US 2708753 A
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GLOVES Filed larch 20. 1952 s Sheets-Sheet 1 IN VENTOR B ert Kennedy BY M ATTORNEY y 1955 a. KENNEDY 2,708,753
GLOVES Filed March 20, 1952 3 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR Bert Kennedy ATTORNEY May 24, 1955 s. KENNEDY 2,708,753
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INVENTOR 42 F ig. l3. Bert Kennedy ATTORNEY United States Patent GLOVES Bert Kennedy, Johnstown, N. Y. Application March 20, 1952, Serial No. 277,619
4 Claims. (Cl. 2159) This invention relates to gloves, and particularly to improvements in gloves used for playing golf and other games.
Among the objects of this invention are to provide gloves which will function to prevent the formation of blisters or calluses, which will provide a means for obtaining a firm grip on a club or similar instrument, and which will serve to improve a players performance.
A further object of this invention is to provide glove construction which is adaptable to both full finger and short finger gloves.
Another object of my invention is to provide gloves which are seamless in the palm portions, which do not employ fourchettes and have no seams either between or on the side of the fingers. All seams are along the rear face of the gloves according to my invention, and this does not interfere in gripping a club or similar object.
Still other objects of my invention include: to provide gloves embodying the advantages of the invention which are attractive in appearance, which will properly fit without sagging, and which will retain their shape through continued use.
These and other objects and advantages will become apparent from the following description and accompanying drawings, in which:
Figure 1 is a front view of a glove formed in accordance with my invention.
Figure 2 is a back view of the glove of Figure 1.
Figure 3 is an end view of the glove of Figure 2.
Figure 4 is a plan view of a blank used in forming the palm, index and third finger of the glove of Figure 1.
Figure 5 is a plan view of the blank used in forming a gripping surface on the glove of Figure l, as well as the small and middle fingers.
Figure 6 shows, in plan, the blank used in forming the back of the glove of Figure 1.
Figure 7 shows the blank used for the palm sides of the thumb.
Figure 8 shows the blank for the back of the thumb.
Figure 9 is a plan view of the front of another glove constructed in accordance with the invention.
Figure 10 is a plan view of the back of the glove of Figure 9. t
Figure 11 is a plan view of the blank used in forming the palm and forefinger of the glove of Figure 9.
Figure 12 is a plan view of the blank forming the gripping surface of the glove of Figure 9, as well as the small and middle fingers.
Figure 13 is a view in plan of the blank forming the back of the glove of Figure 9.
Similar reference characters represent similar parts in the several figures.
Many gloves which ostensibly are suitable for golf or similar activities, are found to be undesirable because, of bulkiness, the presence of scams, or lack of attractive ness. To be acceptable to players a glove must not have any of these faults. The present invention embodies a glove having features which heretofore have not been found in an article of the type disclosed. As indicated by the objects, supra, the instant glove provides a means of protection for the hand which instead of hindering the player, facilitates and improves his performance.
One of the features of gloves constructed in accordance with my invention is the provision of a section providing a gripping surface which assists in the grasping of a club for example.
Referring now in particular to the drawings, 10 indicates a blank having an inner and outer surface and forming a complete palm section. Finger cut-out portions 11 and 12 extend from the palm section. Cut-out 11 serves to form the first or forefinger, while cut-out 12 serves to form the third finger of a glove. The blank is cut along lines 13, 14, 15 and 15' to form the two fingers. Thumb hole 16 is provided for the attachment of thumb blanks, or tranks hereinafter described.
Particularly important in my new glove construction is the blank 16 shown in Figure 5, which has a palm section 17 and finger cut-outs or portions 18 and 19. Palm sec tion 19 overlies the palm section of blank 19 in the completed glove, and provides a gripping surface for gripping a golf club, for example. Finger cut-outs 18 and 19, which are formed in part by severing along lines 20, 21, and 22' provide the fourth or small and second or middle fingers of the glove. Thus blank 10 has finger cut-out portions for forming twoalternate fingers and blank 16' has finger cut-outs for forming the other two alternate fingers. Palm section 17 is stitched to the palm section of blank 10 with decorative stitching 23. Blank 16' may be of sueded material. Palm section 17 is a partial palm section and does not form a complete palm.
As shown in Figures 1 and 2, the finger cut-out portions extend to the rear of the fingers in the completed glove and are there joined to the finger cut-outs 23 of back blank 24 by seams 25. The finger cut-outs 23' form the back of the fingers, and blanks 10 and 24 form the back of the glove. Strap 26 is secured to the wrist and has two ends 27 and 28 secured by buckle 29. Strap 30 is elastic can then expand to accommodate the back of a hand. The latter strap aids in securing a proper fit.
