US 3229692 A
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Jan. 18, 1966 CREED 3,229,692
MEN'S SUPPORTER Filed May 22, 1964 FIG. 1. 2.
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Patented Jan. 18, 1966 3,229,692 MENS SUPPORTER Oaklee R. Creed, 815 S. College St, Waxahachie, Tex. Filed May 22, 1964, Ser. No. 369,380 2 Claims. (Cl. 128-153) This invention relates to a novel mens supporter for bathing trunks, shorts, and the like.
The primary object of the invention is the provision of a generally superior and more protective device of the kind indicated, which offers more effective protection than fabric and similar material devices when engaged in contact sports and the like; and which insures a more acceptable appearance.
Another object of the invention is the provision of a simpler and more sanitary device of the character indicated above, which is adapted to be fabricated of plastics or light weight metals, and which is adapted to be worn as a free insert between the body of the wearer and tight trunks or shorts and the like, or secured in a suitable manner to the inner surface of the garment.
Other important objects and advantageous features of the invention will be apparent from the following description and the accompanying drawings, wherein, for purposes of illustration only, a specific form of the invention is set forth in detail.
In the drawings:
FIGURE 1 is a schematic perspective view showing bathing trunks, worn by a man, and equipped with a supporter of the present invention, shown in phantom lines;
FIGURE 2 is an enlarged front elevation of the supporter;
FIGURE 3 is a rear elevation of FIGURE 2;
FIGURE 4 is a horizontal section taken on the line 4-4 of FIGURE 3; and
FIGURE 5 is a side elevation of the supporter, showing the same in relation to the front of the trunks.
Referring in detail to the drawings, the numeral generally designates a pair of swimming trunks, and the numeral 12 a supporter, in accordance with the present invention, secured in place behind the front panel 14 of the trunks, and in contact with the wearers body.
The supporter 12, preferably formed of a single piece of plastic, comprises a vertically elongated and upwardly tapering receptacle 16, of substantially semi-circular cross section, having a convex front surface 18 and a concave rear surface 20. The receptacle 16 is formed of a thickness or gauge or of material affording relatively gr at rigidity.
The receptacle 16, as shown in FIGURE 5 tapers also upwardly and rearwardly and has preferably straight side edges 22, which are normally perpendicular. At its upper end, the wall of the receptacle is curved upwardly and rearwardly to the side edges, so as to define a rounded concave closure 24, for the upper end of the receptacle.
At the lower end of the receptacle 16 is formed a cup 26, which has convexly rounded side edges 28 which reach rearwardly beyond the straight side edges 22. The cup 26 is designed to protectively receive the wearers testicles, with the organ extending upwardly in the receptacle 16. The side edges 28, as seen in FIGURE 4, are curved laterally inwardly toward each other, to a straight transverse horizontal edge 30, whereby the testicles are retained within the cup 26.
Flat coplanar wings 32 extend laterally outwardly from the straight side edges 22 of the receptacle 16, and extend downwardly from the upper end of the receptacle, as far as the cup 26. The wings are formed of a thickness or gauge or of material affording relatively great flexibil y and resilience, as compared to the receptacle 16,
so as to provide for supportive conformance thereof to the contours of the body of the wearer at the opposite sides of the genitals. The Wings 32 also serve to provide frictional contacts with the body of the wearer and with the inner surface of the trunks 10, which, in the case of the close-fitting trunks 19, act to hold the supporter in place, as well as offering additional protection to the body of the wearer, in the area of the genitals.
While the drawings show the supporter 12 in use as a free insert between the wearers body and the front panel 14 of the trunks 10, it will be understood that the invention also contemplates any suitable securement or installation in the front panel of a nether garment.
The wings 32, as shown in FIGURES 2 and 3 are preferably both wider than the receptacle 1t), and share a common straight horizontal upper edge 34, which intersects the upper end of the receptacle 16. The wings have irregularly convexly curved side edges, which are composed of straight outwardly and downwardly angled upper portions 36, convexly curved intermediate portions 38, and straight, downwardly and laterally inwardly angled lower portions 40.
The supporter 12 is readily kept in a sanitary condition, and where made of plastic material, is desirably resistant to salt and other water damage, as well as corrosion, and tends to readily conform in temperature to the temperature of the body of the wearer, so that the wearer is not made conscious of its presence.
Although there has been shown and described a preferred form of the invention, it is to be understood that the invention is not necessarily confined thereto, and that any change or changes in the structure of and in the relative arrangements of components thereof are contemplated as being within the scope of the invention as defined by the claims appended hereto.
What is claimed is:
1. A supporter of the character described, comprising a vertically-elongated rigid receptacle of substantially semicircular cross-section having opposite side edges and having a convex forward surface and a concave rear surface, said receptacle having an inwardly and upwardlyextending portion at its lower end forming a cup thereon, and flexible and resilient wings extending laterally outwardly from the opposite side edges of the receptacle, said receptacle being formed with a rearwardly and upwardly curved concave-convex closure on its upper end, said wings being wider than the receptacle and having convexly curved outer edges.
2. A supporter of the character described, comprising a vertically-elongated rigid receptacle of substantially semicircular cross-section having opposite side edges and having a convex forward surface and a concave rear surface, said receptacle having an inwardly and upwardlyextending portion at its lower end forming a cup thereon, and flexible and resilient wings extending laterally outwardly from the opposite side edges of the receptacle, said receptacle being formed with a rearwardly and upwardly curved concavo-convex closure on its upper end, said wings being wider than the receptacle and having convexly-curved outer edges extending from the upper end of the receptacle.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,972,275 9/1934 Record 1 128- 158 2,283,684 5/1942 Matthews 128160 3,176,686 4/1965 Barnes 128l32 ADELE M. EAGER, Primary Examiner.