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Publication numberUS2735109 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 21, 1956
Filing dateJul 14, 1952
Publication numberUS 2735109 A, US 2735109A, US-A-2735109, US2735109 A, US2735109A
InventorsSamuel Feldman
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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Feb. 21, 1956 s. FELDMAN 2,735,109

NOVELTY CAP CONSTRUCTION Filed July 14, 1952 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTOR.

Feb. 21, 1956 5 FELDMAN 2,735,109

NOVELTY CAP CONSTRUCTION Filed July 14, 1952 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR. AM0EL F54 o/w/w BY C United States Patent F NOVELTY CAP CONSTRUCTION Samuel Feldman, New York, N Y. Application July 14, 1952, Serial No. 298,704

2 Claims. (Cl. 2-195) This invention relates to improvements in articles of apparel in the nature of headwear and the like.

An object of the invention is to provide a novel and improved article of headwear, in which there is a crown or hat body constructed and arranged in the form of the head of a lifelike figure, with structural details and elements closely simulating and approximating the details and elements of such lifelike figure.

Another object of the invention is to provide a novel and improved article of headwear, somewhat in the general nature of a cap, which is provided with a plurality of flap members extending outwardly from the cap crown, simulating the ears of the head of a lifelike figure, and including structural elements simulating the eyes and nose and mouth of the same lifelike figure head.

A further object of the invention is to provide a novel and improved article of headwear, somewhat in the general nature of a cap, which is not only structurally simulated to the ears, eyes, nose and general shape of the head of a lifelike figure, but also has a plurality of mouth elements forming a lifelike mouth of such figure, thus giving a very convincing semblance of reality in its simulation of the lifelike figure.

Still another object of the invention is to provide a novel and improved article of headwear in the nature of a novel style and construction of cap, in which there is a duality of front visors, angularly interspaced, and permitting the extension of a tongue-like protuberance therebetween, which, taken with the lifelike ears, eyes and nose, form a cap which makes the onlooker feel that a good likeness is achieved.

Still a further object of the invention is to provide a novel and improved article of headwear in the nature of a cap and the like, which is simple in design, inexpensive to manufacture, is highly attractive in appearance, and which has lifelike movable elements.

These and other objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the following description of a preferred embodiment thereof as illustrated in the accompanying drawings, forming a part hereof, and in which,

Fig. 1 is a front elevational view of my novel and improved article of headwear.

Fig. 2 is a top plan view of the headwear shown in Figure 1.

Fig. 3 is a right side elevational view of the headwear shown in Figure 1.

Fig. 4 is a cross-sectional view taken on plane 4-4 of Figure 2.

Fig. 5 is a cross-sectional view taken on plane 5-5 of Figure 3.

Fig. 6 is a fragmentary cross-sectional view taken on plane 6-6 of Figure 1.

Fig. 7 is a fragmentary cross-sectional view taken on plane 7-7 of Figure 1.

Fig. 8 is a perspective view of the cap shown in Figures 1 to 7, on a smaller scale.

In the manufacture of novelty headwear, it is important Patented Feb. 21, 1956 that the structural details be coordinated to produce a sturdy and attractive article. Where novelty features are included, these and other well known considerations apply, so that the finished headwear is not only structurally sound, but also commercially acceptable by both the trade and the public. The present invention provides such advantages. v

In order to understand clearly the nature of the invention, and the best means for carrying it out, reference may now be had to the drawings, in which like numerals denote similar parts throughout the several views.

As shown, there is a cap body including a crown 20 defining a downwardly open chamber or recess 22 adapted for receiving the upper portion of the head of the wearer. The crown or cap body may be formed in any suitable manner, as for example, with a number of segments 24, 26, 28 and 30, of flexible sheet material, fabric, or the like, stitched together on seams 32, 34, and 36 by means of stitches such as stitches or stitch lines 40, 42 and 44 extending along the seams, the various segments assuming curved shapes upon being thus joined together.

The cap body thus assembled has its lower marginal edge 46 upturned as seen in Figures 4 and 5, to form a sort of trough inside which is disposed the stiffening tape 48, formed of webbing or other relatively strong tape material and which extends all around the inner surface of the inturned marginal edge 46 of the assembled cap body or crown. I secure a sweatband 50 to the inturned surface of the marginal edge 46 of the cap body assembly, as seen clearly in Figures 4 and 5, the lower margin 52 of the sweatband being stitched as at stitching line 54, to the underlying inturned portion 46 of the cap body assembly, and it is seen that the stitches 54 pass also through the underlying stiffening web or band 48, holding them in assembled relation.

From Figures 4 and 5 it is seen that the sweatband 50 includes preferably a plastic or leather strip 56 which is covered by the grosgrain ribbon layer 58, the top and bottom margins of which are folded over the top and bottom edges of the plastic strip 56, to finish the same off and make for avoiding direct contact with the plastic layer 58, the stitching 54 passing right through all these layers as shown, and the other stitching line 60 passing only through the plastic layer 58 and the covering grosgrain main portion and folded margin to tie them securely together.

