US 2738515 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
March 20, 1956 J. c. OWEN 2,738,515
CLOTHING ACCESSORIES Filed March 9, 1953 IN VENTOR ATTORNEYS United States Patenti() CLOTHING `AC CESSORIES ln C. Owen, Jefferson vCity/Tenn. pplieatienfMareh/L 1953,..Serial No. 341,211 Claims. .(I'Jl'. 'z l) This invention relates to rimproverneiitsi in 'clothing 'accessories;and 'more' particularly `t a'sirnlated orna- :hentai handerehi'e'f' 'that' may "be worn irr-'abre'ast' pocket or any other plac'effor ornamental' f eiteet.
It is` customary for meri' t'wear handkerchiefs inthe breast pockets 'of coats, with :the 'fabric' protruding for ornamental eiect. Such"han'dltercihiefs are usually'flded but lare diHiclAt-'tormaintain in place and are voften bulky'.
yVarit'nis devices have V'been proposed heretofore as a substitute fft'lr'is'uch ornamentalhantlkerchefs, but 'these have Jrrotbeeri satisfactory' because of the weight and blk'usually involved, complexity and' expen'sivenessiof manufacture, 'and ther hjectiosincidetal to use"ther`e of.
One object of this invention is to improve the construc- 'tion of accessories efihis'type bypreviaingjfer the support vandexp'osi-tiof'n 'of ornamentalhandkerchief material in ailiol'de't-which naylbe worncocealed Vin' al'pocke't without blkiness an'dwhich will" be stable and veitee'tive in itssuppor't of* the material.
A vftnither object of the invention' is to provide an aceessloryV of the character described -whichuses `ar holder that `is simple and inexpensive to rnairuiature and -is compact and' without bulkinessfinserviee rerfe'fieetively retaining the ornamental materiallthat 4may be retained therein. i
Still another object 'f the :invention is to providea hlderfor an accessory f the' vcharacter described which may be adjustable 'to diiereritplerig'ths f 'for accom niodat'ng itse'lf to different sized pockets' kwhereby tliehlder willbe `.stable i'nits 'position in thepo'cke't aiifd'will `inaint'i'n the ornair'iental eiectfth'e' inateiial These objects maybe accomplished accordingto one embodiment of :the 4invention by `nrrea'rietif' apiurality e'f plates connectedi together in lel'an'apir'ig' lrela'titm f to retain the 'ornamental inateiial therebetween and which will ie'ctively hold 'the :latter-against `working out of the holderv or being "displaced` relative thereto; Provisionis r'nade also for an adjustmentof the overllflengthfdff the holde'r to accommodateitself to ydifferent ysized"pockets".
Thismay be acc'omplislretiaccorcling to 'this-embodiment of thev invention by'ia additional plate adjustably connected with one' of the other'plates and'catpab'le ofbef.. ingdisplaced lengthwise'relative thereto to'vary the" over# all length of the device or the supportof the holder'zin tliepoeket and thereby toerisure 4of the p'r'operdegree oforarnen'tation 'expo's'e'd at the edge of thepocke't.
This embodiment' 'oflthe invention Vis Y'illustrated in theace'qmpanyin'g drawing's in which:
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iFi-g.' f2 is' a side elevation of theA ornamental fabric maferialfdetaehedl; i
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" ice handkerchieffmaterial'or offany other ornamental `fabric;`
Oneior incre piecesmay beused to provide 'the fabric-1, cutk and 'finished as desired, with or .without `an orna mental border or ornamentationapplied thereto.
The ornamental fabric 1 lis adapted 'to' be .secured and retained in a holdecomprisingaplurality of'ipltes shown at 2, 3, and 4. These plates, 3, and 4 rnay be ltriade of lany vsuitable thin, rigid,y `lightweight 4material, such as plastic, Celluloid, sheet rnetal, 'or the like. They may becurved horizontally, in: arcuateiform, as indicated in Fig. 3, to :permit the assembly Lto lt neatly and comfortably in'thepocket, although if somewhat exible, the plates will conform to the shape of the body without'initial pre-set curvature.
The ulowerfcentral portion of the` face plate `2f`is clit away or notched at 5, and likewise -the upper center portion `oi the .height-adjusting plate `44 is cutaway' or notched at 6 to minimize-use of material and tolreduce weight. The plate 4"extends in `.bridging relation bieb tween the lower ends of vthe'flegs thus .formed 'fon t-he face plate 2, and may project below the/lower edge thereof if desired, as hereinafter-described. The :plates 3fandv4 are adapted -torbesecured Ain face'to-:faoe.'rela tionwith the face platef2 substantially as'vvll bel evident from Figs.` 4 and 5.