Blank 31 forms the front or palm side of the thumb and blank 22 the rear. Blank 31 is larger than blank 32 and as a result the seam 33 is sewn along the back of the thumb and the palm or upper side is free of obstructions. Perforations such as 34 may be provided for admitting air to the interior of the glove. Since decorative stitching only is used to join the palm section of blank 10 and the palm section of blank 16', and there is no true seam as formed by the joining of the contiguous ends of two blanks, the inner surface of the glove palm is uninterrupted. There is no seam formed in the palm by the joining of the palm sections of the two blanks 10 and 16'.
Figures 9-13 illustrates a glove embodying the features of my invention which is more suitable for wear during warm weather. Blanks 40, 41 and 42 correspond to blanks 10, 16' and 24, and are joined in a similar manner as described below. Blank is out along lines 43, 44 and 45 to provide the index and third fingers, whereas blank 41 is cut along lines 46, 47, 48 and 48 to form the small, and middle fingers. Blank 41 overlies blank 40 and is stitched thereto as at 43. The finger cut-outs are joined to blank 42 at the back by stitches 49. Thev thumb hole is left open. Straps 50 and 51 are similar to straps 26 and 30. A snap-type buckle 52 is provided. Blank 41 may be made of a sueded material to provide a gripping surface for a club similar to that provided by blank 17. The short-fingered glove may also have perforations similar to those of the glove of Figure l.
The glove construction I have developed results in a light glove having no seams which would interfere with the proper grasping of a club. The blanks forming the front or palm side of the fingers are each cut to provide two elements which will extend to the rear so that all seams will be at the back. There are, of course, small seams along the crotch of the fingers. These, however, cause no discomfort, as they easily fit within the natural opening between human fingers at this location.
As a result, there are no projections or ridges to prevent proper handling of golf clubs or similar instruments. When either glove is used a natural grip is assured. A player will be able to have true or natural feel of his club, for instance, and will not labor under the impression that his game will be retarded. With the more common glove construction the front of the fingers are all cut from a single blank and joined to a similar blank by fourchettes. As a result projections or ridges exist between the fingers and facing the palm. The bulk of such common gloves prevent a natural grasping or holding and for this reason alone other gloves have not been accepted by the public.
In addition to providing a seamless construction on the palm and between the fingers, I have devised a surfacing blank for the palm which is attractive and provides a friction means for assisting in the firm holding of implements. It should be noted that the surfacing blank is extended to form two fingers of the glove. Through such construction the surfacing blank is securely united to the glove and forms an integral part thereof. This also is accomplished without the placing of seams in an undesirable location. If the surfacing material were merely a small blank fastened to the palm and not an integral functional part of the glove, it would tend to buckle and raise upon the underneath blank. The construction I employ prevents such undesirable occurrence.
While I have shown and described a preferred form of my invention, it will be understood that variations in details of form may be made without departure from the invention as defined in the appended claims.
1. A glove comprising a first blank having an uninterrupted complete palm section and having an inner and outer surface, a second blank having a partial palm section covering a portion of and attached to said complete palm section, a third blank cooperating with said first blank to form the back of said glove, said first blank having finger cut-out portions for forming the first and third finger enclosing members of said glove, said second blank having finger cut-out portions for forming the second and fourth finger enclosing members of said glove, said third blank having finger cut-out portions forming the backs of the finger enclosing members of the glove and being connected to the finger cut-out portions of both the said first and said second blanks by seams at the back of the glove, the inner surface of the palm of it the glove being formed by said complete palm section and being uninterrupted, said glove having a wrist encircling portion.
2. A glove including a blank having a complete palm section and first and third finger portions, a wrist encircling portion, a second blank having a partial palm section overlying said first blank and second and fourth finger portions, a third blank joined to said first and second blanks, said third blank forming the back of said glove, said third blank having four finger portions, each of which is connected to one of the finger portions of the first mentioned blank and said second blank to form the finger enclosing members of said glove by seams, all of which are at the back of the glove, said partial palm section being connected to the first mentioned palm section said palm sections forming a palm portion of said glove and the inner surface of the palm portion of said glove being uninterrupted.
3. A glove having two blanks forming the palm, one of said blanks having cut-out portions for forming two of the four finger enclosing members of said glove and having a complete palm section, the other of said blanks having cut-out portions for forming the other two of the four finger enclosing members of said glove and having a partial palm section, said glove having a third blank,
said cut-out portions being joined to said third blank, said third blank forming the back portion of the glove, said glove having a wrist encircling portion, said partial palm section being joined to said complete palm section and said palm sections forming a palm portion of said glove the inner surface of the palm portion of said glove being uninterrupted.
4. A glove having two blanks forming the palm, one of said blanks having cut-out portions for forming alternate finger enclosing members of said glove and having a complete palm section, the other of said blanks having cut-out portions for forming alternate finger enclosing members of said glove and having a partial palm section, a third blank, said cut-out portions being joined to said third blank by seams, all of which lie at the back of the glove, said glove having a wrist encircling portion, said partial palm section being joined to said complete palm section said palm sections forming a palm portion of said glove and the inner surface of the palm portion of said glove being uninterrupted.
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