US 2888014 A
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United States Patent 2,888,014 SUSPENSORIES Michael F. Daugherty, Paul, Application May 10, 1957, Serial No. 658,469
8 Claims. (Cl. 128-158) 1 difficulties lies in the fact that it is usually troublesome to remove the penis when necessary. Some of the suspensories are equipped with openings through which this organ may extend. However, it is usually simpler to move the entire suspensory to one side, a task which is not always simple.
The difiiculties are emphasized when the suspensory is used to contain a pad of absorbent material. The suspensory is made bulkier by the addition of the pad, makiiig the structure less adaptable to change in position. Furthermore, most suspensories are so constructed that the entire apparatus must often be removed if and when the pad is to be changed.
An object of the present invention lies in the provision of a suspensory which avoids most of the former 'ditficulties experienced with devices of this type. My suspensory comprisesa thin, light weight fabric pocket which is' suppor't'ed by three straps. Two of these strapsj'are leg encircling straps, and aresecured to the pocket along a line of connection which is very substantially spaced from the upper edge of the same.' The third strap comprises a waist encircling strap, and is connected to the upper edge of the body of the device. As a result of this construction, by drawing downwardly the ends of the waist encircling strap, the entire upper portion of the suspensory may be folded downwardly to gain access to the interior.
A feature of the present invention lies. in the simplicity of construction of my suspensory. The suspensory pocket is formed of two small sections of fabric sewed together to The three supporting straps are A feature of the present invention lies in the fact that my suspensory may be partially opened while still acting as a support for the scrotum. The leg surrounding straps are so connected as to form a continuous support for the lower, or scrotum supporting, portion of the device. The waist supporting strap merely holds the upper portion of the suspensory against the body. As a result of the arrangement described, the waist encircling strap may be very lightweight elastic, adding to the comfort of the wearer, and making the upper portion of the device more easily folded down.
The ease with which an absorbent pad, such as those used in the event of certain urinary infections, may be supported and changed is also an advantage of my suspensory. The upper portion of the suspensory may be merely folded down, or pulled away from the body, to remove, replace, or insert such a pad. This is made posp 2 v sible by the fact that the waist encircling band is the only band connected to the upper portion of the pocket.
These and other objects and novel features of the present invention will be more clearly and fully set forth in the followingspecification and claims.
In the drawings forming a part of my specification: Figure l is a diagrammatic frontelevation view of my suspensory as it would appear in use. 1
Figure 2 is a front perspective view of the suspensory. Figure 3 is a sectional view of the suspensory, the position of the section being indicated by the line 3--3 of Figure 2. Figure 4 is a view similar to Figure 2, showing th upper portion of the suspensory pocketfolded open.
Figure 5 is a diagrammatic view of one of the mem-,
bers of which the suspensory pocket is formed.
Figure 6 is a diagrammatic view of the other of the members of which the pocket is formed.
The suspensory is indicated in general by the letter A and includes a suspensory pocket 10, preferably made of light weight washable fabric, and three supporting straps attached to the pocket 10. The upper portion of the pocket is supported by a waist encircling band 11, while the lower portion of the pocket is supported by leg encircling straps or bands 12 and 13.
The body portion, or pocket 10, is formed of the two sections best illustrated in Figures 5 and 6 of the drawings. The upper section 14, shown in Figure 5, is a generally T-shaped structure, having a transversely extending band 15, and adow-nwardly extending central portion 16. This central portion 16 is provided with an arcuate lower edge 17. p
As details of the arrangement show, the marginal ends 19 and 20 of the cross member 15 are folded or doubled along fold lines 21 and 22 to provide a finished edge. A somewhat larger hem is formed along the upper edge of the cross member 15 by folding the upper edge portion 23 along the transverse fold line 24. The marginal edge of the downwardly extending portion 16, includin'g the arcuate lower edge 17, is also folded inwardly to provide a hemmed edge, the line of fold being indicated at 25 and the folded edge being indicated at 26. These details are, of course, relatively unimportant.
The lower section of the pocket is indicated in Figure 6 by the numeral 27. This lower section is generally V- shaped in form, including a pair of diverging arms 29 and 30 separatedby a curved notch 31. The radius of curvature of the notch 31 is materially greater than that of the rounded edge 17 of the top portion 14, and the length of the upper edge or notched edge 31 is approximately the length of the downwardly extending portion 16 of the upper part 14, as these edges are connected.
The outer edges 32 and 33 of the arms 29. and 30 are somewhat rounded, "and are joined by a straight portion 34 between these arms. The outer margins 32 and 33 of the arms are hemmed along fold lines 35 and 36, and a similar hem is formed along the straight edge 34 along the fold line 37. The extremities 39 and 40 of the arms 29 and 30, which are generally at right angles to the edges of the arms, are also hemmed along the fold lines 41 and 42.