The fabric-material .1 is .clamped between the upper edgepportion of the face1plate-2'an'd 'the adjacent-opposed lclamping plate `3 which are brought together and secured in clamping relation. In the exampleil lustrated this clamping aetionisobtainediby 2rig1"'d,'iiat headed buttons 7, arranged inpairs 'at opposite-'edges of the fface plate 2, adjacent the upper end thereof.. Each of the buttons '7 has afshank'slightlyilon'ger th'an the thickness of the clamping plate 3 so as tofre'ceive and Vclamp the latter as well -asthe1ma`teia1-.1,.inter posed between `the plates. The clamping fplate-'S .its provided with .means for'cooperating with the .buttons 7 to secure thetplates together. This means 'lis shown ascomprising: slotted holes 8fand-tnotchss9 inthe" clamp; ingiplate 3. The#notchesi'areforrnedinlthe lower edge of the plate 3, v-ariclinay slip Lbehind :the headsfof the lower buttons 7, over the shanks thereof, while the heads of =the upper `buttons are vinserted @through theholes'8, then upon outward-'sliding movement of the .plate 3 relative-to .theplate 2, `the ynotches:formed at one ,side of the holes Sand the notches -91will engage behind the heads 'of the buttons 7 Afortclampin'g 'the plates `Zand 3 withY the fabric-1 interposed therebetween, thus securely fastening the pieces offabric inpl'ace.
f Punched depressions '10 in the rear: face `of "the plate 2 andlcomplementa'ry projections 11 onthe'front'fface of -the `plate 3 are 4arranged to inter-lit o`r re'gi'ster 'with each-other, thereby .forming a clamping action'iwith the fabric t1 therebetween for holding the; piece of fabric securely n place. Any suitable .means -may beV used for this purpose, as desired.
.The `height-adjusting,plate 4.is adaptedto be secured adjustably to the'face ,plate 2- to'be retainedirr dierent adjusted positions relative to the latter so as to varythe overall length of the holder-according to the depth ,of pocket in which-it is to be used. As an example-of such adjusting' r'neans Iihave shown apairtof-rigid,atheaded buttons 11.2, with a" shank of substantially the-same length as the thickness of the plate 4, and rigidly attached to the lower outer portions of the plate 2. A pair of such buttons 12 will be suicient. A row of slotted holes 13 is formed in each opposite end of the plate 4, where the latter overlaps the legs on the plate 2 so that a pair of holes 13 is in position to receive the pair of buttons 12, slipping over the heads of the buttons and having the notches engaging the Shanks thereof behind the heads, thus clamping the plate 4 securely to the plate 2. The formation of the notches 14 in the lower sides of the holes 13 serves to retain the plate 4 in its adjusted position relative to the plate 2 against accidental displacement because the weight of the holder will tend to maintain the connection. The plate 4 may be adjusted in position relative to the plate 2 by disengaging the slotted holes 13 from the buttons 12 and reconnecting the parts through another pair of slotted holes so as to provide a holder of the proper length to tit the pocket i which it is to be accommodated. Any suitable number of slotted holes may be provided according to the size of the plate and the need for adjustment.
A short upwardly inclined pin 15 may be attached to the center upper portion of the face of the plate 2 to catch in the fabric of the pocket and thus prevent the holder from slipping out of its normal position. Such a pin may be used if desired, although not necessarily required since the weight of the holder ordinarily will be sulicient for the purpose.'
The use of the accessory will be evident from the foregoing description. The holder may be removed for replacement or cleaning of the fabric when desired. The fabric may be removed easily and quickly from the holder and a second strip of fabric substituted therefor in a simple and expeditious manner.
This accessory has distinct advantages over the conventional folded handkerchief because of its neatness, stability of position, convenience and lessening of bulk in the pocket. The device may be manufactured simply and inexpensively and used to provide an effective and ornamental simulation of the folded handkerchief as often desired.
While the invention has been illustrated and described in one embodiment, it is recognized that variations and changes may be made therein without departing from the invention as set forth in the claims.
l. A pocket ornament comprising a piece of fabric having an upper end portion adapted to protrude from a garment pocket to simulate in appearance a folded handkerchief and a lower end portion adapted to be supported within said pocket, and a holder for the lower portion of said piece of fabric adapted to be located entirely within said pocket, said holder including a first holder plate, a second holder plate and means for detachably connecting said plates together in faceuto-face reiation with said lower end portion of said piece of fabric clamped therebetween, whereby said piece of fabric may be attached to or removed from said holder by connecting or detaching said plates, and a prong fixed at one endto one of the plates with a pointed outer end upwardly in clined to engage in the pocket.
