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Oct. 18, 1955 R. H. ALLAN, JR 2,720,656
BLOUSE HOLDING WEIGHT FOR TROUSER LEGS Filed June 27, 1951 2 Sheets-Sheet l Oct- 18, l955 R. H. ALLAN, .JR 2,720,656
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ATTORNEK United States Patent O BLOUSE HOLDING WEIGHT FR TROUSER LEGS Robert H. Allan, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
Application June 27, 1951, Serial No. 233,807 1 claim. (c1. z-zsz) This invention relates to a device for use with an article of clothing to hold the same in a desired shape or configuration and to thereby maintain a regulation or customary appearance without the necessity of attention on the part of the user.
It is common knowledge that present day uniforms for servicemen include boots that are adapted to receive the lowermost portions of the trouser legs therewithin. Such manner of wearing the trousers and the boots is required and additionally, such wearing apparel must be maintained neat and orderly with the trousers bloused over the uppermost edges of the boots. Such blouses are necessary because of the fact that they provide for freedom of movement in sitting, standing and other positions, on the part of the wearer, but as such positions are assumed, the blouses themselves become disarranged and unsightly. This necessitates forming and rearranging of the blouses each time the wearer rises from a sitting position and at other times even while walking, resulting in an aggravating problem at all times.
It is the most importat object of the present invention therefore, to provide a holding means for the blouses taking the form of a weight that is actually disposed within the blouses around the leg of the wearer and capable of maintaining such blousing at all times, irrespective of the various positions assumed during use.
Another object of this invention is the provision of a weight as Vabove set forth that is formed of a number of relatively movable sections, so that the same is always in a blouse-holding positionv and capable of adding no discomfort whatsoever to the wearer.
A still further object of this invention is the provision of ajblouse-holding device constitutinga chain or chainlike weight composed of a number of interconnected links, tubes joined by a continuous ilexibleband and/ or a continuous flexible tube, solid metallic or mineral elements r disposed withinthe aforesaid tube andthreaded upon a continuous band if desired or separated by partition or spacer members, or a filling of granular material Within a continuous tubular member to present a continuous leg-encircling device and having, if desired, a fabric covering therefor.
In the drawing:
Figure 1 is an elevational view of a pair of boots showing one form of the aforesaid trouser legs therewithin, and the blouses thereof, parts being broken away to reveal the disposition of the holding means hereof.
Fig. 2 is an elevational view partially in section illustrating the holder of Fig. 1 in place around the leg of the wearer.
Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the blouse-holding weight for trouser legs shown in Figs. 1 and 2, parts being broken away for clearness; and
Figs. 4 to 7 inclusive are perspective views of modied forms of blouse-holding weights for trouser legs made pursuant to my present invention, parts being broken away to reveal details of construction.
One customary manner of wearing boots with trousers 2,720,656 Patented Oct. 18, 1955 ice is illustrated in Figs. l and 2 of the drawing wherein the legs 10 of such trousers, extend into the uppers 12 of boots 14. Obviously, the lowermost, marginal edge 16 of the trouser legs 10 may project a considerable distance into the boot uppers 12 but the blouse thus formed will obviously become disarranged or pull out the moment the wearer sits down or assumes positions other than the erect, upstanding position illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2. Accordingly, considerable material must be reserved in the trousers 10 outside the boot 14, to provide full freedom of movement and normally, such excess material takes the form of a blouse 18 that overlaps a portion of the uppermost edge of the boot uppers 12.
Maintenance of this blouse 18 in a neat, orderly fashion, presents the problem above indicated to which this invention is directed. There is provided a holding means in Figs. 1 to 3 inclusive broadly designated by the numeral 20 for each trouser leg 10 respectively, and since the same are identical, only one will be described.
The holder or weight 20 is continuous and will be normally substantially circular when placed in use in circumscribing relationship to the leg 22 of the wearer. In order that the device 20 performs its function of holding the blouse 1S without added discomfort to the wearer, it is preferably made of a number of relatively shiftable, interconnected sections and to this end, a chainlike, continuous band 24 is provided including a number of interconnected links 26. It is contemplated that all of the links 26 be joined together but if desired, one of such links may be releasable in any suitable conventional manner.
A covering 2S that is tubular and also continuous, is provided for the chain 24 and such covering is preferably made from fabric material that may advantageously be the same as that forming the trouser legs 10 and may be of the same color as the material forming trouser legs 10.
The size of the individual links 26 is of no significance other than the fact that the same should be as light as possible, yet suiciently heavy to hold the blouse 18 in place when the device 20 is placed in use. Furthermore, it is contemplated that each link 26 be of such material orbe provided with a coating of substance that will resist rust and other corrosion. The covering 28 for the links 26 will prevent annoyance due to any rattling or noise that might otherwise accompany the use of the chain 24 and will additionally protect the trouser legs 10 if for some reason the links 26 do become corroded and tend to discolor the trouser legs 10.
