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Publication numberUS3871029 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 18, 1975
Filing dateAug 5, 1974
Priority dateAug 5, 1974
Publication numberUS 3871029 A, US 3871029A, US-A-3871029, US3871029 A, US3871029A
InventorsGeorge A Hollman
Original AssigneeGeorge A Hollman
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Bowling glove
US 3871029 A
Abstract
The glove is primarily designed for a bowler, athlete or worker where it is required that the hand and wrist remain straight or in line without the wrist being permitted to bend. The glove is open at its ends to permit it to be inserted over the fingers and hand and includes a generally rectangular elongated relatively stiff pad engageable with the back side of the hand and wrist to keep the wrist from bending. An elastic band at one longitudinal edge is secured to one longitudinal edge of the pad and has the front portion at the other longitudinal edge thereof secured to the pad. The rear portion of the elastic band is provided with a strap having means for removably securing the band over the hand and wrist to the pad. The portion of the elastic band along the other longitudinal edge between the aforesaid front and rear portions define with the pad an opening therethrough which the thumb of the hand extends when the glove is applied to the hand and wrist.
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United States Patent [1 1 Hollman 1 Mar. 18, 1975 BOWLING GLOVE [76] Inventor: George A. Hollman, 7127 Proctor Ave., Detroit, Mich. 48210 [22] Filed: Aug. 5, 1974 21 Appl. No.: 494,502

Primary Examiner-Geo. V Larkin Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Cullen, Settle, Sloman & Cantor [57] ABSTRACT The glove is primarily designed for a bowler, athlete or worker where it is required that the hand and wrist remain straight or in line without the wrist being permitted to bend. The glove is open at its ends to permit it to be inserted over the fingers and hand and includes a generally rectangular elongated relatively stiff pad engageable with the back side of the hand and wrist to keep the wrist from bending. An elastic band at one longitudinal edge is secured to one longitudinal edge of the pad and has the front portion at the other longitudinal edge thereof secured to the pad. The rear portion of theelastic band is provided with a strap having means for removably securing the band over the hand and wrist to the pad. The portion of the elastic band along the other longitudinal edge between the aforesaid front and rear portions define with the pad an opening therethrough which the thumb of the hand extends when the glove is applied to the hand and wrist.

9 Claims, 6 Drawing Figures BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention The glove is primarily designed for use by bowlers or other athletes where it is required to maintain the hand and wrist straight. The glove can be utilized by beginning bowlers in order to teach them correct techniques on how the wrist must remain straight for effective bowling. The glove forms a restriction on the hand and wrist and keeps the wrist straight at all times.

2. Description of the Prior Art Various types of athletic gloves have been utilized heretofore. However, none of them have been provided with a rigid stiffening element and with an elastic band having a strap armed with interlocking loop and hook fabric material which is adapted to engage corresponding material provided on the pad in order to maintain the glove on the hand and wrist, with the elastic band conforming to the shape of the hand and wrist.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION A feature of the invention is providing a glove which is open at its ends to permit it to be inserted over the fingers and hand of a bowler or the like and is adapted to extend along the hand and wrist for preventing the wrist from bending. The glove includes a generally rectangular elongated relatively stiff pad engageable with the back side of the hand and wrist to keep the wrist and hand straight andan elastic band securedat one longitudinal edge thereof to one longitudinal edge of the pad.

A further feature of the invention is in providing a pad which includes a pair of layers of sheet material having interposed therebetween a relatively flat stiffen- .ing element, with the mating edges of the layers being secured together to enclose the stiffening element. The front portion of the elastic band along the other longitudinal edge thereof is secured to the pad. The rear portion of the band is provided with means for removably securing the band over the hand and wrist to the pad. With such a construction the portion of the pad along the other longitudinal edge between the front and rear portions define with the pad an opening through which the thumb of the hand extends when the glove is applied to the hand and wrist.

Another feature of the present invention is to provide a glove including a strap attached to the free edge of the elastic band with the strap having a portion of the surface thereof armed with first interlocking loop and hook fabric material. The top side of the pad also is armed with second interlocking loop and hook fabric material. With such a construction the first fabric material on the strap is engageable with the second fabric material to secure the glove on the hand.

Still another feature of the present invention is to provide a glove wherein the flat stiffening element is formed of plastic material.

A further feature of the present invention is to provide a glove wherein the layers of sheet material are formed of Vinyl plastic material.

A still further feature of the present invention is to provide a glove wherein the pad includes a yieldable or soft cushion between said stiffening element and the layeradjacent the hand and wrist.

Another feature of the present invention is to provide a glove wherein the elastic band is made from a porous fabric material which stretches in several directions to conform the elastic band to the shape of the hand and wrist.

IN THE DRAWING:

FIG. 1 is a plan view of the glove applied to the hand;

FIG. 2 is a front view of the glove;

FIG. 3 is a back view of the glove.

FIG. 4 is a longitudinal sectional view taken on line 4-4 of FIG. 2;

FIG. 5 is a transverse sectional view taken on the line 5-5 of FIG. 2; and

FIG. 6 is a transverse sectional view through the glove and strap taken on the line 6-6 of FIG. 2 and showing the interlocking loop and hook fabric material means.