2. A pocket ornament comprising a piece of fabric having an upper end portion adapted to protrude from a garment pocket to simulate in appearance a folded handkerchief and a lower end portion adapted to be supported within said pocket, a first holder plate of a height less than the depth of the pocket in which the ornament to be placed, a second holder plate of a height at least as great as that of said first holder plate 'out less than the depth of the pocket in which the ornament is to be placed, means for detachably connecting said holder plates together in face-to-face relation with said lower end portion of said piece of fabric clamped therebetween, a height adjusting plate, and means adjustably connecting said height adjusting plate to one only of said holder plates so that its lower edge is below the lower edge of said second holder plate a distance which may be altered to adapt the ornament for use in pockets of dilerent depths, whereby said piece of fabric may be removed from said nolder plates without disturbing the height adjustment of thc ornament and the height of the ornament may be altered without removing said piece of fabric from said holder plates.
3. A pocket ornament comprising a piece of fabric having an upper end portion adapted to protrude from t. garment pocket to simulate in appearance a folded handkerchief and a lower end portion adapted to be supported within said pocket, a holder for the lower portion of said piece of fabric adapted to be located entirely within said pocket, a first holder plate having a pair of spaced apart apertures therein, each of which apertures includes a wide portion and a narrow portion on one side of the wide portion, the narrow portions of both of said apertures being on the same sides of said wide portions, a second holder plate, and a pair of headed buttons secured to one face of said second holder plate in spaced apart relation to cooperate with the apertures in said first holder plate to detachably connect said holder plates together in face-to-face relation with the lower end portion of said piece of fabric clamped between the holder plates in the zone between said buttons, each of said buttons including a head portion of such size and shape that it may pass through the wide portion of one of said apertures but cannot pass through the narrow `portion of such aperture and a stem portion slightly longer than the thickness of the first holder plate and of a cross-section such that it may pass through the narrow portion of such aperture.
4. A pocket ornament comprising a piece of fabric having an upper end portion adapted to protrude from a garment pocket to simulate in appearance a folded handkerchief, and a lower end portion adapted to be supported within said pocket, a holder for the lower portion of said piece of fabric adapted to be located entirely within said pocket, said holder including a first holder plate having a pair of spaced notches in one edge and a pair of spaced apertures therein, each of said apertures including a wide portion and a narrow portion on the side of said wide portion remote from said one edge, a second holder plate, and first and second pairs of headed buttons secured t0 one face of said second holder plate in spaced apart relation to cooperate respectively with said apertures and notches in said first holder plate to detachably connect said holder plates together in face-to-face relation with the lower end portion of said piece of fabric clamped between the holder plates in the zone between said buttons, each of the buttons of said first pair including a head portion of such size that it may pass through the wide portion of one of said apertures but cannot pass through the narrow portion thereof and a stem portion slightly longer than the thickness of said first holder plate and of a cross-section such that it may pass through the narrow portion of such aperture, each of the buttons of said second pair including a stem portion of a length slightly greater than the thickness of said iirst holder plate and of a cross-section such that it may pass through one of said notches and a head portion of such size that it cannot pass through such notch.
5. A pocket ornament comprising a piece of fabric having an upper end portion adapted to protrude from a garment pocket to simulate in appearance a folded handkerchief and a lower end portion adapted to be supported within said pocket, a first holder plate on one side of the lower end portion of said piece of fabric including a fabric contacting face having a plurality of small indentations therein, a second holder plate on the opposite side of the lower end portion of said piece of fabric including a fabric contacting face having a plurality of small projections thereon opposite said indentations, said first and second holder plates being of such sizes as to permit them to be disposed entirely within the garment pocket in which the ornament is to be used, and means detachably connecting said holder plates together with the lower end portion of said piece of fabric clamped therebetween, said projections and indentations cooperating to grip the fabric therebetween to prevent the removal of the piece of fabric 5 from between the connected holder plates.
257,945 Hoover May16,1s82 l 6 Creech Sept. 4, 1923 Thomas Nov. 11, 1924 McAdams Nov. 6, 1936 Ward Mar. 16, 1937 Iasperson Nov. 15, 1938 Biederman Jan. 13, 1942 Mierzwa Apr. 17, 1951