US 3823418 A
A camouflage apparatus to disguise the face and neck areas of hunters is disclosed in the form of a netting having areas or patches defined by various shades of the color green throughout the netting. The netting includes wing-like end portions which are connected together by a loop and pile clasp system at the back of the user's neck. Pockets sewn into the upper portion of the netting are arranged to receive ear lugs of eyeglasses by which the netting is at least partially supported. Openings in the netting are aligned with the lens area of the glasses. Additional netting material extends upwardly from the lug receiving pockets in the manner that a portion of the netting is used to camouflage the forehead and temple areas of the user's head.
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nn 3,823,418 1 July 16, 1974 1 1 CAMOUFLAGE APPARATUS  inventor: Frank R. Piper, Delmont, Pa.
 Assignee: Penn's Woods Products, Inc.,
 Filed: Jan. 18, 1973  Appl. No.: 324,734
[$2] [1.8. C1. Z/206, 2/9  Int. Cl A421) 1/18  Field 01' Search 2/206, 9, 4, 171, 173, 2/52; 223/105  References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 766.426 8/1904 Comstock 2/4 1,584,012 5/1926 Cocroft 2/9 2,495,436 1/1950 Wcstcolt ct a1 2/52 2,669,717 2/1954 Diggs 2/9 FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 12.715 9/1915 Great Britain 2/206 OTHER-PUBLICATIONS Research Bolster ng Velcro, The Financial Post, 2-l- Pn'mary Examiner-James R. Boler Assistant Em 'niner-Peter Nerbun Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Brown, Murray. Flick &
Peckham I 57] ABSTRACT A camouflage apparatus to disguise the face and neck areas of hunters is disclosed in the form of a netting having areas or patches defined by various shades of the color green throughout the netting. The netting includes wing-like end portions which are connected together by a 100p and pile clasp system at the back of the users neck. Pockets sewn into the upper portion of the netting are arranged to receive ear lugs of eyeglasses by which the netting is at least partially supported. Openings in the netting are aligned with the lens area of the glasses. Additional netting material extends upwardly from the lug receiving pockets in the manner that a portion of the netting is used to camouflage the forehead and temple areas of the users head.
8 Claims, 2 Drawing Figures BACKGROUND OF THE lNVEm ters or the like to camouflage the headportionoftlrir body, particularly the face and neck areas. whi educk hunting or hunting other wild game. sptxtsmempartio ularly when hunting water foul and turkey, and deer with bow, have found it highly desirahiezmdeven necessary in many instances to camouflage timirprcscnce in an effort to avoid detection by the game they are hunting, at least until the game comeswithin range of the sportsmen. The extent of the that may be employed varies with the individual hunter's belief and the particular surroundings, but it has nevertheless been found particularly desirable ifsome form of camouflage can be provided toavoiddetection and particularly reflected sunlight from the faceand neck portions of the sportsman.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENHON It is an object of the present invention to provide: camouflage apparatus for use by hunters or thelike to disguise and avoid detection of the hunter's presence by wild game.
It is a further object of the present invention to provide a camouflage apparatus including a multi-color netting to camouflage the facial area ofhunters which is constructed for adjustable attachment to a frame to form an apparatus which can be comfortably worn by the hunter without distorting his vision lt is still a further object of the present inventionto provide a camouflage apparatus includinga muiti-color netting which is const ucted with wing-like flap portions having clasp means for securing the flap portions together so that the netting loosely encircles the hunters neck to thereby hang comfortably wbennotinuse to camouflage his facial area.
More specifically, an object of the present invention is to provide a camouflage apparatus formse by hunters in the form of a multi-color netting whichkattacbed to the ear lugs of eyeglass frames one: like, from" 2 Wilercomeetionofthewingedendportion efllle These featuresand advantages ofthe present invent'ur as well as others will be me fully understood 5 Illen the following description is read in light of the acmmmnymg' drawings, in which:
FIG. I is a perspective view of the preferred form of it: present invention; and
FIG. 2 's a sectiorurl view taken along line Il-ll of In FIG. I;
with reference now to FIG. I of the drawings. there a illustrated camtxtflage apparatus according to the present invention in the form of a cotton or nylon type of netting which has been cut into a preselected IS slnpc. The actual shape of the netting is not of paramount importance, but nevertheless a keystone-like shape was found to produce very acceptable results. 'lhenetting is dyed or otherwise made with patches 12 defined by different shades and/or colors of irregular- Shaped stripes 14 which isolate the patches 12 from each other. The patches are dyed or otherwise made in the form of different shades of a selected color, preferably the color is various shades of green so as to blend in with the surroundings in an outdoor setting.
