US 3621846 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Nov. 23, 1971 c. c. LEHMAN 3,621,846
MACK II BRIEFS Filed Sept. 22, 1969 flTTOE/VE V United States Patent 3,621,846 MACK II BRIEFS Charles C. Lehman, New York, N.Y., assignor of fractional part interest to Joseph H. Arsenault, New York,
" Filed Sept. 22, 1969, Ser. No. 859,999
1m. 01. A61f 5/40 U.S. Cl. 128-159 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A male undergarment of the brief type having a fabric scrotum support pouch secured to and suspended from a waist band, the pouch having an opening through which the penis extends and a free falling flap partly of pouchlike formation at its lower end disposed in front of the scrotum support pouch and also secured to the waist band. A triangular shaped fabric seat panel is secured at its forward smaller end to the bottom of the scrotum support pouch and at its wide rear end to the back of the waist band. The waist band is formed of side elastic sections secured at their forward ends to the ends of a front central fabric waist band section which carries the scrotum support pouch and the forward free falling flap, the rear ends of the side elastic sections being secured to the corner end portions at the wide rear base of the triangular fabric seat panel which passes between the thighs of the wearer to lie against the buttocks of the wearer.
This invention relates to wearing apparel, and more particularly to an improved mans undergarment of the type known as a brief, that provides a degree of body support for the male genitals which permit free movement of the portions of the body adjacent thereto.
Essentially it is the primary object of this invention to provide such a brief that embodies a separate pouch serving as a suspensory and/or support for the scrotum and testes attached at its upper end to a waist band and at its lower end to the narrow front end of a substantially triangular fabric seat panel designed to fit between the thighs of the wearer and having its wide base secured to the waist band so as to lie against the buttocks of the wearer.
Another object of this invention is to provide the scrotum support pouch with an opening centrally thereof and adjacent the waist band through which the penis extends.
Yet another object of this invention is to provide a free hanging flap having its lower end pouch shaped that is disposed in front of the scrotum support pouch and secured along its upper edge to the upper edge of the waist band.
A further object of this invention is to form the waist band of a central fabric section to which both the scrotum support pouch and the free hanging forward flap is secured, and two side sections of an elastic band having their forward ends secured to the ends of the central fabric section and their rear ends secured to the corner portions of the wide base of the triangular fabric seat panel.
Still another object of this invention is to make the brief of this invention in a variety of sizes adaptable to various size wearers, which is easy to put on and take-off which will provide a high degree of support for the scroturn, that will allow a maximum of free body movement, that is simple in construction requiring a minimum number of stitching operations in the fabrication thereof, and which is easy to launder.
Further objects of the invention will appear as the description proceeds.
To the accompishment of the above and related objects, my invention may be embodied in the form illus- 3,621,846 Patented Nov. 23, 1971 trated in the accompanying drawings, attention being called to the fact, however, that the drawings are illustrative only, and that change may be made in the specific construction illustrated and described within the scope of the appended claims.
A representative example of carrying out the invention, in actual practice, will be described in terms of the procedure for making a typical brief, reference being made to the accompanying drawings, in which:
FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of the brief.
FIG. 2 is a cross section taken on line 22, FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is a detail fragmentary view of the front part of the brief viewed from the rear.
Referring to the drawing in greater detail, the brief 10 is seen to consist of a front scrotum support pouch 12, a front fabric waist band section 14, a free falling flap 16 disposed in front of the scrotum support pouch 12, a triangular shaped fabric seat panel 18, adapted to pass between the thighs of the wearer, and two elastic waist band sections 20, 22 each secured at its ends respectively to the fabric waist band section 14 and to the back of the triangular shaped fabric seat panel 18.
The scrotum support pouch 12 may be made of any suitable woven or knit fabric and is formed of two similar sections 24, 25 of somewhat elliptical shape, each section embodying an upper portion 26 the inner side edge 27 being concave at the lower part of the upper portion as at 28, such that when the two sections 24, 25 are stitched together from the lower point of the concaved edge 28 along the entire extent of the remainder of the inner side edges of the sections 24, 25 as at 30, there will be formed the pouch 12 defining at its front an opening 32 the bottom of which is rounded as at 33. The seam 30 is formed with'the edge portions of the sections 24, 26 of the pouch 12 such that the inside surface of the pouch is smooth and will not present any raised surface that might tend to irritate the skin of the scrotum when lodged in the pouch. The exterior edge of the entire pouch 12 throughout its entire peripheral extent is reinforced by a hem or binding strip 34 stitched in the manner well known.
The front waist band section 14 is formed of woven fabric folded over to form a flat tube open at each end with the longitudinal edges stitched or bound as at 36, 37. The length of the fabric waist band section 14 is such as to exceed the combined width of upper pouch sections 26 and opening 32, as seen in FIG. 3, the upper edge portions of the upper pouch sections 26 being positioned on the outer face of the waist band section 14 and secured thereto by stitching. Each end portion of the fabric waist band section 14 extends equally beyond the outer upper edges of the upper scrotum pouch sections 26, as seen in FIGS. 1 and 2.
Inserted respectively into each open extended end portion of the fabric waist band section 14 is a forward end portion of the elastic waist band sections 20, 22 and secured thereto by the cross-stitching 40. The rear end portions of the elastic waist band sections 20, 22 are respectively secured to the opposite rear corners of the triangular panel seat 18 by cross-stitching as at 42. Preferably the panel seat 18 is formed of two layers of woven fabric and is triangular in shape with the two layers folded over to define the wide rear end 43 of the panel seat. The rear end portions of the elastic waist band sections 20, 22 are inserted between the fabric layers of the panel seat at the corners of the rear end 43 of the panel seat and secured thereto by cross-stitching 42. The forward narrow ends 45, 46 of the two layer triangular panel seat 18 are formed to be in alignment and parallel to the rear edge 43 and are centrally positioned on the rear edge portion of the scrotum support pouch 12 opposite the opening 32, the narrow front end portions 45, 46 receiving therebetween the rear edge portion of the scrotum support pouch and secured thereto by stitching 48, as seen in FIG. 2.
