US 2792007 A
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May 14, 1957 D. J. FARMER FLEXIBLE COMB Filed June 6, 1955 n m A nited States This invention relates to hair combs, and it particularly relates to hair combs of the ornamental type.
The invention, brieily, is concerned with the provision of a hair comb for use by women and girls for ornamental purposes. The comb is so constructed that it may be bent into various different shapes in accordance with the whims or tastes of the wearer. After being bent into the desired shape, it will remain in that shape until again bent into a different shape.
lt is, therefore, one object of the present invention to provide an ornamental hair comb Which may be bent into a variety of different shapes.
Another object of thepresent invention is to provide a hair comb which, once it has been bent into a desired shape, will maintain such shape until again bent into another shape.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a hair comb which is relatively flexible but which is yet rigid enough not only to retain any adjusted shape, but to also be capable of e'iciently combing the hair.
Other objects of the present invention are to provide an improved hair comb, of the character described, that is easily and economically produced, which is sturdy in construction, and which is highly efficient in operation.
With the above and related objects in View, this invention consists in the details of construction and combination of parts, as will be more fully understood from the following description, when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawing in which:
Fig. 1 is a front elevational view, partly broken away, of a comb embodying the present invention.
Fig. 2 is a lcross-sectional view taken on line 2-2 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a bottom plan view of the comb shown llexed longitudinally in a generally semi-circular pattern.
Fig. 4 is a view similar to Fig. 3, but showing a generally S-shaped pattern.
Figs. 5 and 6 are elevational views showing the comb bent laterally into two different alphabetical shapes.
Fig. 7 is a bottom plan view of the comb flexed longitudinally into a C-shape.
Referring now in greater detail to the drawing wherein similar reference characters refer to similar parts, there is shown a comb, generally designated 10, which comprises a wire 12, preferably constructed of copper, and having a plurality of teeth 14, also preferably constructed of copper, depending therefrom. The teeth 14 are preferably formed integrally with the wire; however, they may be formed separately and, thereafter, soldered or otherwise connected to the wire.
2,792,007 lPatented May 14, 1957 The wire 12 and teeth 14 form the framework of the comb. Over this framework is provided a coating 16, preferably formed of a flexible plastic material such as polyethylene, synthetic or natural rubber, or the like. The plastic coating may be applied in any one of various manners such as spraying or dipping, but the process should be carried out in such manner that the coating follows the general shape of the metallic framework. in this manner, the plastic coating will consist of a longitudinal strip 18 and teeth 20.
The plastic covering may either be transparent or of any one of a number of desired colors and shades. Furthermore, it may be inlaid with ornamental stones such as rhinestones and the like, or it may consist of a pattern of various different colors and shades.
In use, the comb may either be bent longitudinally to form one of various alphabetical or other designs, such as shown in Figs. 3, 4, and 7, or it may be bent laterally, as in Figs. 5 and 6, to form other or similar designs. After being bent laterally or longitudinally into the desired shape, the inherent characteristics of the copper framework will maintain the shape of the comb. It can then be inserted into the hair and worn as an ornament.
Copper has been described above as the preferable material for construction of the framework; however, it is within the scope of this invention to substitute various other materials, either natural or synthetic, which have the desired flexibility and strength which is characteristic of the copper.
Although this invention has been described in considerable detail, such description is intended as being illustrative rather than limiting, since the invention may be variously embodied, and the scope of the invention is to be determined as claimed.
Having thus set forth and disclosed the nature of this invention, what is claimed is:
l. A readily bendable hair comb comprising a flexible frame including a longitudinal strip and a series of spaced teeth extending from said strip, and a flexible coating enclosing said frame land corresponding in shape to said frame, said frame being bendable into various shapes and being adapted to maintain the shape into which it is bent.
2. The device of claim l wherein said frame is constructed of copper and said coating comprises a member of the group consisting of polyethylene, natural and synthetic rubber.
3. A readily bendable hair comb comprising a flexible metal strip, a series of spaced metal teeth integrally connected to said strip and extending laterally thereof, a lieXible plastic casing enclosing said strip, and a series o-f plastic teeth integral with said plastic casing and each enclosing one of said metal teeth.
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