The netting has a lower edge 16 extending below the neck of a sportsman and defined by a seam sewn along the lower terminal edge of the netting so as to prevent unraveling or an unweaving of the netting material. The actual width of the netting is made long enough so that i defines a frontal portion 20 which is continued by side portions 22, each of which is, in turn, continued by endflap portions 24. The shape of the end flap portions isgenerally triangular such that the top edge 26 forms the'hypotenuse of the triangle. A clasp system is used to attach the ends 24 together at the back portion of the neck of the wearer. In the preferred form, the clasp system comprises a pad-like member 28 stitched onto one and 24 and consisting of a plurality of stiff plastic hooks. To the other end 24 there is attached by stitchim inga pad of plastic pile material 30. 'lhe form of the clasp members shown in the drawings is characterized further by the feature that when brought into contact .anrfiigirt pressure is applied between the members they arefinnly attached together. Many other forms of clasp where the netting extends upwardly beyond the fore 5 mm may be used to anach thc ends 24 togethen head of the user and downwardly beyond the-neck por tion. In the preferred form, the netting ispwvidedwith wing-like ends which have clasp membersthatareoonnected together at the rearward part of the user-smelt.
patches or areas defined by various shadesofa pm As previomly indicated, the overall shape of the nettang 10, when laid out on a flat surface. may be best characterized as in the shape of a keystone wherein the lected color, the netting including wing end M3 i he m i i h netting k.
end portions together so that part of the netting encircles the user's neck, pockets sewn into the upperportion of the netting for receiving ear lug stems of eyeglass frame and additional netting materialcxtending upwardly from the location of this frame so that the user may position the additional netting min! to camouflage the forehead and temple arand'thetaers head, and openings in the netting alignedwiththelem portion of the eyeglass frame.
smJfi. Each of the pockets is dimensioned to receive thehgportions38 forming part ofthe frame ofa pair ofeyeglzmes 40. This frame need not include lenses,
in the glass or frame, thereby avoiding obstruction or 5 olhen-tsehandicappingthe iewofthespottsman.
apparatus according to this inventinuisput 'mto use by first locating the netting upon the may that the openings 38 are aligned with the lens portion. After this occurs. the user places the glasses on his face in the usual manner, thereby locating the netting so that it extends downwardly across the remaining portion of his face and including the neck portion. The upper edge of the netting is made wide enough so that it can extend upwardly beyond his forehead and underneath a hat when conventionally positioned on the head of the sportsman. The flap portions 24 are each drawn around the sportsmans neck so that at the back thereof. the clasp members 28 and 30 are brought into operative contact with each other. Since the pockets 34 receive the lugs 38. the netting may be moved'thereon to position the openings in the netting independently of the frame.
Those skilled in the art will appreciate that various other shapes and outlines of webbing material may be used and that the webbing may be attached to the lug portions of the sunglasses in different manners than that illustrated and described in the drawings.
Although the invention has been shown in connection with a certain specific embodiment, it will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art that various changes in form and arrangement of parts may be made to suit requirements without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.
lclaim as my invention:
1. A camouflage apparatus for use by a sportsman while hunting wild game, said apparatus comprising:
a frame including two side members for positioning on the head of said sportsman,
a netting having terminal end portions and openings in the netting for unobstructing the vision of the sportsman, said netting including patches of preselected colors.
4 clasp meansattaehed tosaid terninal end in suchamannerthataportionofsaidnettingcncircles the neclt of the sportsman, and attached means included in the netting slidably receiving said side members for moving said opening in the netting independently of said frame. 2. A camouflage apparatus according to claim I wherein said attachment means comprise pockets formed by stitching in the netting for receiving said side members.
6. A camouflage apparatus according to claim 5 wherein said patches 01' preselected colors are defined in said netting by stripes of colors for isolating said patches from each other.
7. A. camouflage apparatus according to claim 6 wherein said netting is defined as having a shape of a keystone when laid out upon a flat surface.
8. A camouflage apparatus according to claim 7 wherein said netting is further defined as having a straight lower terminal edge of camouflaging the neck area of the sportsman.