Disposed in front of the scrotum support pouch 12 is the free falling flap 16 that is formed of a double layer of woven fabric similar to the seat panel 18. The flap 16 has a straight horizontal upper edge 50 that is wider than the front of the scrotum support pouch 12 as seen in FIGS. 1 and 3 and of a length so that its lower portion will lie considerably below the bottom of the scrotum support pouch 12. The lower portion of flap 16 is rounded as at 52 with its central portion formed with a triangular out (not shown) such that when the edges thereof are brought together and stitched as at 53 there will be formed a seam 54 providing a pouch formation 55 at the lower end of the flap 16. The side edges of the flap 16 are suitably hemmed and stitched and the upper edge 50 of the flap 16 is secured by the stitching 36 to the upper edge portion of the fabric waist band 14.
The brief of the present invention as described and illustrated will provide greater comfort and support over the conventional forms of briefs now marketed. The instant form of brief minimizes binding, pinching and chafing while at the same time providing anatomically correct support for the scrotum and testes. The penis which extends through opening 32 is free and is not subject to any constriction, binding, etc.; is fully covered and protected by the flap 16 and is comfortably contained and supported by the flap pouch 55. Access to the penis may be readily had by simply lifting and/or moving the flap 16 aside, the flap later being easily restored to its proper covering and support position, as is apparent.
The brief of the present invention may be made entirely of a light-mesh knit or woven fabric or parts thereof may be of knit fabric and other parts of 'woven fabric. The brief may also be made in a variety of sizes as to size of scrotum support pouch, flap size, seat size and waist band size.
What I claim is:
1. A male undergarment comprising:
(a) a fabric scrotum support pouch,
(b) a waist band unit,
(c) upstanding sections laterally spaced apart on the scrotum support pouch secured to the front of the waist band unit defining therewith an opening for the penis at the upper front side of the scrotum pouch,
(d) a triangular shaped fabric panel seat secured at its narrow forward end to the rear side of the scrotum support pouch and at its rear wide end to said waist band unit, and (e) a free falling fabric flap disposed forwardly of the scrotum support pouch and secured at its upper end portion to the front of the waist band unit, the lower edge of said flap communicating with a central vertical slit so to form two depending tabs which overlap each other partly and are stitched together, whereby said free falling fiap forms a concave shield or cover on a front of the penis extending through said opening in the scrotum support pouch when the garment is worn. 2. The male undergarment of claim 1, wherein: (a) at least said scrotum support pouch is formed of a light mesh knit fabric. 3. The male undergarment of claim 2, wherein said waist band unit comprises:
(a) a front woven fabric section, (b) a pair of elastic band sections secured each at its forward end to an end of the front fabric section, and (c) the rear ends of the elastic band sections being secured each to a corner portion of the rear end of the seat panel.
4. The male undergarment of claim 3, wherein:
(a) said free falling flap is formed with a straight upper edge portion secured to the front of said front fabric section of said waist band,
(b) said flap being of a width at its upper end exceeding the combined width of the upstanding sections and opening of the scrotum support pouch and of a length such as to extend below the bottom of the scrotum support pouch.
5. The male undergarment of claim 4, wherein:
(a) said free falling flap is contoured at its lower end portion to provide a shallow pouch to receive and support the penis.
6. The male undergarment of claim 5, wherein:
(a) said free falling flap lies directly in front of and against the scrotum support pouch, and
(b) the lower shallow pouch portion of said flap being rounded.
7. The male undergarment of claim 6 wherein:
(a) said fabric front waist band section is formed of two joined layers,
(b) a forward end of each elastic waist band section being inserted between each end portion of the fabric waist band section, and
(c) cross stitching through each end portion of the fabric waist band section and the inserted elastic waist band section forward end providing securement together.
8. The male undergarment of claim 7 wherein:
(a) said triangular seat panel is of elongated isosceles shape and formed by two folded layers having a fold along a base edge of said seat panel,
(b) each rear end of the elastic waist band sections being inserted between the seat panel layers at the corners along said base edge, and
(0) cross stitching through each said corner and elastic wast band section rear end providing securement together.
9. The male undergarment of claim 8, wherein:
(a) the central rear upper edge portion of the scrotum support pouch is inserted between the free narrow terminal ends of the layered triangular seat panel, and
(b) stitching securing the narrow terminal ends of the seat panel and the central rear upper edge portion of the scrotum pouch together.
10. The male undergarment of claim 9, wherein:
(a) the upstanding sections of the scrotum support pouch are laterally spaced apart having their inner lower edges concavedly merged to define with the upper edge of the pouch body a rounded edge,
(b) said upstanding sections being flat with substantially straight aligned upper edges, and (c) stitching securing each upper edge portion of each upstanding section to the front side of said fabric waist band section.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 713,318 11/1902 Louis 128-158 1,641,094 8/1927 Peterkin 128-158 2,646,572 7/1953 Eudy 128159 X 3,499,442 3/1970 Steinmetz 128159 JEROME SCHNALL, Primary Examiner L. ANTEN, Assistant Examiner US. Cl. X.R. 128-160