US 3064266 A
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Nov. 20, 1962 H. VEGHTE, JR 3,064,266
ARTICLE OF HAND WEAR Filed Jan. 11, 1961 INVENTOR. HENRY VEGHTE, JR.
a a 7 WnyM ATTORNEYS il'nited States Patent 3,064,266 AR'HCLE 9F HAND WEAR Henry Veghte, In, Stage, Rutland, Vt. Filed Jan. 11, 1961, Ser. No. 82,028 1 Claim. (Cl. 2-l58) This invention comprises a new and improved article of hand Wear and is in the nature of a finger mitten adapted to be sliped on and worn over conventional gloves or mittens and to encase the fingers in an outer, protective sheath.
The mitten of my invention may be manufactured from leather, wool, plastic or the like, or a combination of any of these materials and may be provided with an inner lining if desired. The mitten is in the form of an abbreviated sheath, open at one end through which the fingers are inserted.
The mitten is comfortably secured to the hand by means of an elastic insert sewn into the body of the mitten at its open end. The sheath is dimensioned to extend over the fingers of the gloved hand and rearwardly past the knuckles, enclosing those fingers and providing an extra layer of protective insulation.
The mitten, which is the subject matter of this invention, will find particular utility among those accustomed to spend extended periods out-of-doors during cold Weather and who are required to use their hands during the course of their activities. Skiers and policemen, by Way of example, will find this mitten to be particularly useful since it can be readily slipped over a gloved hand when ever the fingers become uncomfortably chilled.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a novel finger mitten that may be quickly and easily slipped on and ofi the fingers of a gloved hand to provide added warmth and protection to those members.
Another object of this invention is to provide a simple, low-cost finger mitten that is convenient to wear and does not appreciably interfere with the movements of the hand.
These and other objects of the invention, along with further features and advantages thereof Will become more readily apparent upon a detailed description of a preferred embodiment of the invention taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, in which the sole FIGURE is a View in perspective showing the novel mitten as it is worn on a gloved hand.
The illustrated embodiment of the invention includes a flexible mitten or sheath 10 of leather, rubber, or other pliable material that is suitably weather-proof and serviceable in an article of hand wear. The sheath 10 preferably is somewhat flattened to follow the contour of the hand and is formed with an opening 12 through which the fingers are inserted. As appears in the drawing, the sheath is designed to be Worn in combination with a conventional glove 14 and is fashioned to encase ice only the four fingers and knuckles which enlarge the girth of the gloved hand.
T 0 keep the sheath in place and to form a snug seal with the underlying glove 14, an elastic band 16 may be sewn into the mitten around the marginal edge of the opening 12. The material of the body of the sheath is gathered as it approaches the band 16 so that the size of the opening is reduced as compared to the width of the body. For a proper fit and to insure the greatest measure of comfort, the sheath should be sufliciently long so that when worn the elastic insert will pass across. the palm at the level of the thumb crotch and over the back of the hand above its enlarged knuckle portion. When worn in this manner, the fingers are free to move within the sheath and the knuckles cooperate with the elastic insert to hold the mitten in place.
While the mitten shown is fabricated from a pair of opposing panel members marginally connected to one another as by a seam 18, it will be understood that certain variations may be made to the actual construction. For instance, the body portion 10 may be a one-piece affair molded from rubber or plastic material or may be fashioned with front and rear panel members connected by a narrow strip extending about the periphery of the mitten.
For added warmth, the mitten may be lined with wool or other insulating material. Furthermore difierent materials may be used in the front and rear panels. For example, the front panel being naturally subject to greater wear may be made from leather while the rear panel may be a woolen fabric. Obviously the mitten may be made up in a number of difi'erent sizes according to the customary practice.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim and desire to obtain by Letters Patent of the United States is:
A new and improved finger mitten comprising a lined body having front and back panels connected to each other by marginal seams and forming a sheath flattened to follow the contour of the hand, enclosing only the knuckles and excluding the thumb and the back of the hand, the sheath presenting at its open end an elastic binding, the panels of the mitten being of suflicient length to locate the binding adjacent to the enlarged knuckle portion of the hand so that it passes snugly across the palm at the level of the thumb crotch.
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