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The back of the glove is made in part of an elasticized material or stretch type knitted material which extends forwardly from above the narrowest portion of the glove and comprises the backs of the finger portions beyond the knuckle to the first joint to facilitate donning the glove. The thumb stall may also be made of the same material. At least one of the finger backs, usually the ring finger, and/or the thumb stall is slit to permit a large stone or decoration of a ring worn on the finger or thumb to project outwardly of the glove so as to be seen. When no ring or one without a projecting stone is worn the slit is closed by overlapping pieces of material which adheres to itself. These pieces are secured to the inner faces of the elasticized or similar material of the glove and finger portions.
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United States Patent Stewart 1 51 Nov. 21, 1972 541 FINGER RING DISPLAY GLOVE Primar y Examiner-Jordan Franklin I I Assistant Examiner--G. V. Larkin  Inventor Sign 653:31 C AztorneyCurtis A. Prangley, Mark H. Clayton, Ed-
' ward U. Dithmar, David A. Vogel, Ronald A. Sandler,  Filed: March 15, 1971 Harold V. Stotland and Harry M. Levy 21 A l. N 4 118 1 pp 12  ABSTRACT 521 US. Cl .Q ..2/163 5 The back Of the Elm is made in Part elasticized  Int. Cl. ..A41d 19/00 material of stretch type knitted material which 58] Field of Search ..2/159, 161 R, 163, 167 tends forwardly from above the narrowest Portion of the glove and comprises the backs of the finger por- [5 6] R f r Cit d 1 tions beyond the knuckle to'the first joint to facilitate donning the glove. The thumb stall may also be made UNITED STATES PATENTS of the same material. At least one of the finger backs, 2,513,030 6/1950 Lazarian ..2/163 x usually the ring g n r h thumb ll is i to 3,597,765 s/1971 Stanton ..2/159 permit a large stone or decoration of a ring worn on 2,724,119 11/1955 Ohman ..2/ 159 the fing r or thumb to project ou wardly of the glove 3,374,487 3/1968 Slimovitz ..2/ 161 R so as to be seen. When no ring or one without a pro- 2,655,662 10/1953 Edler ...2/163 jecting stone is worn the slit is closed by overlapping 2,443,938 6/1948 Wallis ....'.2/159 pieces of material which adheres to itself. These pieces are secured to the inner faces of the elasticized Lindfelt .......2/l67 or similar material, of the glove and finger portions.
2 Claims, 3 -Draw.ing Figures FINGER RING DISPLAY GLOVE BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to gloves, usually of the tailored or semi-tailored style worn by women, which has an opening in the back of the finger parts of the ring finger, or if desired of other fingers, including the thumb, to permit the projection therethrough of large stones or decorative pieces of rings, and the glove is so constructed as to permit it to be put on and removed while wearing a ring incorporating such large stone or decoration.
For almost as long as gloves have been worn for style, warmth or both the wearing of finger rings having large stones or styles have made putting on and removing ordinary gloves difficult or impossible and at best uncomfortable. It has been stylish for people, usually women to wear rings having large stones, such as engagement and dinner rings, or rings having ornate stones or decorations which increase the diameter of the finger where the ring is worn. by one-half or even greater. When such rings are worn it is impossible to put on and wear a snugly tailored glove.
Under contemporary conditions women who wear such rings either remove them to carry them in their purses or they do not weargloves. In cold weather the latter practice is uncomfortable.
The situation has received recognition and many suggestions have been made to solve it, and some have been patented. The usual practice is to slit the back of the finger covering at the location of the ring to permit the rings stone to project through the slit. Various techniques have been used to close the slit including a slide fastener (US. Pat. No. 2,443,938), a buttondown flap (US. Pat. No. 2,724,119), elastic thread or knitting with elastic threads about the opening (US. Pat. No. 2,513,030), and elastic cords adjacent the opening (US. Pat. No. 2,655,662).
None of these solutions recognizes or overcomes the problems encountered in putting on and removing the glove. Frequently in tailored gloves, that part which covers the back of the hand to and sometimes slightly above the wrist is more constricted than that part of the glove fitting across the knuckles. The wearer must constrict or bring together his fingers when inserting them through this portion of the glove. When no rings are worn this is no-problem. It is similarly no problem when rings with no stones or small stones or decorations are worn. But rings with large stones or decorations usually cannot be easily or comfortably passed through such constriction, and consequently many women remove such rings and carry them with a possibility of losing them or having them stolen. The prior art patents mentioned in the preceding paragraph do not solve this problem.
The present invention provides a new and improved glove which permits the wearer to wear and display a ring having a large stone or decoration thereon but also permits the wearer to put such glove on and to remove it with ease and in comfort.
The glove of the present invention provides a closable aperture in the ring or other desired finger including the thumb thereof to accommodate the large stone or decoration to display it in comfort but also provides a means whereby the wearer of such ring may don and remove the glove easily and comfortably and with a minimum risk of dislodging or inadvertently removing the ring.
