US 2503847 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
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BY WWW/y 5mm Patented Apr. 11, `195() .UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,503,847 CARRIER BRAssIRE Perle W. Shanahan, Vicksburg, Miss.
. Application December 5, 1947, Serial No. 789,977
4' claims. (c1. 2-42) l .f This invention relates to a brassire particularly designed for carrying, in a comfortable and concealed manner, the transmitting unit of a hearing-aid apparatus, although capable of use lfor carrying other things.
An object of the present invention is to provide a brassire of the above kind having external vertical underarm pockets and an external hori- Zontal front pocket in which the transmitting unit may be selectively carried, thereby permitting the position of the unit to be changed to relieve fatigue or to suit the requirements of different types of outer garments worn over the brassire. 'I Another object is to provide a brassire of the above kind which is so constructed that the strain imposed by the weight of the transmitting unit when the latter is carried in the front pocket, is distributed to the end sections and the shoulder straps of the brassire, thereby relieving the front section of said strain, preventing discomfort to the wearer or the bringing of pressure to bear on the wearers breasts, and causing the greater portion of such weight to be borne by the wearers shoulders through the medium of the shoulder straps. y I
, The exact nature of the present invention, as well as other objects and features thereof, will become apparent from the following description when considered in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which:
Figure 1 is a front perspective vview showing a brassire constructed in accordance with the present invention, as it appears while being worn with the transmitting unit of a hearing aid apparatus disposed in the front pocket;
Figurel 2 is an outside view of the brassire laid'out iiat;
Figure 3 is an inside view thereof laid out at;
`Figure 4 is an enlarged fragmentary vertical section taken on line 4--4 of Figure 2;
Figure 5 is a View similar to Figure 4 taken on line 5-5 of Figure 2;
Figure 6 is a fragmentary horizontal section drawn on an enlarged scale and taken on line G--B of Figure 2;
Figure 7 is an enlarged fragmentary vertical section taken on line l-l of Figure 2; and
Figure 8 is an enlarged fragmentary horizontal section taken on line 8--8 of Figure 2.
Referring in detail to the drawings, the illustrated embodiment of the invention consists of a body encircling band composed of a front section A, and similar relatively wide end sections B which are sewed at their inner side edges to the side edges of the section A as at 5, separable fastener members 6 and 1 being provided along the outer side edges of the sections B for connecting them at the back of thekwearer.
The front section A consists of a lower or underbreast part 8, and an upper part sewed to the upper edge of said part 8 and composed of breast pockets 9 sewed together at the upper portions of their Iadjacent side edges as at I0 and having the lower portions of their adjacent side edges cut away as at I I so as to be spaced apart. Each breast pocket is composed of upper and lower parts sewed together -asat I2. A wide shoulder s 'trap I3 connects the-top center of each breast pocket with the top of a diiierent one of the end sections B near the outer side edge of the latter. A gusset-like reinforcing piece I4 is sewed to the inside of the upper part of the front section/so as to connect and span the space between the lower portions of the adjacent side edges of the breast pockets. Other reinforcing pieces I5 and I6 respectively underlie the inner lower portions of the breast pockets and the upper portion of the under breast part 8, and are stitched thereto. The pieces I6 conform to the upper portion of. the part 8 and have their adjacent ends overlapped and sewed together and to the part 8 as at I1. The outer ends of the pieces I5and I 6 are sewed in the seams at l5 between the front and end sections of the brassire, and the upper portions of the pieces I5 are sewed` in theseams at I2 between the upper vand -lower parts ofthe breast pockets. The top of piece I4 is sewed to the upper breast pocket parts as at I8, and the bottom of said piece I 4 is sewed at I9 tothe adiacent ends of the pieces I6.
