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Publication numberUS3074074 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 22, 1963
Filing dateOct 6, 1959
Priority dateOct 6, 1959
Publication numberUS 3074074 A, US 3074074A, US-A-3074074, US3074074 A, US3074074A
InventorsLovering Henry D
Original AssigneeLovering Henry D
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Combined garment and tow harness
US 3074074 A
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Jan. 22, 1963 H. D. LOVERING 3,074,074

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Jan. 22, 1963 H. D. LOVERING 3,074,074

COMBINED GARMENT AND TOW HARNESS Filed Oct. 6, 1959 2 Sheets$heet 2 3," M=,?d Patented Jan. 22, 1963 Free 3,074,674 COMBINED GARMENT AND TOW HARNESS Henry D. Levering, holsters Mills, Maine Filed Get. 6, 1959, Ser. No. 844,791 6 Claims. (1. 2-94) The present invention relates to garments such as a shirt, coat, or vest to be worn by a person who may have to tow a heavy object.

While garments in accordance with the invention are adapted for a wide range of uses, the objectives of the invention are best illustrated by hunters garments made in accordance therewith. Those who hunt such game as deer usually have a diflicult problem whenever they are successful. Often the deer is shot a considerable distance from a road and as it is unsafe to carry a dead deer, they are customarily dragged. Even when companions are available to take turns, dragging out a deer is exhausting work as the deers legs, head, and horns, if a buck, readily catch on the various obstructions which are usually abundant in areas inhabited by deer. is by himself, the dragging out operation is even more diflicult and exhausting as the successful hunter must carry his firearm in addition to the load represented by the towed carcass.

The principal objective of the invention is to provide a garment having a tow line so incorporated therein that it is a built-in tow harness always available for the hunter simply by attaching the line to the deer so that it may be hauled from the woods with maximum ease and convenience. This objective is attained by providing, in combination, a garment such as a coat, shirt, or vest, and a tow. The tow has a pair of sections which extend forwardly through the back of such a garment and upwardly and over and downwardly around and under respective ones of the armholes and, preferably, transversely of the garments back. Each section is attached to the inner surfaces of the garment so that it is held by the garment as a tow harness loop for receiving a respective one of the shoulders of the wearer.

With such a garment, the tow line may be attached to the deer or other object to be towed and the garment, when worn, then functions as a comfortable and efficient towing harness. When not in use, the external portions of the tow may be stored within a pocket, preferably a part of a flap, whose free end is detachably secured to the garments back and disposed and dimensioned for use as a hood with the pocket turned inside out.

In the accompanying drawings, there is shown an illustrative embodiment of the invention from which these and other of its objectives, novel features and advantages will be readily apparent.

In the drawings:

FIG. 1 is a side elevation of a shirt in accordance with the invention illustrating its use by a hunter in dragging a deer,

FIG. 2 is a front elevation of the shirt, on an increased scale, the shirt being open,

FIG. 3 is a rear elevation of the shirt, and

FIG. 4 is a vertical section showing the left half of the shirt.

The generally indicated hunters shirt 5 may be conventionally made and is shown as consisting of a shoulder or yoke part 6 and front and back parts 7 and 8, respectively, sewn together and providing armholes 9 to which sleeves 10 are stitched. A collar 11 is attached to the yoke and front parts and the free edges of the latter are detachably interconnected as by complemental slide fastener parts 12 and 13.

In accordance with the invention, a generally indicated tow 14 has a pair of sections 15 extending freely through When a hunter the back part 8 which is shown as having a pair of transverse, reenforced slits 16, one for each section 15. The slots 16 are spaced and located over approximately the middle part of a respective one of the proximate edges of the shoulder blades. The sections 15 are shown as together comprising a loop and each is disposed upwardly and forwardly and downwardly around a respective one of the armholes 9 and transversely of the back part 8. The sections 15 are joined together as at 17 outside the shirt and, inside it, the sections are secured thereto. It is preferred that the sections be anchored to each seam they transverse as by bar stitching and, between the seams, it is preferred that the sections be so attached to the garment as to hold them smoothly and securely in place to prevent their catching when the garment is being donned.

The tow 14, which may be of any suitable material with narrow webbing being shown and preferred, usually is of considerable length. In order that it may be stored to be conveniently available, an upwardly opening pocket 18 is provided on the inner surface of a depending flap 19 at the lower part thereof. The flap 19 may also be joined to the shirt by the seam between the yoke and back parts. The flap 19 covers the slits l6 and near its lower edge, it carries snap fastener elements 20 detachably engageable with complemental elements 21 (see FIG. 3), on the back part 8. The pocket 18 and its flap 19 are so dimensioned and arranged that the pocket may be turned inside out to be worn as a hood. The pocket 18 is of sufficient size to accommodate other articles that the hunter may wish to have with him.