The principal features of the glove of the present invention are a back made of a knitted elasticized or similar material which stretches to accommodate passage of the ring and a suitable aperture or apertures in the finger portions to permit projection of the-ring stone or decoration for display. This feature also includes themaking, when desired, of the thumb stall of the same knitted elasticized or similar materials.
Another feature is a simple and inexpensive closure to BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIG. I is a perspective view of the glove of the present invention in worn position and showing a displayed ring stone on the ring finger;
FIG. 2 is a fragmentary back plan view of the glove of FIG. 1 and may be considered as being taken along the line 2-2 of FIG. 1, looking in the direction of'the arrows; and
FIG. 3 is a cross sectional view through a finger portion having a slit or aperture to display a rings stone or decoration, showing the slit or aperture closed, and may be considered as taken along the line 3-3 of FIG. 2, lookingin the direction of the arrows.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION In the drawing the reference character'lO designates a glove of the tailored style having-a back portion 12, a palm portion (not seen) of conventional form, four finger stalls 14 and a thumb stall 16. In accordance with conventional glove manufacture fourchettes 18, which are bifurcated pieces between the adjacent fingers of a glove, are arranged between the companionp'airs of in side and outside finger portions 20, 22, and are stitched thereto along their mating margins to provide the usual finger stalls 14. The inside portion 20 is usually integral with the palm portion of the glove, and in conventional glove manufacture the outside portion 22 would be integral with the back portion 12.
In the glove of the present invention a substantial part of the glove back is formed of a separate panel 24. The panel 24 is made of a stretch type material such as a knitted or woven piece made of an elasticized yam or thread. The selected material is compatible in appearance and feel with that of the palm and finger portions which may be of suede, leather, or other materials commonly used in glove manufacture. The panel 24 extends from above the narrow portion or throat 26 of the glove over the knuckles and into the back portions of the fingers at 28. These'portions of the panel are stitched to the fourchettes 18 at 30.
The back finger portions 28 of the panel are slit vertically or along the length of the finger to provide apertures 32 one to one and one-half inch long which open to permit the protrusion of a large stone or decoration on the ring worn on the finger as illustrated without showing a stone or decoration, on the ring finger in FIG. 2. The slits or apertures 32 are preferably bounded by overlapping flaps 34' which may normally close due to the elasticity of the panel material. lf desired the mating faces of the flaps 34 may be covered with narrow strips-36 of self-adhering material such as that marketed under the trademark Velcro; This will insure that the slits or apertures 32 remain closed except when opened to display a ring stone or decoration.
Preferably the panel 24 has ribs 38 formed thereon by appropriately stitching the panel in line with the slits or apertures 32. These ribs provide additional material for the stretching of the panel during donning or removing the glove 10.
The thumb stall 16 is made completely of the same stretch type material as the back panel 24 and is sewn to the inside portion 20 and the panel 24 along seam 40 in conventional position. Between the thumb joint and knuckle the thumb stall 16 is formed with a slit or aperture 42 which may be opened to display a ring stone or decoration worn on the thumb and which may be closed in the manner above described with respect to the finger apertures or slits 32. The material of the thumb stall 16 is seamed at 44 in line with the slit or aperture 42 to complete the stall 16.
The glove 10 of the present invention may have the slits or apertures 32 on all four or selected ones of the finger stalls l4 and may or may not have the thumb slit or aperture 42.
If the wearer of the glove 10 is also wearing a ring on any finger or thumb with the ring having a large and projecting stone or a decoration she will not have to remove the ring to put the glove on. As she inserts her hand into the glove the elasticized material of the panel stretches to accommodate the rings stone or decoration even at the throat 26. This stretching is also facilitated by the ribs 38 in the panel 24 and the seam 44 in the thumb stall 16. When the glove is properly on the stone or decoration will be under overlapping flaps 34 which are opened to permit the stone or decoration to project through the slit or aperture 32, if worn on a finger, or through aperture 42, if worn on the thumb. If the stone or decoration is very large it may be advisable to open the slit or aperture while donning the glove to prevent any binding feeling. Removal of the glove is obviously easily effected.
From the foregoing description it is seen that the advantages set forth for the glove of the present invention are obtained by the arrangement described and illustrated.
1. A dress glove comprising a palm portion, a back portion having inner and outer regions, a plurality of finger stalls each having an inner region and an outer region, and a pair of overlapping flaps on the back of the inner region of at least one of said finger stalls defining a slit-like aperture therebetween, whereby a decoration on a ring worn by a wearer of the glove may project through said aperture between said overlapping flaps, at least the back of the inner region of said one finger stall being formed of stretchable material to cause the flaps to be normally overlapping and to enable said one finger stall to stretch to receive the wearers associated finger and the ring thereon, at least the inner end of said back portion being formed of stretchable material to enable said back portion to stretch to receive the wearers hand and the ring thereon.
2. The dress glove set forth in claim 1, and further comprising a pair of interengaging self-adhering manually-separable strips respectively on the mating faces of said overlapping flaps.