US 722121 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
No; 722,121. PATENTED MAR. 3, 1903.
- J. L. LUPFER.
SUSPENSORY BANDAGE. APPLICATION PI'LED H0126, 1902.
I/I/ITNESSES: [/VI/ENTOR m: NoRms PEI'ERS co. mom-munv WASHXNGTON, n. c
UNITED STATES PATIENT OFFICE.
SUSPENSORY BANDAG E.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 722,121, dated March 3, 1903. Application filed November 26,1902. Serial No. 132,946. (No model.)
To ctZZ whom it may concern.-
Be it known that I, JAMES LUNDY LUPFER, a citizen of the United States, residing in Swatara township, in the county of Dauphin and State of Pennsylvania, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Suspensory Bandages, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to suspensory bandages, and has for its objects to provide a bandage that is simply and inexpensively con structed, that will be worn with great comfort, and that successfully overcomes the disadvantages of the present style of bandage. These objects I attain by the construction hereinafter described, and illustrated in the drawings, in which- Figure 1 is a side View in perspective of my invention, and Fig. 2 a front view.
Referring to the drawings, in which similar reference characters indicate corresponding parts throughout both views, A represents the top piece, on which is secured the pouch 13, made of knitted, loosely-woven, or gauze fabric.
0 represents the supporting-belt, made of an elastic rope,circular in cross-section,which is passed through hooks D on the ends of the top piece and an elliptical or egg-shaped link E on the posterior edge of the pouch B. Said belt by passing through said hooks D and link E forms loops c and c to surround the wearers legs, while the ends when secured together form a loop 0 to surround the wearers waist. In order to avoid the large knot that would be made by tying the ends of the belt 0 together, I provide a fiat ribbon F at each end of the belt, which may be tied in a bowknot, as shown, or, if desired, be provided with any approved form of buckle. The object of using a belt circular in cross-section is to avoid the inconveniences arising from the use of belts of flat material, which when the skin is moist from copious perspiration will stick and make movements of the body uncomfortable, not to say painful at times, as well as endangering breakage of the belt. By having the belt round this disadvantage is overcome, as well as providing for an easy up-and-down adj ustability of the belt, which will roll on the skin, while a flat belt will twist and form uncomfortable ridges.
In order to tighten the edge of the pouch around the scrotum, I provide a draw-string G, which is passed around the edge of the pouch, through its meshes, and through the link E. The ends of string G are passed through loops H, secured to the top pieces A, and through holes 2' in the triangular plate I, secured to said top piece, after which they are knotted, as shown at K. The triangular plate I is made equilateral in shape and has holes t in each of its three angles, two of which receive the ends of string G, while through the other hole are passed the stitches or other means to secure the plate to the top piece A. It will be readily understood that by this arrangement the device may be tightened or loosened on the wearer without removing his clothes, as the string G not only tightens the edge of the pouch B, but also exerts a tension on the belt 0, which by the adjustable nature of the belt is evenly distributed throughout its length.
I prefer to make the hooks D, link E, loops H, and triangular plate I of non-corrosive material-such as vulcanized rubber, celluloid, &c., or of metal covered with these niaterialsand to prevent the hooks D catching into the clothing of the wearer and tearing them their ends may be covered by a piece of fabric L.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim is- 1. In a suspensory bandage, the combination with a pouch secured to a suitable top piece, of a draw-string through the edge of the pouch, and a triangular plate secured to said top piece having holes therein to receive the ends of said draw-string, substantially as shown and described.
2. In a suspensory bandage, in combination with a top piece and a pouch secured thereto, of an elastic belt, circular in cross- -section,slidably engaged to the pouch at three points, a draw-string through the open edge of said pouch, and a triangular plate secured to said top piece having holes to receive the ends of said draw-string, substantially as shown and described.
of said draw-string, said draw-string eoacting with said belt to adjust its tension when the length of the draw-string is adjusted, substantially as shown and described.
In testimony whereof I hereto affix my signature in the presence of two witnesses.
JAMES LUNDY LUPFER.
WILLIAM H. FRITZ, M. R. HOSTER.