposite side faces, one of the faces comprising: a pair of parts overlapping. to form a joint atadistance tromone end of the cover,- a; pairof resilient armbands secured to the said portions ofthe coveradjacent the ends parallel to and outside of the overlapping joint to hold the protector upon the arm orleg of a wearer and to maintain the said: joint in closed position. v
7 A- resilient flexibleprotector for the armor leg'ot awearer comprising-a resilient flexible-pad, a cover therefor comprising opposite sides bound together about their edges, one of the sidesbeing a single unitary material and the other side being formed ofat least two pieces having lapped portions forming an open joint, the extremities ofthe lapped portions being securely held in place by the edge binding,- the joint being intermediate the ends of the cover and a pair of flexible resilient armbands secured adjacent the ends of thecover and to that side comprising the plural-ity of portions, the arm bands having outer overlapping portions adapted to be stitched together in varying overlapping relation to vary the size otthe-arm bands.- 7 V J OSEPH- A KRCMAR.
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