US 723893 A
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No. 723,893. PATENTED MAR. 31, 1903.
APPLICATION FILED JULY 11, 1901.
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SOPHIE MEYER, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 723,893, dated March 31, 1903. Application filed J'uly l 1, 1901. Serial No. 67,895. (Nemodeld T0 aZZ whom it may concern.-
Be it known that I, SOPHIE MEYER, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Chicago, county of Cook, and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Corsets, of which the following is a specification, and which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 is an interior view of the corset when opened. Fig. 2 is a vertical section on the line 2 2 of Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is a plan viewof the breast-sn pporter employed in the corset. Fig. 4 is a plan view of the corset complete; and Fig. 5 is a side elevation, partly broken away, of the corset as applied to the human figure.
The object of the invention is to provide a suitable support forthe breast; and it con sists in a supporting-shelf, preferably of fleXible and elastic material, secured across .the
interior and preferably at the top of the bust tending parallel with the inner edge of the shelf. Itissecured tothe corset in anydesired Y manner, preferably by stitching, for the reason that clasps are very apt to be uncomfortable to the wearer. When the corset is applied to the body and is drawn tightly to the figure, the inner edge of the supporting-shelf 12 is turned downward, as shown at 13, and in order to insure this downward turn of the fabric a non-flexible thread 14 may be secured to the extreme inner edge of the supportingshelf and to its body portion, as indicated in Fig. 2, although this is not a necessary part of the device.
A non-flexible strip of ribbon or tape 15 may be secured across the center of the support from front to rear for the purpose of giving it firmness and also for covering a tuck which may be formed in the flexible shelf.
A pair of shoulder-braces 16 are preferably breast to slip down past the supports.
used, their rearward end s being secured to the back of the corset and the forward end of each being secured to one of the supporting:
shelves 12 at its inner edge and nearits outer corner, thereby assisting in supporting the breast and rendering it impossible for the A book may be attached to the inner or forward angle of one of the supporting-shelves and an eye to the corresponding angle of the other. By thus connecting the two shelves their firmness is increased.
The corset herein described is peculiarly serviceable for ladies having but a small bust development, enabling them to dispense entirely with pads and all forms and giving a rounded form to the breast, While comfortably supporting it and allowing a free circulation of air for the greater comfort of the wearer in warm weather. I have found in actual practice also that this corset is of actual benefit to the breast as a developer.
By the use of elastic material for the shelf the latter may rest snugly against the body and yet allow for a free expansion of the chest and for a free action of the heart, advantages which have never yet been secured, so far as I am aware, in any device intended to support the breasts.
I am aware that corsets have been made with bust or breast coverings applied to the upper edges of the bust-forms; but my invention differs from these in that the supporting-shelf above is not intended for a breastcover, but simply to support the breast, which rests directly on top of it.
I claim as my invention 1. A corset having at its upper front edge a pair of breast-supports, the broad faces of which are substantially horizontal.
2. A corset having bust-forms, each form being covered at the, top by a substantially horizontal breast-supporting shelf.
3. A corset having bust-forms, audabreastsupporting shelf secured to the upper edge of the corset and crossing each bust-form.
4. In combination with corset having bust-forms, of an elastic breast-supporting shelf secured to the corset across the interior of each bust-form.
5. In combination with a corset having bust-forms, of an elastic breast-s11 pporting shelf secured across the interior of each bnst- I form and having itsinner edge turned downward.
6. As an article of manufacture, a flexible 5 breast-supporting shelt' adapted for attachment to the corset across the interiorof the bust-form thereof.
7. In combination with a corset; having bust-forms, of a breast-support crossing: the :0 interior of each bust-form, and shoulderstraps each secured at one end to the back of the corset; and at the other to the breastsupport.
8. A corset having breast-forms, and a breast-supporting shelf crossing the interior [5 of each breast-form.
ANTON B. SEIBOLD, E. M. KLATCHER.