A horizontally elongated rectangular carrier pocket .20 is disposed externally of and over the central portion of the front section A, and it eX- tends from the vertical median line of one breast pocket to that of the other breast pocket, and from the horizontal median line of the breast pockets substantially to the horizontal median line of the under-breast part 8. The carrier pocket 20 is open at one side as at 2|, and it is stitched along its upper and lower edges to the breast pockets and to the part 8, as at 22. The carrier pocket 20 is otherwise free of connection with the brassire, and it is of a size to snugly receive the transmitting unit 23 of a conventional hearing-aid apparatus in which the ear piece or receiver 24 is connected to the unit 23 by conductor wires 25. Any suitable means may be provided to retain the unit 23 within the pocket 20. By means of the pieces I 4 and I5, and due to the position and manner of attaching the pocket 2U to the brassire, the strain imposed by the Weight of the transmitting unit is distributed to the end sections and shoulder straps of the brassire so as to relieve the front section of said strain, prevent uncomfortable pressure from being brought to bear on the wearers breasts, and cause the greater portion of such weight to be borne by the wearers shoulders through the medium of the wide shoulder straps i3. Due to this characteristic and the fact that the end sections B are relatively wide, the transmitting unit is effectively held up without causing pinching of.
the wearer of the garment or sagging of the front of the garment, the end sections B eiiectively preventing upward creeping of the garment at the back of the wearer due to the relatively wide character of said end sections B.
A vertical open-top carrier pocket 26 of the same size and shape as pocket 2D, is sewed to the outside of the inner end portion of each end seci tion B, so as to assume a position under an arm of the wearer of the brassire, Thetransmitting unit 23 may be selectively carried in any desired one of the pockets 20 or v26 so as to permit the position of the unit to be changed to relieve fatigue, or to suit the requirements of different types of outer garments worn over the brassire.
From the foregoing description, it wil be seen that I have provided a very simple and durable brassire which is highly efficient for the intended purpose. Modications and changes in details of construction are contemplated, such as fairly fall within thev spirit and scope of the iin-- vention as claimed.
Having described thej invention, what is claimed as new is:
1. A brassire for supporting on the person the transmitting unit of a hearing-aid apparatus, comprisingV a body encircling' band composed of a front section, and similar relatively Wide end sections havingmeans for separably connecting them at the back of the wearer, said front section ineluding` an under-breast part andan upper part composed ofv breasty pockets, a complete horizontally elongated rectangular carrier pocket disposed externally of and over the central portion of the front section and extending substantially from the vertical median line of one breast pocket to that of the other breast pocket and from the horizontal median lines of the breast pockets' to a point below the upper edge of the under-breast part, said carrier pocket being open at one side and being stitched along itsupper and lower. edges to the front section,` a wide shoulder strap connecting each end section with the top of a different breast pocket, and reinforcing pieces attached to the inside of the front section, certain of said pieces connecting the end sections at the upper portion of the under-breast part, an-
other of said pieces connecting the inner ends of the first named pieces to the breast pockets along the vertical median line of the front section, whereby to distribute the strain imposed by the weight of the transmitting unit in the carrier pocket to the end sections and shoulder straps.
2. A brassire for supporting on the person the transmitting unit of a hearing-aid apparatus, comprising a body encircling band composed of a front section, and similar'relatively wide-end sections having means for separably connecting them aty the back of the wearer, a complete horizontally elongated rectangular pocket stitched along its upper and lower edges to the outside of the front section, said pocket being disposed centrally of said front section and being open at one side, said front section including breast pockets and an under-breast part, said carrier pocket extending substantially from the vertical median line of one breast pocket to that of the other breast pocket and substantially from the horizonal median line ofthe breast pockets to a point below the upper edge of the under-breast part.
3. The construction defined in claim 2,' in combination with reinforcing pieces attached to the inside of the front section and connecting the end sections, a further reinforcing piece attached tfo the inside of the breast pockets'and to the' tops of said rst named reinforcing pieces along the vertical median linel of the front section, and shoulder straps connecting each end section with the top'o a diierentbreastpocket;
4; A brassire for supporting on theV person' the transmitting` unit of a'hearing-air' apparatus, comprising abody encircling; band composed of a front section and similar `relatively wide end sections having means to separably connect them at the back of the wearer, aV completehorizontally elongated carrier pocket'openj at oneside and dis#- posed externally of andl over the central portion ofthe front section, said-carrier pocket being free of connection at its sides with the front section and being stitched at its top and bottom edges to said front section,l anda corn-plete vertical open top carrier pocket sewed to the outside of the inner end portionof each end section so as to assume a position under an arm ofthe wearer of. the brassire.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are ofrecord' in the file of' this patent:
UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 1,397 .570 Bott Nov. 22, 1921' 1,900,129 Ring Mar. 7, 1933 2,43%1430v Hart' Feb. 24, 1948