US 2932827 A
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April 19, 1960 w. J. MUNRO, JR
BABY BUNTING 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed May 7. 1958 WHLTER J. MuNRbJR. Inga I HTTURNEY I I il v April 9, 1960 w. J. MUNRO, JR 2,932,827
BABY BUNTING Filed may 7, 1958 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR. \JHLTER J. MUNRQJR HTTURNEY United States Patent O BABY BUNTING Walter J. Munro, Jr., Statesville, NC. Application May 7, 1958, Serial No. 733,604 1 Claim. (Cl. k69.5)
This invention relates to infants apparel, and more particularly has reference to a babys bunting, that is, an outer garment designed to be used when the infant is taken out of doors in cold weather. I
An outer garment of the character described may be appropriately termed a bag-like garment, completely enclosing the infant except for the infants face. This, of course, is a typical arrangement, and in some instances there may be variations in this basic, overall form of garment of this type.
One main object of the present invention is to provide a generally improved garment of this nature, which in its open condition will merely comprise an elongated, generally rectangular piece of material, which piece can be folded upon itself along a transverse line intermediate opposite ends thereof, in a manner to define back and front panels, the garment including means at opposite sides'of the panels for swiftly closing or connecting the same along said opposite sides thereof.
Another object is to provide an outer garment as stated which will be characterized by the ease with which it may be manufactured.
A further object is to provide a babys bunting or related garment for infants, so designed as to permit the infant to be swiftly enclosed within or removed from the outer garment, with minimum difficulty and with mini mum disturbance of the infant.
Another object is to provide a babys bunting or related garment which will in one form of the invention be designed for manufacture without sleeves, but which is so designed as to permit the same to be made with sleeves in a second form of the invention, at relatively little additional cost.
A further object of importance is to provide a babys hunting or related type of outer garment that will be de signed for further reduction in manufacturing costs, by reason of the adaptability of the garment to be made in a minimum of sizes.
For further comprehension of the invention, and of the objects and advantages thereof, reference will be had to the following description and accompanying drawings, and to the appended claim in which the various novel features of the invention are more particularly set forth.
In the accompanying drawings forming a material part of this disclosure:
Fig. 1 is an elevational view of ccording to the present invention,
Fig. 2 is a side elevational view the right of Fig. i.
Fig. 3 is an elevational view of the garment closed.
Fig. 4 is an enlarged, fragmentary perspective view of the hood and shoulder portion of the garment.
Fig. 5 is an enlarged, fragmentary perspective view of the lower portion of the closed garment.
Fig. 6 is a fragmentary, enlarged perspective view showing the connecting means provided upon the front panel of the garment.
a babys bunting acin open position.
thereof as seen from 2,932,827 Patented Apr. 19, 1960 Fig. 7 is a perspective view of a modified form, partially closed.
Fig. 8 is an enlarged, fragmentary perspective view showing one of the sleeves of the modified form.
Fig. 9 is a fragmentary perspective view of said sleeve, looking into the cuff-provided end thereof.
Fig. 10 is a sectional view through the sleeve on line 10-40 of Fig. 9.
Fig. 11 is a front elevational view, on a reduced scale, of the babys bunting shown in Fig. 7, fully closed.
Fig. 12 is a fragmentary rear elevational view of the garment of Fig. 7, on the same scale as Fig. 11.
Referring to the drawings in detail, in the form of the invention shown in Figs. 1-5, the garment has been generally designated 10 and includes a generally rectangular back panel 12 integral with a generally rectangular front panel 14, along a transverse line 16 which defines the lower edges of both the back and front panels when the device is in use.
At this point, it should be noted that no attempt will be made herein to describe the various thicknesses of the material, the various ways of hemming or stitching adjacent portions of the garment together, the manner of attachment of a lining, etc., since all of these features of the garment relate to matters that are well within the skill and knowledge of those working in the art of garment manufacture. Therefore, to some extent the drawings of the garment are diagrammatic, in that they show each panel as being of a single thickness and do not show hems, etc.
In any event, at opposite ends of the lines 16, the single piece of material from which the panels 12, 14 are formed is provided with shallow, V-shaped notches. Secured to the opposite edges of said notches and extending along the opposite edges of the front and back panels 12, 14 are slide fastener strips 18, 20, respectively. Strip 18 extends the full length of front panel 14, but strip 20, though of a length equal to that of the strip 18, terminates well short of the outer end of the back panel 12. Slides 22 are provided upon the respective slide fasteners and in the fully open condition of the garment, are disposed at opposite ends of the line 16, that is, at the inner ends of the V-shaped recesses.
In overlying relation to the inner face of the panel 12, that is, the face or surface against which the infant is positioned, are approximately rectangular shoulder pieces 30. These have side edges and top edges registering with the side and top edges of the back panel 12 and secured to the shoulder pieces are snap fastener elements 32. The shoulder pieces have inner side edges normally spaced apart in the open position of the garment, as clearly shown in Fig. 1.
