US 722274 A
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. PATENTED MAR; 10 P. S. BAUER.
GARTER. APPLIOATLON FILED JUNE 11, 1902.
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PERRY S. BAUER, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 722,274, dated March 10, 1903.
Application filed June 11, 1902. erial No. 111,136. (No model.)
To all whom, it may concern;
Be it known that I, PERRY S. BAUER, a citizen of the United States, residing at Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Garters, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to novel improvements in garters, particularly adapted for use by men to hold up half-hose; but it may be used by women and children and for holding long stockings, as well as half-hose.
The invention has in view, among other objects, to dispense with the clasps commonly used for attaching the garter to thestocking and to provide a garter of simple construction which can be readily fastened on the leg and which will hold the stocking up evenly and securely.
I provide a band for encircling the leg over the stocking and a supporting-band for encircling the leg above the other band and connected therewith. In the preferred construction of the invention the bands are each made of a strip of tape permanently fastened at one end to the connecting member and provided at its other end with a hook, whereby it may be readily attached to the connecting member; but the invention is not limited to the specific construction of the parts.
I have illustrated in the drawings several forms in which the invention may be embodied, and referring thereto- Figure 1 illustrates the preferred embodiment of the invention as it appears in actual use. Fig. 2 is a similar view showing a slight modification, andFig. 3 shows another form in which the invention may be embodied. Fig. 4 shows a flexible clamp on the connecting member.
Referring to the drawings, in which like numerals of reference designate similar parts in the several figures, one of the bands 10 is fastened around the leg over the stocking, and the other band 11 is fastened around the leg above the stocking to support the lower hand. These bands can be made alike of strips of tape, each being looped at one end '12 and provided with an adjusting device 13. The bands are connected together by means of a member 14, which may consist of a cord in the form of a loop passing through the looped ends 12 of each band. This cord may be in the form of a single loop, as shown. in Fig. 2, or it may be fastened by a clamp 15 to form a double loop, as shown in Fig. 1. The bandtapes are provided at their free ends with hooks 16 of suitable construction to engage with the connecting member to form complete bands, and the construction is such that the.
bands may be used interchangeably at all times if they fit the leg properly when both are adjusted to the same size. The loop connecting member permits the bands to adjust themselves to some extent as strain is applied thereto, because the looped ends of the tapes, as well as the hooked ends, may slide on the connecting member to permit the loop to widen. A further adjustment may be pro-- vided by using an elastic clamp 15, as shown in Fig. 4.
In Fig. 3 I have shown the tapes permanently attached at both ends to the connecting member, which of course necessitates slipping the garter over the foot in putting it on and taking it oif, whereas this is not necessary when the hooks are employed, as shown in Figs. 1 and 2.
The bands and the connecting member may be made of elastic material, if desired; but as the bands can readily be adjusted to the exact size desired it is not necessary that elastic material should be used, and for this reason the garter can be made of material which will wear for a much longer time than elastic material. The garter engages the stocking entirely around the leg and holds it up evenly, so that it will not slip and wrinkle or work down on one side, as frequently happens with the ordinary garter now commonly employed, which is attached to the stocking at one point only by a clasp.
My improved garter is not attached to the stocking at any point, and therefore it cannot tear the stocking, as clasps frequently do.
Having thus fully described my invention, what I claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-
1. Agartercomprisingtwoseparatedbands adapted to be arranged on the leg one above the other with the lower band encircling the leg over the stocking, and a member connecting said bands.
2. A garter comprising two separated bands ICO adapted to be arranged on the leg one above the other with the lower band encircling the leg over the stocking, and a member forming part of and connecting said bands.
3. A garter comprising a connecting member, and two separated and independent tapes each fastened to said connecting member at one end and adapted to be arranged in a band around the leg and fastened at its other end to said connecting member.
4:. A garter comprising a loop member, two tapes each fastened at one end to said loop member and adapted to be arranged in a band around the leg separate from the other band and fastened at its other end to the loop memher.
5. A garter comprising a connecting member in the form of a cord loop, two separated tapes each provided at one end with a loop to receive the cord and at its other end with a hook to engage the cord.
6. A garter comprising a connecting memher in the form of a double loop and a tape connected to each loop to form a band.
7'. A garter comprising a cord connecting member in the form of a double 100p, tapes permanently connected at one end to said loops and provided at their other ends with hooks to engage the loops.
8. A garter comprising two bands adapted to be arranged on the leg one above the other with the lower band over the stocking, a loop member connecting said bands, and an elastic connection between the sides of the loop.
9. A garter comprising a cord loop, two tapes each connecting at one end to said loop and provided at its other end with a hook to engage the loop, and an elastic connection for the sides of the loop.
PERRY S. BAUER.
WM. 0. BELT, HELEN L. PEOK.