DESCRIPTION OF A PREFERRED EMBODIMENT The glove 10 is illustrated in FIG. 1 applied to the hand H. The glove 10 is elongated and is adapted to snugly fit the hand and wrist as illustrated. The glove 10 includes an elongated and relatively stiff pad 12 which overlies and engages the back side of the hand and wrist and an elastic fabric type band 14 having a strap 16 thereon, with the fabric band 14 engaging the front side of the hand and wrist and conforming to the shape thereof as shown in FIG. 1.

The relatively rigid pad 12 is of rectangular configuration and comprises front and'back layers 18 nd 20 respectively of sheet material such as Vinyl. The layers 18 and 20 may be made from one piece as illustrated and folded at 22 as shown in FIG. 4 to form a pair of layers or may be made from two separate pieces which are superimposed together and secured throughout the entire periphery thereof. The layers 18 and 20 are spaced apart (FIG. 4) and located within the space 21 is a relatively rigid stiffening element 22 made, as an example, from a plastic material such as polyethylene and a soft and yieldable cushion 24 made, as an example, from sponge rubber or other yieldable material. The soft cushion 24 abuts the front layer 18 which in use is against the hand and wrist.

The stiffening element 22 and cushion 24 are each elongated and of generally rectangular configuration and are placed between the layers 18 and 20 after which time the layers are stitched at 26 along the longitudinal edges and stitched at 28 along the transverse adjacent edges of the layers noted in FIGS. 2 and 3.

The elastic fabric band 14 has a length slightly less than the pad 12 and may be made from any of the com mercially available stretchable fabric materials on the market such as Lykra. The band 14 has a longitudinal edge 30 secured by stitching throughout its longitudinal extent to one longitudinal edge of the pad 12. The front portion 32 of the band 14 at the other longitudinal edge of the elastic band 14 is secured at 34 by stitching to the pad 12.

The rear portion 36 of the band 14 at the other longitudinal edge of the elastic band is removably secured to the pad 12 by fastening means to be subsequently described. The elastic band 14 is cut away at 40 and is not secured to the pad 12. Thus the intermediate cut-a-way portion 40 of the elastic band 14 forms with the pad 12 an opening 42 through which the thumb extends as illustrated in FIG. 1. The strap 16 is secured to the elastic band 14,by stitching as indicated by the numeral 44 in FIGS. 2 and 3.

In accordance with the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the strap 16 and a matching portion 46 on the back side of the pad 12 are provided with strips 48 and 50 formed from fabric material, such as nylon tape, wherein the fabric surface is covered with minute hooks and minute loops respectively. When a hook armed fabric surface is pressed into contact with a loop armed surface, the respective surfaces lock together and can be peeled apart only by the exertion of a certain amount of force.

It should be appreciated that the fabric of strip 48 may be hook armed or loop armed, but that in any event the strip 50 should be equipped with the opposite armament. In accordance with the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the strip 48 is hook armed and the strap 50 is loop armed. The loops can be easily discerned by the fact that they form a pile surface; while the hooks form a surface that is harsh and unyielding to the touch. A commercial form of this fabric structure is known as VELCRO. The strips of fabric 48, 50 are fastened to the strap 16 and pad 12 by stitching 52 or by other conventional means such as adhesive.

VELCRO (VELCRO S.A., Fribourg, Switzerland) is a velvet type fabric comprising a structure including a plurality of auxiliary warp threads of a synthetic resin material in the form of raised pile threads, the terminal portions of which are at least in part in the form of material-engaging hooks; US. Pat. No. 2,717,437.

The elastic fabric 12 is of two way stretchable material used in body garments.

What I claim as my invention is:

1. A glove open at its ends to permit it to be inserted over the fingers and hand of a bowler or the like and adapted to extend along the hand and wrist for preventing the wrist from bending comprising a generally rectangular elongated relatively stiff pad engageable with the back side of the hand and wrist to keep the wrist and hand straight and an elastic band secured at one longitudinal edge thereof to one longitudinal edge of said pad, said pad including a pair of layers of sheet material having interposed therebetween a' relatively fiat stiffening element, the mating edges of said layers being secured together to enclose said stiffening element, the front portion of said band along the other longitudinal edge thereof being secured to said pad, the rear portion of said band having means for removably securing the band over the hand and wrist to said pad, the portion of said pad along said other longitudinal edge between said front and rear portions defining with said pad an opening through which the thumb of the hand extends when the glove is applied to the hand and wrist.

2. The glove according to claim 1 wherein said means include a strap having a portion of the surface thereof armed with first interlocking loop and hook fabric material, the top side of said pad also being armed with second interlocking loop and hook fabric material, said first fabric material on said strap being engageable with said second fabric material.

3. The glove according to claim 2 wherein said elastic band is made from a porous material which stretches in several directions to conform to the shape of the hand.

4. The glove according to claim 2 wherein said flat stiffening element is made from polyethylene, said layers of sheet material being formed from vinyl plastic material, a soft and yieldable cushion interposed between said stiffening element and the layer adjacent the hand and wrist, said elastic band being made from a porous material which stretches in several directions in order to conform to the shape of the hand.

5. The glove according to claim 4 wherein said mating edges of said layers are secured together by stitchmg.

6. The glove according to claim 1 wherein said fiat stiffening element is formed of plastic material.

7. The glove according to claim 6 wherein said layers of sheet material are formed of vinyl plastic material.

8. The glove according to claim 1 wherein said pad includes a yieldable cushion between said stiffening elable cushion is formed of sponge rubber material.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification2/161.1, 2/917, 473/62
International ClassificationA63D5/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63D5/00, Y10S2/917
European ClassificationA63D5/00