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Feb, 17, 1953 J. G. HEYCK 2,628,361
BROWBAND Filed March 22, 1950 IN V EN TOR.
Jose 4% fi fl'egdf BY Patented Feb. 17, 1953 UITE ST ENT OFFICE This invention relates to a structurally and functionally improved browband especially intended to prevent perspiration from moving downwardly over the brow of the user towards his eyes.
It is an object of the invention to furnish a unit of this type which may be economically manufactured by quantity production methods and which may be readily renewable.
Among other objects of the invention are those of furnishing a browband which may be associated with a head covering so as to achieve the desired results; the band being readily capable of being mounted and dismounted with respect to the head covering, hat or other head gear and when in position serving to effectively prevent perspiration from moving towards the eye sockets.
With these and other objects in mind reference is had to the attached sheet of drawings illustrating one practical embodiment of the invention and in which: i
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the band prior to its application;
Fig. 2 is a sectional side view through a head covering or cap with the band mounted therein;
Fig. 3 is a transverse sectional view taken along the lines 3-3 and in the direction of the arrows as indicated in Fig. 2; and
Fig. 4 is a similar view taken along the lines 1-4 and in the direction of the arrows as indicated in Fig. 1.
With primary reference to Figs. 2 and 3, the numeral 5 indicates the crown or body of a head covering such as a cap. The latter may be furnished with a visor 6 and the usual lining or sweatband l. At this time it is to be understood that the head covering shown has merely been adopted for the purposes of illustration. In many respects a cap is to be preferred. However, the body of the cap or its crown portion may be skeletonized and, in fact, the invention may be applied to an entirely dilferent type of head covering.
The browband has been indicated by the numeral 8, Preferably, and as shown, it includes a plurality of layers or plies. The material employed should be highly absorbent and resistant to disintegration or distortion, saturated with moisture. The strip 8 may be reenforced by lines of stitching 9 which will also serve to retain the plies against displacement with respect to each other. As is apparent, lines of stitching additional to those shown may also 5 even when 1 Claim. (Cl. 2-181) ably finished without employing starch, resin,
rubber or other plasticizers. It will be lintless and will not ravel. The material may be printed, dyed, sewed and glued. It is very absorbent with a soft feel when wet. It has high longitudinal wet strength and will dry out rapidly.
The width of strip 8 may be substantially equivalent to that of sweatband i. Mounting elements [0 of ductile metal may be secured to the inner face of strip 8 in any desired fashion, such as by staples H. The length of elements ID is greater than the width of strip 8. They are disposed at point adjacent the ends of the strip and at one or more points intermediate those ends.
As shown especially in Figs. 2 and 3 the upper ends of element ID are bent as indicated at l2 to overlap the edge of band i. The lower ends may be bent as at l3 to extend around the lower edge of the head covering. If a visor such as 6 is present, then these lower ends ma be extended through slits formed in that visor. In any event it is preferred that the lower edge of strip 8 be mounted in a manner such that it will contact the brow of the wearer so that the skin does not engage the forward face of the sweat band nor any of the material of the head covering or hat.
It is apparent that the browband may thus be readily mounted. It may be removed for the purpose of cleaning or accelerating the drying action. Also, when necessary, it may readily be replaced by a new browband; all of the foregoing operations being achieved without mechanical aptitude on the part of the user and with the expenditure of a minimum amount of time.
As will be understood this browband may also be used to advantage by physicians and others. Additionally it will be appreciated that the head covering may be modified to, in effect, furnish an adjustable tape such as has been shown, for example, in the United States patent to Brown 703,531 of July 1, 1902. Under these circumtancess the present appliance would simply be secured to that tape which could be adjusted in any desired manner. Also, as shown in Fig.
4 the fastening elements ll could be secured in a manner so that the band would be indented in line with them. This would prevent the elements from directly contacting the skin of the user.
Thus, among others, the several objects of the invention as specifically aforenoted are achieved. Obviousl numerous changes in construction and rearrangement of the parts might be resorted to without departing from the spirit 'of the invention as defined by the claim.
A browband comprising in combination "a; multi-ply strip of absorbent material, said strip presenting inner and outer faces defined between longitudinally extending upper =and lower edges, mounting elements of ductile material having a length greater than the width of said strip and staples extending across said elements and having their ends attached to the body of said strip at points adjacent the longitudinal edges oi the latter, said staples securing-said/ele- 4 ments, in spaced relationship to one another, to lie transversely of said strip in contact with the inner face of the same and with the element ends projecting beyond the adjacent longitudinal edges of said strip.
JOSEPH G. HEYCK.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are .of record in the file of thispatent:
UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 409,417 Moyer Aug. 20, 1889 703,531 Brown July 1, 1902 881,444 King Sept. 18, 1906 1,325,664 Anderson Dec. 23, 1919 2,445,209 Clark July 13, 1948 FOREIGN PATENTS Number Country Date 2002750 Great .Britain July 19, .1923