Visor means is provided also in the hat, as seen generally at 62, and includes upper and lower visors 64 and 66 extending outwardly as shown, from the front portion of the cap body or crown 20, in angularly spaced rela tionship to each other. The upper visor 64 includes a semi-lunar visor stilfener plate 68 which is surmounted by a covering fabric layer 70, the outer curved marginal portion 72 of which is turned under to underlap the edge of the plate 68. Similarly, the lower visor 66 includes a similunar visor stiffener plate 74 which is covered on its lower surface with a covering fabric layer 76, the outer edge 78 of which is turned over to enclose the edge of the plate 74. An upper mouth liner fabric layer 80, also semi-lunar in shape, and a lower mouth or jaw liner fabric layer 82 of corresponding shape, have their outer curved margins folded over somewhat as at 84 and 86 respectively, and are stitched by stitching lines 88 and 90, respectively, to the inturned marginal portions of the covering fabrics or layers 70 and 76 respectively, the stitching being thus substantially concealed from view when in the assembled form shown in Figure 4.

From Figure 4 it is seen that all the layers 64, 68, 80, 82, 74 and 66, aforementioned, extend together in a rightward direction toward the cap body, in the front portion of the cap, extending on their rightward edges between the inturned margin of the front adjacent portion assembled cap body seen at 92, and the corresponding front 3 marginal portion 94 of the sweatband 50, all the aforementioned elements being stitched together by means of the stitching lines 96, and including the stifiening band 48 mentioned above. From Figure 4 it is also seen that the sweatband has a slight angular fold formed therein as at 98 in the front visor portion of the cap only, so that in front only, it may be slightly L-shaped, as seen in Figure 4, with its upward leg covering the edges of the various sandwiched elements seen in the view and mentioned above, thus avoiding frictional or scratching engagement with the forehead of the wearer.

In addition to the elements mentioned, forming the upper and lower lip and mouth portions of the dual visors, it is seen from Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8, that a tongue-like piece of fabric 100, having a curved edge 102, is also inserted sandwichlike, between the lining layers and 82, and extends rearwardly therebetween, so as to be engaged by the stitching lines 96 as shown, to secure the same in position to simulate a lifelike tongue of the figure depicted. The tongue 100 extends forwardly, to the left, as seen in Figure 4, and to the right as seen in Figure 2, to simulate an actual tongue, and may be colored red or pink for this purpose, as may also be the lip linings 80 and 82.

A pair of ear-like fiaps and 112 are mounted as shown, being formed of flexible fabric in one or more layers, curved as shown, and inserted partially as shown at 114 and 116, between the abutting portions of the portions of the panels 24 and 26, and panels 28 and 30 respectively, of the hat body or crown, so as to be engaged by the stitching lines 118 and 120 securing them together. Where the ear flaps 110 and 112 are of double layers 122 and 124 of fabric, they may be secured together at their inturned outer margins by means of the stitching lines 126 and 128 respectively.

A pair of lifelike eyes 130 may be secured by integral 0 prongs 132 penetrating the fabric of panels 26 and 28 and bent over therebelow, to those panels, to simulate the lifelike eyes of a figure, and a similarly lifelike nose button 134 may be mounted on a stud 136 penetrating an opening in the central portion of the panels 26 and 28 at their line of division, and headed as at 138 to secure it in position. The eyes may include hollow eye housings 140 defining chambers 142 inside which are disposed loosely the disc-like pupils 144 which are thus freely movable inside the eyes to achieve utmost lifelike motion.

From Figures 1, 3, 4 and 8, it is seen that the members comprising the upper and lower mouth and lip assemblies, are bent somewhat so that they normally are spaced angularly shown best in Figure 4.

Although I have described my invention in specific terms it will be understood that various changes may be 4 made in size, shape, materials and arrangement without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.

I claim:

1. An article of manufacture comprising a plurality of areas of flexible material secured together at their abutting edges to form a cap body defining a downwardly open chamber to receive the head of a wearer, and inturned rim integral with said cap body, a sweat band secured in overlying relationship to said inturned rim, a frontal portion of said junction between said inturned rim and said sweat band being separated to define an opening, a dual visor assembly with a rear portion thereof inserted in said opening, first stitching means secured to said dual visor assembly in said opening engaging the same with said inturncd rim and sweat band; eye and nose simulating means carried by said cap body at a forward position thereof including a plurality of eye simulating members and a nose simulating member disposed below said eye simulating members; said dual visor assembly comprising a pair of lip simulated means mutually angularly spaced, tongue simulating means disposed between said pair of lip simulating means and secured at a rearward portion thereof, skin simulating means overlying the outer face of the said pair of lip simulating means, and lip lining means overlying the inner face of said pair of lip simulating means on each side of asid tongue simulating means, all said means being secured at a rearward portion thereof in said opening, to simulate a partly opened lifelike mouth of a figure; said eye and nose simulating means being disposed above said dual visor assembly, whereby said cap body represents the head of said figure.

2. The construction according to claim 1, wherein ear flap means are carried by the outer surface of said cap body, said ear flap means comprising a pair of ear flaps curved in shape to simulate ears of said figure and secured to said cap body at the side portions thereof.

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U.S. Classification2/172, 446/27, 2/195.1, 40/329
International ClassificationA42B1/00
Cooperative ClassificationA42B1/004
European ClassificationA42B1/00C