As is evident from the drawings, the notched edge 31 of the lower pocket portion 27 is marginally connected to the hemmed edge of the downwardly extending portion 16 of the top portion 14 of the pocket. The extremities 39 and 40 of the arms 29 and 30 are attached to the lower edges of the cross member 15 of the top and 46 connects the ends of the arms 2? and to the cross member 15.
The ends 47 and 49 of the waist encircling strap or band 11 is stitched or otherwise secured to the upper edge of the cross member 15, to extend therefrom in a direction substantially flush with the outer ends of this cross member. The band is preferably made of light elastic tape, and is provided with an adjustment and fastening buckle 50. When attached in the manner described, the band 11 extends upwardly and around the body as best indicated in Figure 1 of the drawings.
The leg encircling bands are also made of material such as elastic tape, and include adjustment and attachment buckles 51 and 52, respectively. The band 12 is stitched or otherwise secured to extend along a portion of the outer marginal edge 32 of the arm 29, from the straight portion 34 to a point spaced from the extremity 39 thereof. When the suspensory is in use, the portion of the arm attached in surface contact with the band 12 folds relatively to the remainder of the suspensory to hold the pocket margin against the surface of the leg.
The band 13 is similarly stitched or otherwise secured to the arm 30 of the lower section 27, to extend in surface contact with an outer marginal portion of this arm 30 from the straight portion 34 to a point spaced from the arm extremity 40. The attached portion of the arm folds with the band 13 when in use, holding the pocket against the leg.
The manner in which the suspensory A is used is believed obvious from the foregoing description. When the leg encircling straps l2 and 13 are in place, they hold the side marginal portions of the pocket to which they are attached against the surface of the legs, supporting the entire lower portion of the pocket to a point about midway or slightly above the vertical center of the pocket. The waist encircling band 11 merely holds the upper portion of the pocket against the body. As a result, this upper portion of the pocket may be readily folded downwardly as in Figure 4, whenever access to the interior of the pocket is desired.
In accordance with the patent statutes, I have described the principles of construction and operation of my suspensory, and while I have endeavored to set forth the best embodiment thereof, I desire to have it understood that obvious changes may be made within the scope of the following claims without departing from the spirit of my invention.
1. A suspensory including a suspensory pocket including a pair of pocket forming members, one of said members comprising a top member generally T-shaped in form and having a rounded lower edge, and a bottom member forming the other of said members, said bottom forming member being secured marginally to the downwardly projecting portion of the upper member and to the lower edge of the transversely extending part of the top member to extend rearwardly therefrom, a pair of leg encircling bands connected to said bottom forming member on opposite sides of center thereof, each such "-i band being connected to said bottom forming member at the rear edge thereof and at a point near the juncture between the bottom forming member and the transversely extending portion of the top member.
2. The structure of claim 1 and in which each leg en circling band extends in surface contact with a marginal portion of the bottom forming member between its points of connection therewith.
3. The structure of claim 1 and including a waist encircling band connected to opposite lateral ends of said transversely extending portion of said top member.
4. A suspensory including a suspensory pocket made of two members, one of said members comprising a T- shaped member having a transversely extending top portion and a central downwardly extended portion thereon having a rounded lower edge, the other of said members comprising a generally V-shaped structure including a pair of diverging arms separated by a rounded notch having a radius of curvature substantially greater than that of the rounded lower end of said one member, means connecting the edges of said arms defined by said notch to the marginal edges of said downwardly extending portion of said one member and connecting the ends of said arms to the lower edges of said transversely extending top portion, a pair of leg encircling bands connected on opposite sides of center to said other member, each band being connected to a corresponding arm at a point spaced from the apex of the V and at a point near the arm extremity, and a Waist encircling band connected to opposite ends of the transversely extending portion of said one member at the top edge thereof.
5. The structure of claim 4 and in which each leg encircling band extends in surface contact with an outer marginal edge portion of its respective arm between said points of connection.
6. The structure of claim 5 and in which the ends of the waist encircling band is secured to extend upwardly from the opposite side edges of said pocket.
7. A suspensory including a suspensory pocket having downwardly and inwardly curving side edges and a generally straight upper edge, a leg encircling band secured to said pocket on each side of center thereof, each leg encircling band secured extending along the curved side edge and in surface contact thereto from a point near the bottom center of the pocket to a point spaced substantially from the upper edge of the pocket, whereby a portion of each pocket side follows the contour of the leg when the suspensory is worn, and a Waist encircling band secured to the upper edge of the pocket adjacent opposite side edges thereof.
8. The structure of claim 7 and including a substantially straight lower edge connecting said curved side edges.
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