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F. SIMPSON. VOLTAIO GLOVE No. 478,293. Patented July 5, 1892.
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FREDERICK SIMPSON, OF BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS.
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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 478,293, dated July 5, 1892.
Application filed March 25, 1892. Serial No. 426,426. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern.-
Be it known that I, FREDERICK SIMPSON, of Boston, in the county of Suffolk and State of Massachusetts, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Galvanic Gloves, of which the following is a specification.
My invention has reference to a new and improved application of the well-known principle that copper and zinc whenconnected and provided with an electrolytic medium will cause a current of electricity to pass from the one element to the other through the medium, and has for its object to apply said principle to gloves, mitt-ens, or other hand-wear, and to this end to provide copper and zinc contacts on the respective fasteningedges of such gloves or -mittens, whereby when the said edges are abutted or fastened such contacts will bear against the flesh and an electric fluid generated which will be applied directly to theinner side of the wristat a point where, as it is well known, the sys tem can be readily acted upon and the most beneficial result attained.
My invention consistsin providing at each edge of the slit where the glove is opened to receive the hand a strip of copper anda strip of zinc, or, if desired, a series of pieces of the respective metals, and connecting the same with a suitable electric conductor. These strips or contacts may be of any suitable form. For instance, I may compose them of copper and zinc wire netting or gauze to permit greater flexibility. The strips or elements are secured to the glove preferably by the fastenings by which the edges are held together. A cloth binding of suitable material incloses the elements to prevent wear of the glove against the wire-gauze or strip, the portion of the binding adjacent to the flesh having cut-out portions to permit contact of the metal with the flesh of the wrist.
In the drawings I have shown several forms which embody the principles of my invention, although it is obvious that I am not confined to the precise construction therein shown.
Figure 1 showsa glove with the elements of wire gauze or netting; Fig. 2, the elements in the form of strips, and Fig. 3 a plurality of copper and zinc pieces.
The glove a, having the customary division b, is provided with the elements 0, placed substantially parallel with and near to the edges of opening I). The elements are connected bysuitable electric conductors g, which inay be wires or other flexible connections. A binding d, of any suitable material, surrounds these elements, but is cut away, as at f, to permit'contact of the elements 0 e with the flesh.
In Fig. 3 I have shown the elements as consisting of a plurality of contact-pieces 0', connected, as shown, copper on one side and zinc on the other, which will give greater flexibility, and in some instances may be used to advantage.
It will be unnecessary to herein set forth the beneficial effects of electric currents upon the human system, as such are well understood by those familiar with the art to which this invention relates, the operation of the device also being apparent.
I claim- 1. The improvement in gloves or other hand wear, consisting of two dissimilar metals, such as copper and zinc, secured to the inner surface of the wrist portion and a connection between the same, whereby when the glove or like article is upon the hand the metals will be in contact with the flesh of the wearer and electric action established, substantially as described.
2. In a glove or like article of hand-wear, wire-gauzestrips or plates of copper and zinc secured therein near the edges of the slit or opening for the hand, a connection of some electric conducting material, a suitable binding for the said metals, and suitable openings in said binding to permit contact of the metals with the flesh, substantially as described.
3. The combination, in gloves or other handwear, of copper and zinc elements 0 e and connections g'whereby the contact of the said elements with the flesh will produce currents of electricity, substantially as described.
In testimony whereof I have signedv my name to this specification, in the presence of two subscribing witnesses, this 21st day of March, A. D. 1892.
C. F. BROWN, A. D. HARRISON.