When a deer 22 is to be dragged from the woods, best results are attained by passing the free end of the tow M through a slit in the lower jaw, through slits in the hooks of both hind legs and then through corresponding slits in both front legs. The deer is then pulled together compactly, approximately as shown, and the length of the tow adjusted to provide a distance between hunter and deer that permits easiest travel. In this connection, it will be noted that the zone where the tow line sections 15 pass through the back of the garment is selected to prevent the garment from being subjected to garment disturbing or straining pulls when the built-in tow harness is put to use.

I claim:

1. In combination, a garment such as a shirt, coat, or vest, to be worn by a person who may have to tow a heavy object, said garment including a back and front and having arm holes, and a tow including a pair of sections, each extending forwardly through the central zone of the back of the garment upwardly and forwardly over and downwardly around and under a respective one of the armholes thereof and transversely of said back, each section including portions interiorly of said garment, and means attaching said portions to the inner surface of the garment beginning in a zone spaced from its entry through said back near the upper part of an appropriate one of the armholes so that each constitutes a tow harness loop within the garment.

2. In combination, a garment such as a shirt, coat, or vest, to be worn by a person who may have to tow a heavy object, said garment including a front and a back and having arm holes, the central part of the back of said garment having a pair of laterally spaced slits, each near the middle of the approprite one of the proximate shoulder blade covering portions, and a tow including a pair of sections, portions of each section extending forwardl freely through an appropriate one of said slits and means attaching said portions to the inner surface of the garment in a zone near the upper part of an appropriate one of the armholes so that each functions as a tow harness loop within the garment.

3. In combination, a garment such as a shirt, coat, or

vest, to be worn by a person who may have to tow a heavy object, said garment including a front and a back and having arm holes, said back having a pair of slits, and a tow including a pair of sections, each extending forwardly through the slits in the back of the garment, each section including portions interiorly of said garment, and means attaching said portions to the inner surface of the garment in a zone above its entry through said back near the upper part of an appropriate one of the armholes so that each section constitutes a tow harness loop within the garment for receiving a respective one of the shoulders of the wearer, the back of said garment including a depending flap overhanging the zone of passage of said sections therethrough, said flap including an upwardly opening rearwardly disposed pocket for receiving the part of the tow that is outside the garment.

4. In combination, a garment such as a shirt, coat, or vest, to be worn by a person who may have to tow a heavy object, said garment including a front and a back and having arm holes, said back having a pair of slits, and a tow including a pair of sections, each extending forwardly through the slits in the back of the garment, each section including portions interiorly of said garment, and means attaching said portions to the inner surface of the garment in a zone above its entry through said back near the upper port of an appropriate one of the armholes so that each section constitutes a tow harness loop within the garment for receiving a respective one of the shoulders of the wearer, the back of said garment including a depending flap overhanging the zone of passage of said sections therethrough, said flap including an upwardly opening rearwardly disposed pocket for receiving the part of the tow that is outside the garment, said pocket being below the zone where the sections pass through said back.

5. In combination, a garment such as a shirt, coat, or vest, to be worn by a person who may have to tow a heavy object, said garment including a front and a back and having arm holes, said back having a pair of slits, and a tow including a pair of sections, each extending forwardly through the slits in the back of the garment, each section including portions interiorly of said garment, and means attaching said portions to the inner surface of the garment in a zone above its entry through the back near the upper part of an appropriate one of the armholes so that each section constitutes a tow harness 100p within the garment for receiving a respective one of the shoulders of the wearer, the back of said garment being provided with a depending flap overhanging the zone of passage of said sections therethrough, means detachably securing the lower end of said flap to said back, said flap including an upwardly opening pocket proximate to said back dimensioned and disposed to receive that part of the tow that is outside the garment.

6. In combination, a garment such as a shirt, coat, or vest, to be worn by a person who may have to tow a heavy object, said garment including a front and a back and having arm holes, said back part having a pair of slits, and a tow including a pair of sections, each extending forwardly through the slits in the back of the garment, each section being attached to the inner surface of the garment in a zone above its entry through the back near the upper part of an appropriate one of the armholes so that each section constitutes a tow harness loop within the garment for receiving a respective one of the shoulders of the wearer, the back of said garment being provided with a depending fiap overhanging the zone of passage of said sections therethrough, means detachably securing the lower end of said flap to said back, said flap including an upwardly opening pocket proximate to said back dimensioned and disposed to receive that part of the tow that is outside the garment, and to function as a hood when the flap is detached and the pocket turned inside out.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,845,099 Popelakova Feb. 16, 1932 2,371,778 Rouse Mar. 20, 1945 2,568,304 Schoenbrun Sept. 18, 1951 2,592,771 Wampler Apr. 15, 1952 2, 5,l33 Mullin .Oct. 7, 1958 2,931,629 Keller (APT. 5, 1960

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Classifications
U.S. Classification2/94, D02/853, 224/184, D02/725, 182/3
International ClassificationA01M31/00, A41D13/00
Cooperative ClassificationA41D13/0012, A01M31/00
European ClassificationA01M31/00, A41D13/00P