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Publication numberUS2768380 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 30, 1956
Filing dateFeb 8, 1954
Priority dateFeb 8, 1954
Publication numberUS 2768380 A, US 2768380A, US-A-2768380, US2768380 A, US2768380A
InventorsGolomb David L
Original AssigneeGolomb David L
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Adjustable head guard
US 2768380 A
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Oct. 30, 1956 D. GOLQMB ADJUSTABLE HEAD GUARD 2 SheetsSheet 1 Filed Feb. 8, 1954 lNVENTOR 0 :0 4. 604-0618 ATTORNEY Oct. 30, 1956 D. GOLOMB ADJUSTABLE HEAD GUARD 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Feb. 8, 1954 5 o a p z 4 a 0 6 6 A INVENTOR 041/? Z 6 oz 0M5 ATTORNEY United States i ADJUSTABLE HEAD GUARD David L. Golomb, Port Washington, N. Y.

Application February 8, 1954, Serial No. 408,641

1 Claim. (Cl. 2--3) The present invention relates to an adjustable head guard.

It is among the objects of the present invention to provide an adjustable head guard for boxers, which will enable readier adjustment to the head of the wearer, and which will be more comfortable and retain its position upon the head with less likelihood of dislodgment during boxing exercises.

Another object is to provide a novel head guard construction in which conformity may be readily obtained to the normal varying head sizes and shapes by ready and simple adjustments, with assurance that the head guard will stay in place and not slip rearwardly or over the eyes, and with further assurance that the head guard will not tend to slip either laterally or forwardly or backwardly during boxing exercises.

Another object is to provide a more durable and reliable head guard which will better protect the head,

ears, and forehead of the wearer, and which will not tend to put any unnecessary stress or friction upon the :forehead, ears or chin of the wearer, and which at the same time will give full protection to the boxer wearing '.the same.

'Still further objects and advantages will appear in the more detailed description set forth below, it being understood, however, that this more detailed description is given by way of illustration and explanation only, and :not by way of limitation, since various changes therein may be made by those skilled in the art without departing from the scope and spirit of the present invention.

, In accomplishing the above objects, it has been found most satisfactory to form the novel head guard of the present invention of two U-shaped members which overlap at the sides ofthe head and which are subject to readyadjustment by moving the U-members together or apart;

Desirably, the rear member is the longer or deeper member and it carries the side ear-protecting members atthe forward ends of the side legs. The forward memher, which extends across the forehead, is, desirably, the shorter or shallower member and the ends of its legs will overlap or extend over the ends of the legs of the rear member carrying the ear protecting portions.

Desirably, the back of the rear member carries a double adjustment which may be concealed in a pocket or covered by a flap, which double adjustment will enable variation in the height of the guard as well as in the periphery or circumference of the guard or protector. In the preferred form, the front member has adjustment straps extending from its ends as well as from the top and one lower side edge. The top adjustment strap extends over to the rear of the back U-shaped member and has an adjustment at the back of the rear U-member. These adjustment straps, desirably, extend through sleeves orgtubular members formed on the back of the rear U- shapedruember'."

The straps extending from the ends of the legs of th front 'U-shaped member, and extending through such tubular conduits on the rear member, terminate in a buckle or adjustable strap connection at the rear or back of the rear U-shaped member;

The downwardly extending strap extends from one side edge of the front member through a tubular exten-- ,sion in one of the ear protector members of the rear member and then over to the opposite extension leg of the rear member to form a chin strap.

By this arrangement it is possible to obtain a ready adjustment to various head sizes which cannot be obtained with a head guard which consists of one circular memberwith laces in the back.

This double U-shaped adjustable head guard of the present invention is adjustable to a wide range of head. sizes and may be rapidly adjusted to various head con-,

With the foregoing and other objects in View, the,

invention consists of the novel construction, combination and arrangement of parts as hereinafter more specifically described, and illustrated in the accompanying drawings;

wherein is shown an embodiment of the invention, but

it is to be understood that changes, variations, and modifi cations can be resorted to which fall within the scope of the claim hereunto appended. i

In the drawings, wherein like reference characters denote corresponding parts throughout the several views: Fig. 1 is a front elevational view showing the head guard of the present invention in position on the head.

with the device properly adjusted to conform to the head.

,Fig. 2 is a rear elevational view of the head guard in position upon the head of the wearer.

Fig. 3 is a side elevational view from the left side of the wearer, with the novel head guard of the present invention in position.

Fig. 4 is a side elevational view from the opposite right side of the wearer.

Fig. 5 is a transverse, vertical, sectional view upon the line 5-5 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 6 is a transverse, vertical, sectional view upon the line 6-6 of Fig. 3.

Fig. 7 is a horizontal sectional view upon the line 7-7 of Fig. 2.

Referring to Figs. 1 to 7, there is shown a head guard A having the forward shallow 'U-shaped portion B and the rear U-shaped rear section C,.the legs of which overlap as indicated at D. V

The adjustment across the top and periphery of the head is achieved by means of the adjustments at the back of the rear member C, as indicated at E.

The chin adjustment is achieved by means of the ad-' justment indicated at F.

The rear member C has the ear protecting portions G with depending fiaps H. From the lower ends of'the flaps H extends the adjustable chin strap J. I

Over the top of the head there are the crossing straps K.

The front section B consists of a front ply 10 and a rear ply 11, between which is enclosed the sponge rubber 12. To the upper edge 13 of the front section B is stitched the lower end 14 of one of the straps 15, forming the crossing strap arrangement K. As indicated at 16, the lower end 14 of the strap 15, is, desirably, stitched between the front and back plies 10 and 11 at the top edge of the front section B.

