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Publication numberUS3137863 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 23, 1964
Filing dateApr 2, 1962
Priority dateApr 2, 1962
Publication numberUS 3137863 A, US 3137863A, US-A-3137863, US3137863 A, US3137863A
InventorsHarry J Dimpfl
Original AssigneeHarry J Dimpfl
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Trouser blousing device
US 3137863 A
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June 23, 1964 H. J. DIMPFL TRousER BLoUsING DEVI-CE Filed April 2, 1962 L INVENTOR- Arr'y United States Patent O 3,137,863 TROUSER BLOUSING DEVICE Harry J. Dimpfi, 1348 W. Bryn Mawr, Chicago, Ill. Filed Apr. 2, 1962, Ser. No. 184,439 3 Claims. (Cl. 2--232) This invention relates to a novel means for bulging and blousing the bottoms of trouser legs for use by parachute troops, for example, and also by hunters, engineers and others, particularly for rough outdoor wear.

As now used, the lower edges of trouser legs are stuffed into the tops of boots or relatively high shoes. This produces an unsightly appearance among troops because of the irregular application in the space available between the boot top and trouser leg of the wearer.

A principal object of the invention is therefore to provide a device for blousing a trouser leg bottom without inserting them in the boot tops, thereby also interfering with the circulatory system of the wearer and overcoming the objection as to unsightly appearance because of irregular or non-uniform blousing.

Another object of the invention is to provide simple and inexpensive means which may be left in attachment with the tops of the boots allowing the trouser legs to fall thereover, but providing means for confining the lower edge of a trouser leg at the inside of a resilient member supported by the boot top which also forms a substantially uniform roll for producing the blousing effect.

A still further object of the invention is to provide a device which is ordinarily invisible when properly applied which hold the trouser legs securely and neatly around boot tops; which may be left on the boot tops when it is desired to obviate the blousing effect, to make a positive but releasable holding grip on the boot tops while engaging the trouser legs securely in place, but permitting a yielding movement when a wearer bends or moves other portions of his body.

Still a further object of the invention is to provide a device which is simple in construction, may be easily applied to and taken from the leg and upper edge of a boot and is effective and eticient in attaching the end of each trouser leg and producing a blousing effect therein.

Other objects of the invention will appear in the specification and will be apparent from the accompanying drawing, in which,

FIG. 1 illustrates a boot with a trouser blousing device in accordance with this invention applied to the top of a boot and to the lower end of a trouser leg;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the trouser attaching device and a connector of the blousing spring as used in FIG. l; and

FIG. 3 is a sectional view illustrating the trouser blousing device in connection with the top of a boot or shoe and the bottom of a trouser leg.

This device is particularly useful for Sportsmen, surveyors and others, and is particularly used, for example, by Commando and parachute troops who desire to produce a regular and sightly appearance by uniformly attaching the trouser legs to the tops of boots and shoes as commonly used by all of such wearers.

Referring now more particularly to the drawings, the invention is shown as applied to a boot or shoe having a relatively high upper and usually laced about the lower end of the leg. The top of the shoe thus closely iits the leg of a wearer, but provides space for the inner end 12 of a reversely bent at clip 14 which is slipped over the opposite sides of the upper ends of a shoe top.

Each clip 14 has an outwardly turned gripping end at the extremity of its inner end 2 which presses against the inner side of the shoe when it is applied and in the outer side of the clip is an outward bulge 18 which forms 3,137,833 Patented June 23, 1964 ice a space 20 between the clip and the boot for inserting a rolled or folded cuff or end 22 of one trouser leg. The lower end of each clip, as applied, is formed with an outwardly and upwardly rolled circular portion 24, which need not be entirely closed at the top but is adapted to contain a coil spring 26 therein. The coil spring is circular in `form and has ends 28 which are secured together by being threaded upon a short spring section 30 of slightly smaller diameter, or a similar connecting member, the opposite ends 28 of the coil spring being threaded thereon until they abut and the spring clips 14 being held on the spring 26 by inserting it through the circular portions 24 of the clips, locating the clips at relatively opposite positions thereon.

These coil springs 26 are of the desired cross sectional diameter to produce a bulge when placed at the bottom of a trouser leg 32 and the leg `turned inwardly so that the cuif or end 22 is inserted around a coil spring into the space 20 between the bulged ends of the clip and the top of the boot 10. The springs 26 are sufficiently resilient so that they may be easily applied and removed over a boot or shoe and the clips engaged at the upper edge of the boot as shown in the drawings, and the spring is of suicient size to produce the desired blousing eifect and also to engage the inserted rolled end 22 of the trlouser leg and to hold it tightly in place within the c ips.

The devices may thus be readily drawn upon or removed from the boots or shoes on the feet of the wearer and when the inner ends of the clip are inserted within the top of the shoe, they will engage and hold the clip and also the spring tightly in place, the entire device may be contained within the trouser leg at the top of a boot and ordinarily invisible in the normal use of the trousers, but the device is ready and in place for readily tucking the cuif end of each trouser inwardly in the spring and causing a rounded blousing effect surrounding the shoe and nearly at the top thereof.

The device of this invention may therefore be advantageously used by paratroopers and other military men and also by engineers, Sportsmen, and whoever may desire to hold the ends of the trousers in raised position and to close them against the inadvertent entry of insects and other particles.

While a preferred construction has been described in some detail, it should be regarded as an illustration or example rather than a limitation or restriction of the invention since various changes may be made in the construction, combination and arrangement of the parts without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.

I claim:

1. A trouser leg blousing device for use with boots and shoes, comprising a hollow circular spiral spring with a short spiral spring section threaded within the ends of the first spring to make a circular hollow resilient member to lit around a shoe top and within an upwardly and inwardly turned trouser lower end, the lower portion of a trouser leg looping around the spring, the spring pressing the upwardly turned lower end against the top of the shoe, thus producing an outwardly flared and blousing edect, and a pair of opposite spring mounting clips each having a rounded portion at one end to transversely contain and engage the outside of the spring and extending upwardly with the end thereof bent reversely inward to engage the upper edge of a shoe therein to hold the spring in place.

2. In a trouser blousing device in accordance with claim 1, the upper extending portion of the clip having a lower outward bulge therein partially overlying the circular spring from the bottom and forming a space into which the lower end of a trouser leg may be inserted while the adjacent next lower portion of the trouser leg extends below and upwardly around the spring to produce the blousing effect, the trouser end being resiliently pressed against a boot or shoe to which the clip is attached by the resilient pressure of the spring.

3. In a trouser blousing device in accordance with claim 2, the inner end of the clip being formed with an outward gripping end tending to press the shoe top outl0 CFI References Cited in the tile of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 397,704 Diamond et al Feb. l2, 1889 1,534,917 Clarke Apr, 21, 1925 2,146,190 Luke Feb. 7, 1939 2,983,926 Turner May 16, 1961 FOREIGN PATENTS 505,356 France Dec. 10, 1920

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U.S. Classification2/232, D02/625, 24/72.1, 36/1.5, 2/321
International ClassificationA41D1/06
Cooperative ClassificationA41D1/06, A41F17/00
European ClassificationA41D1/06, A41F17/00