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Publication numberUS758680 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 3, 1904
Filing dateNov 18, 1903
Priority dateNov 18, 1903
Publication numberUS 758680 A, US 758680A, US-A-758680, US758680 A, US758680A
InventorsAlbert Edward C Otte
Original AssigneeAlbert Edward C Otte
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 758680 A
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A. E. O. OTTE.


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Patented May 3, 1904:.




SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 758,680, dated May 3, 1904.

Application filed November 18,1908. Serial No. 181,580. (No model.)

Ton/ll whom it may concern.- Be it known that I, ALB RT EDWARD C.

O'rrn, a citizen of the United States, residing in the city of-Cincinnati, in the county of Hamilton and State of Ohio, have invented a certain new and useful Ear-Hood; and I do declare the following to be a clear, full, and exact description thereof, attention being called to the accompanying drawings, with the reference characters marked thereon, which form also apart of this specification.

, This invention relates to an article of ap- ,.pa1'el.intended to cover and inclose the ear to protect the same against cold in a manner similar to the usual ear-muffs.

The particular object of this invention is to producesuch an article which as against the present kind in use fits more readily limited variations in size or shape of the ear, incloses the same more snugly, covers more of it, and is more conveniently adjusted and securely held in place. From the nature and particular arrangement of this article I find the term fear-hood the most suitable name to designate it. In the following specification, and particularly pointed out in the claims at the end thereof, is found a full and exact description fiedmeans to hold the article in place. Its-- indicated by means of this latter, being shown -in dotted lines. "from its outer sideand applied in position. Fig. 6 shows a pair of them as they appear from the front, togetherwith means for holdrelative position with reference to the ear is Fig. 5 shows one of the hoods ing them in position.

gpart Aand an inner one, B, bothof oval .out-

= The deviceconsists, substantially, of an outer line and secured toeach other along this out linein aj suitable-manner-as, for instance,

surround the lower part of the same.

by a plain seam, as shown at C in Figs. 4 and 5, or by a binding 0, as shown in Fig. 1, or

in any other suitable manner rendered available by sartorial art. The outer part A is intended to cover the outer or open part of the car, as best shown in Fig. 5, while the inner part B covers the inner side of the outer part of the ear. Both together form a pocket and receive between them the shell or funnel of the ear and while covering and inclosing this latter are also held in place by it. The inner part B is sufficiently cut out to clear the root or contracted part of the outer ear, resulting in a shape somewhat like a horseshoe and as best shown in Figs. 1 and 4:- This cutout part is closely fitted around this contracted part of tlie ear and so as to also will 0 readily admit the ear and permit convenient placing on it of the garment in view of this close fit, the lower portion of one of the side parts of part B is shaped to form a flap b, as

clearly shown in the drawings. For such purposethat is, to form this flapthe particular portion of part B may simply be left disconnected at the outer seam. This independent flap greatly facilitates the placing of the hood, because this latter being open to this extent permits insertion and use of the fingers to manipulate the hood until placed. The lower end of the flap after the hood is in position is finally secured to the main body A by any suitable fastening means, so that the intended close embrace of the ear and complete covering of it is fully attained. A customary snap-catch, commonly used also as a glove-fastener and consisting of complementary parts D (Z, may be used to good advantage. I

The width of the part Bthat is, the distance from its outer edge where it joins part Ato its inner edge Z2is sufficient to receive freely the shell of the ear, so that size or projection of this latter will not interfere with the inner edge Z2 being drawn closely around the innerthat is, contractedpart of the ear where it joins the side of the head. While by reason of the-possibility of such a close and snug fit the device will readily remain in position without any extraneous holding devices, such means may nevertheless be used, if desirable. These means may consist of an elastic chin-cord E, as shown in Figs. 4, 5, and 6, and which cord, if it is used, I also utilize as a means to close the ear-hoodthat is, to hold flap b on main part A-taking the, place of the snap-catch first mentioned. For such purpose the ends of this chin-cord are secured to the lower end of one of the partsas, for instance, as shown two parts to be tied to each other.

at e, to the outer part A-and pass loosely through an eyelet e in the other part. An inelastic cord may also be used, which to permit to be drawn tight would have to be in It'will be noted that this cord does not interfere with the manipulation of flap b and at the same time holds it closed as soon as the cord-is placed around the chin.

Any suitable material or cloth may be used for parts A and B.

It will now be seen that an ear-hood of this kind may be readily and quickly placed, since the fingers may be used to advantage through the open partly-disconnected flap to adjust the garment. There being sufiicient size given between the outer edge of the hood and the inner edge 6, a large ear may be readily accommodated, while the same hood will also remain in position on a smaller one, because by means of the loose flap the hood can be closely fitted around the contracted part of the ear and snugly seated thereon. It may also be worn reversedthat is, with the flap toward the rear.

Having described my invention, I claim as 1. An ear-hood adapted to cover and inclose the car, a [lap on it partly separated hold the flap against said body after the hood is placed.

2. An ear-hood consisting of an outer part to cover the outer part of the car, an inner part out out to surround the inner part of the ear and part of which is shaped to form flap partly separated from the outer part and means to hold the flap to the outer part.

3. An ear-hood consisting of an outer part to cover the outer part of the ear, an inner part cut out to surround the inner part of the ear, both parts of substantially congruent outline and connected at such outline to each other except at the lower part of one side which is left open so that the corresponding inner portion may form a flap disconnected from the outer part and means to close the flap to the other part. Y

4. An ear-hood consisting of an outer part to cover the outer part of the ear, an inner part out out to surround the inner part of the ear and part of which is shaped to form a fiap disconnected from the outer part and a drawstring secured to one part and passing through an opening in the lower end of the other part for the purpose shown and described.

In testimony whereof I hereunto set my signature in the presence of two witnesses. ALBERT EDWARD C. OTTE. Witnesses:


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Cooperative ClassificationA61F11/14