The device 20 is placed in use in the manner illustrated in'Figs. 1 and-2 .of the drawing, and as shown, is disposed within the trouser legs 10 in circumscribing relationship to the leg 22 and particularly in surrounding relationship to the boot upper 12 adjacent the upper edge thereof. It is seen that the device 20 engages only the material from which the trouser legs 10 is made and does not come into contact with leg 22 or any part of the boot 14.
The diameter of the continuous weight 20 should be chosen to fully circumscribe the boot upper 12, be generally of the same circumference as the trouser blouse 18, yet not be so tight as to cause discomfort or to adversely aect the primary function thereof in holding the trouser leg 10 bloused as at 18. The ring-like weight may be mounted in place by rst applying the same to the leg 22 prior to placing of the trouser leg 10 into the boot upper 12 as at 16 and thereupon be caused to gravitate along the leg 22 into its operative position within blouse 18 as indicated in Figs. 1 and 2 of the drawing.
It is seen that while the chain-like weight 20 is fully capable of maintaining the blouse 18 in the trouser legs 10 at all times, it will not interfere with the user so far as assuming any desired position, and will yield during sitting and automatically 4resume its illustrated position as soon as the wearer rises, and during walking. e
farY asappearanceis concerned, the-device is not seen frmfthe'outside and its presence cannot be known except so'fa'r asfits advantageous use in presenting a neat appearing blouse 18 ^in each trouser legV 10 respectively 1 as`fisde`sired and customary,-as well asis 'required bythe L rules and'regulations of the armed services.
Theffdevices illustrated by Figs. 4 to 7 inclusive are placed Vin'usein the same manner as weight 2()v in Figs.
l'tolrinclusiveY and therefore, the mannerof construc- Y tion onlylrofrthe modified devices -will vbe set forth. .t
Weight meansy 40 in Fig.4 of the drawings, includes.
. material Vcapable of eliminating the possibility of any jdisturbingnoise that would otherwise be likely if the tubes 44' and 46 were all 'of metal or similar material.` The t cylinders 46 on the other hand are preferably made from `metall'or a mineral such as ceramic substances and theVv band 48 may consist of a strong and durable .cord or suit-- able'exible@ cable.
It is clear'. thatin the device shown by Fig. 4, eitherV the tubular covering 42 or the band 48.may be eliminated if`desired since either is capable of holding the elements Y 444 and 46 ina continuousi loop. Here again, as-in the case of the chain 24, the band 48l may be provided with.
releasable'structure or manufactured in a continuous loopl 'Y 'The modification illustrated by Fig.t5 of the drawings is broadly designated by the numeral 50 and includes a continuous tubular covering 52 similar to tubes 28 and 42 andadapted to receive a plurality of weights 54. The
weights 54 are held apart and therefore against rattling by means of transverse lines of stitching 56 presenting a number of pockets'SS. an element 54 if desired or certain of the pockets 58, may
be leftblank as illustrated. Elements 54 may bespherf;
icalvas illustrated, oblong, or of any other suitable contiguration. Here again, the material forming r,the V'ele-v ments 54 maybe chosen to suit the desires of the mann-V facturer and metal or mineral is suggested.V j
The device shown by Fig. 6 of the drawings s .designated by the numeral 60 and includes a tubular exible: covering 62 "having a plurality of weight elements;64 therein-spaced by dises or the like V66 to prevent contactv of the elements 64 with'each other and thereby eliminate rattling. The spacer66 may be madetfromteltpor` other means of absorbing noise andthe elements 64. mayY be .much the same as elements 54 in Fig. 5.; Here'agan,
Each pocket 58 may contain` tubular sleeve 62 may be eliminated and the elements '64',"as Well 'as the Washer-like spacers 66,"thr`eaded upon a band such as at 48 in Fig.,` 4 of the drawings, or, such band may be provided in the modification of Fig. 6 in addition to the sleeve covering 60.
The modification shown by Fig. 7 of the drawings is broadly designated by the numeral 70 and includes a tubular, flexible container72"for receiving a filling 74 of granularmaterialfsuchy asrbuckshot, aggregatevvor theV like.. t
It is now clear thtl'finall-fformsof the present inven tion, a continuousV weight takingtheform of a loop or ring is provided forV holding a blouse such as at 18 in its desired contigui-ation,fand while Vmanyy additional modifications and combinations may be presented, it is desired to be limited only by the spirit of the invention as dened by the scope of the appended claim.
Having. thus described/the invention what. is claimed;
as .new and. desired1to1be securedby. Letters Patent is:
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