The front section B is scalloped away at 17 above the eyes L.

From the ends 18 of the legs 19 of the forward mem- Patented Oct. .30, 1956 3 her B extend the fabric straps 20, which are stitched in position as indicated at 21.

From the right side edge 22 of the forward member B also extends a fabric strap 23, which is stitched in position as indicated at 24.

The rear member C extends to a peak at the back of the head, where it receives the rear portion 36 of the strap 15.

The strap 15 extends into the pocket 37, which is formed by stitching the triangular piece 38 to the back ply 39 of the rear member C, said stitching being located at 40.

The lower corner portions 41 of the triangular piece 38 are free of the back ply 39 and are solely held in position by snap connections 42 to the under-flap 43.

The under-flap 43 is stitched at 44 to the central lower edge 45 of the rear section 44, and it extends upwardly under the corners 41 of the triangular patch 38.

Also stitched in position at 44 is the lower end 46 of the strap 47.

The strap 47 has adjustable buckle connection, as indicated at 48, to the lower end of the rear strap 15 so that the length of the strap 15 across the top of the head from front to rear may be adjusted by opening the flaps 38 and 43 upon disengagement of the snap fasteners 42.

It will be noted that the rear member C is also formed of a central foam rubber filling 49, held between the outside cover ply 39 and the inside cover ply 50.

The straps 20 from the side edges of the head guard A are stitched in position, as indicated at 65, and they extend through the conduits formed by the strips 66 which are stitched in position at 67 to the facing 39 of the rear member C.

The straps 20 extend toward each other and are connected together by means of the adjustment buckle 68 at the rear of the head and under the overlapping flaps 38 and 43.

The ear extensions G are formed by the recesses 69, which are enclosed by the foam rubber ring 70 and their extension flaps H carry the chin strap sections 71 and 72, which are connected together by the elastic section (see Fig. 6). The strap section 72 is stitched in position as indicated at 74 in the lower left ear flap H. The strap section 71 extends upwardly to the adjustment buckle arrangement 75 inside of the pocket 76. The pocket 76 is formed by the flap 78, which is held in position by the snap fastener 79 on the cover face 80 of the right-hand ear fiap H.

The buckle 75 establishes the conection to the lower end 81 of the strap 23, which extends under the ply 83 formed by slitting the cover 80 at 84.

The center of the recess 69 of the ear guards is provided with the openings which extend entirely through the ear guard portions G.

The transverse strip 91 extends between the upper side edges 92 of the rear member C and it need not be adjusted. However, between the forward ends 93 of the rear member C there is provided a non-adjustable elastic strap 94.

The crossing straps 91 and 15 are stitched together at 95, desirably with the lower strap 91 folded so that its two side portions 96 extend obliquely to one another and form a V directly forwardly so that they will extend toward the front of the head in advance of the rear protector portions G.

In the device as shown it is readily possible to lift the flaps at the right side of the head guard, as indicated at 78, and also as indicated at 38 and 43 at the rear of the guard, and then adjust the buckles 48, 68 and 75, so that the front and back sections B and C, as well as the ear protector portions G and the flaps H will snugly conform to the sides and periphery of the head. These adjustments may then be conveniently covered by the flaps 38,

43 and 78, so that the adjustment buckles 48, 68 and 75 will not catch or strike or abraid the boxing gloves of the wearers opponent. In connection with the snap fasteners 42 and 79, the flat faces are exposed on the outside of the flaps 38 and 73, so that here, too, there will be no protruding metal parts.

The overlap at D may be varied, depending upon the size and shape of the head, and the straps 15, 47, 20, 23, 71, and 72 may at all times be conveniently adjusted to effect the proper position of the head guard A, as shown in Figs. 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Also, to protect the wearer as well as the opposing boxer, foam rubber is provided in back of each buckle adjustment, as indicated at 48, 68 and 75. An extra pad, it will be noted, is provided at 97, in back of the buckle 75 in the right flap H. It will be noted that the strap '71. is held in position by passing through the loop 98, stitched at 99 to the lower end of the right-hand flap H.

By the arrangement above provided, even under violent blows the head guard will not slip, but at all times it will closely conform to the shape of the head. The particular feature of the present invention resides in the adjustable forward and rear U-shaped members, which may have adjustable overlap as indicated at D, and which do not require any lacing at the .rear of the guard.

The ear protectors will always be correctly positioned so as to protect the sides of the head and so as not to be out of register with the ear lobes.

it is found that in the arrangement as shown in Fig. 7, it is readily possible to have an exact conformation of the head protector peripherally around the forehead and back of the head, around the chin, and also across the top of the head from front to rear.

As many changes could be made in the above adjustable head guard, and many widely different embodiments of this invention could be made without departing from the scope of the claim, it is intended that all matter conta-ined in the above description shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.

Having now particularly described and ascertained the nature of the invention, and in what manner the same is to be performed, what is claimed is:

An adjustable head guard composed of two separate U-shaped members, extending respectively around the front and back of the head and overlapping at the sides of the head, one U-shaped member having a central padded section of rectangular shape extending laterally and horizontally across the forehead and the other U- shaped member having padded sections extending across the back of the head and down across the sides of the head and the ears, the guard leaving the top of the head uncovered, each of said members having enclosures and connecting adjustment straps extending through said enclosures and attached at their ends to one of said U- shaped members, the front U'shaped member having adjustment straps extending sidewardly from its ends, upwardly from its top middle portion and downwardly from the sideward portions, said straps extending to and through the rear U-shaped member and to and through said enclosures.

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U.S. Classification2/420
International ClassificationA63B71/10, A63B71/08
Cooperative ClassificationA63B71/10
European ClassificationA63B71/10