A hood or cap 34 is secured to the upper end of the back panel 12, medially between the opposite side edges of the back panel, and is provided with a drawstring or closed looped ribbon 36 so that it can be snugly fitted over the infants head.
Designated at 24 is a rectangular tab medially between the opposite sides of front panel 14. Tab 24 is secured to the outer end edge of panel 14, and on the panel 14 are snap fastener elements 26, while on tab 24 there are snap fastener elements 28. Elements 26, 28 are rectangularly spaced, and when the shoulder flap or portions 30 are brought into overlapping relation, the elements 32 thereof will be correspondingly rectangularly spaced. In use, the infant is placed upon the back panel 12 with the bunting fully open as in Fig. 1. The shoulder flaps 30 are positioned over the shoulder and the chest of the infant, and cap 34 receives the infants head. Then, the front panel 14 is swung upwardly into position overlying the infant, and the slides 22 are operated to close the zipper or slide fasteners provided at the oppesite sides of the garment.
" In this form of the invention,
It will be noted that the sides are closed fully up to and slightly beyond thelower edges of the shoulder portions 30. Panel 14 overlies shoulder portions 30 as will be noted from Fig. 3, and with the-shoulder portions overlapped, the elements 26 engage two of the elements 32 while the elements 28 engage the other two elements 32.
Small pom-poms or fuzzy ball elements 38 can be provided upon the connector'tab 24 to add to the appearance of the device and to facilitate swinging of the front panel to its Fig. 3 position.
It will be seen that the infant is snugly'enclosed within.
the garment, and the-cap 34 may now besnugly .fitted about the infants head so that the infant will be kept warm 'when out of doors. I
In Figs. 7-12 there is shown a modified form. In itsbasic essentials, the garment showninthese figures of the drawing is similar to that of the first form. However, the main difference resides in thC'PI'OVlSlOll of sleeves on this form of the garment.
the garment has been generally designated 40, and includes a back panel 42,. 44 respectively, all as in the first form of the invention. Further, the garment has the. slidefastener strips 46, 48 connected to the back and front panels, and adapted to be closed by slide 50. All'this .is as in the first form of the invention- In this form panel has a tapering outer end portion.52 comprising a tab, and said tab has snap fastener elements54. I
- The shoulder flaps or portions have been designated 58, and are providedwith snap fastener elements 60... A cap 56 is connected to the back panel and to theshoulder flap in the same. manner as in vention.
In'this fornnhowever, the shoulder portion 58 and the back 'panel are laterally extended beyond the opposite sides of the front panel and arestitched together to provide'sleeves 62. These :can be. left completely open at their outer ends, or completely closed or, if desired,
they can be of the type. shown in Figs. 8:10. In this arrangement, sleeves 62 have cuffs common characteristic wherein the front'and back panels.
are. swiftly and easily opened :to, completely expose the so as tofacilitate'changing of the infantsdiapers, and so as to facilitate placing the infant within the bunting and front.
the first form of the. in-.
64. which normally; completely enclose .the infants hand, but there is a slit.
. V 4 or alternatively, taking the infant therefrom. Further, the arrangement has the desirable characteristic wherein the design is simple, so as to permit manufacture at comparatively low cost. Still further, the garment has many desirable characteristics in respect to permitting maximum freedom of movement of the infant while still keeping the infant sung and warm whenever the device is in use.
While I have illustrated and described the preferred embodiments of my invention,
it is to be understood that I do not limit myself to the precise constructions herein disclosed and that various changes and modifications may be made within the scope of the invention as defined in the appended claim.
Having thus described my'invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secureby United States Letters Patent.
A babys bunting comprising an elongated generally rectangular shaped strip of flexible material folded upon itselfproviding a back panel and a front panel, separable:
fastening elements on the adjacent long edges of the panels, sliders on the separable fastener elementsfor moving said elements into and out of engagement with each other, shoulder flaps on sleeves forming prolongations of the outer ends of the flaps, said sleeves closedat their outer freeends constituting cuffs, the juncture'between the sleeves and cuffs being slitted, a hood on the top center of the.back panel connecting said backpanel and shoulder flaps, a closed looped ribbon on' the hood for fastening the hood on the head of the baby, snap fastener elements on the inner ends of the shoulder flaps, thefront panel tapered at its free end constituting a tab, snap fastener elements carried by the tab for. coacting with the V shoulder flaps, and ball elements on the outer surface of the tab when in closed position constituting hand pieces snap fastener elements on the for manipulatingthe front panel.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 219,243 Frankl Sept. 2, 1879 666,034 Solomon Jan. 15', 1901'. 1,637,088 Padolsky July 26, 1927 1 2,008,919 Milkes July 23, 1935. 2,505,239 Goldsteinl Apr. 25,1950 2,520,300 Astrove Aug. 29, 1950 2,562,061 1 1 Peterson July 24, 1951 2,624,048 I Kovary Jan. 6,1953 2,775,771 'Heilbronner Jan. 1, 1957 the top of the back panel,