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Publication numberUS761956 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 7, 1904
Filing dateFeb 6, 1904
Priority dateFeb 6, 1904
Publication numberUS 761956 A, US 761956A, US-A-761956, US761956 A, US761956A
InventorsRobert Gorton
Original AssigneeRobert Gorton
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 761956 A
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l No. 761,956.




@nnnnnl n' UNITED STATESl Patented June 7, 1904.



SPECIFICATION forming 'part of Letters Patent No. 761,956, dated June 7, 1904.

Application filed :February 6, 1904. Serial No. 192,306. (No model.)

is held' between a button and a loop which' passes over the button and the intervening portion of the fabric. Garment-supporters of this class are shown in my Patent N o. 552,470, of December 31, 1895. That patent shows the stud or button as being composed of rubber or other material having similar properties' whereby the fabric is held against slipping and the tearing or wearing' of the fabric is prevented. A somewhat similar garmentsupporter is shown in Patent No. 538,384, granted to George H. Phelps April 30, 1895. In that patent the rubber button is attached to a tab of rubber or similar resilient material, having the effect of normally maintaining the button in the outer or lower end of the loop.

My present invention relates more particularly to the form of garment-supporter shown in the Phelps patent referred to. y Where the" stud or button is made entirely of rubber, it

is quite soft and yielding and under very severe or unusual strain it is apt to collapse or be bent backward until it allows the loop to fly olf over the head of the button. In order to overcome this, it was proposed to impart additional stiffness and strength to the button by means of a metallic post or rivet arranged centrally in the shank of the button. Sucha construction is shown in the Phelps patent, No. 538,383, of April 30, 1895.

The primary object of my invention is to provide a simple, inexpensive, and practical way of strengthening the stud or button. It is desirable that the different parts of the supporter should be made by as few operations as possible and with the useof as few separate parts. I have therefore devised a way of strengthening the button by means of a bracing-ridge, which is formed integrally with the button and the tab while they are being molded.

My improvements are clearly illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure l is a perspective view of a hosesupporter or garter with my improvements applied. The remaining figures are on a larger scale. Fig. 2 shows a front elevation of the clasp portion of the supporter. Fig. 3 shows a side elevation thereof. Fig. 4 is a perspective View showing how the clasp is applied to the fabric.

The band A', slide B, hook O, and cord VD are of well-known construction, being similar in all respects to thoseV shown in Letters Patent No. 585,781, granted to George H. Phelps July 6, 1897. The metallic loop E and the rubber tab F are also similar to those shown in the Phelps patent last mentioned, the loop and tab being jointed to each other at e and connected to the cord D at @Z in the same manner as that shown in said patent. It has been customary to mold the button G and the tab F at one operation or to vulcanize the stud to the tab so that they practically form one piece of material. The button consists of a rounded shank g, which engages with the loop E to clasp the fabric, and an annular flanged head g', said button shank and head being substantially like the corresponding parts of the button shown in said Phelps patents, No. 538,384 and No. 585,781, and operating in the same manner.

In the use of the clasps shown in the Phelps patents it hasbeen found that when they are subjected to great strains the stud or button'will collapse or bend to so great au extent as to allow the loop to fly off over the head of the button. I have found that this difculty may be overcome by bracing the stud by means of a ridge H. This ridge, as shown, while quite narrow is sufiiciently strong to brace the stud and hold it in proper position to properly engage the loop and hold the fabrictherein even under severe strain. It does not come into operative engagement withthe fabric or the loop and plays no part in the actual clasping of the fabric, which, as in the said Phelps patents hereinbefore referred to, is clasped between the shank of the button and the loop, its function being to stiften and brace the button, so that when sub- IOO jected to a heavy strain Said button will not collapse or buckle. It may be formed integrally with the tab and stud during,l the procese of moldingl the stud and tab, and hence mayv be made without additional trouble and with very slight increased expense, as the amount of additional material employed is Small. 1n order to economize material and present a pleasing` appearance, while at the same time aifording the requisitel bracing,` action, the ridge is made widest and thickest at its inner end next the shank of the stud. From the shank of the button the ridge is inclined on opposite Sides to a point 71, and it also inelines on its upper side from the flange g' of the Stud to the point L.

l claim as my invention l. A garment-Supporter comprising' a loop, a resilient tab, a yielding1 or llexible button thereon cooperating with the loop to clasp the iahrie, and a narrow ridge extending from the upper or inner portieri el the hnlion along the front lace ol the tah lo which it is connected and which serrea` to brace or stillen the hutten.

2. A `garment-snpportor comprising a me- ILallic loop, a tab el resilient material hinged to the loop and formed integrall)v with a re- Silient button and which is also l'ermed inlegrally with a ridge, narrower than the Ialot in the loop, which extends lrom the shank ol' the button along the trent lace el the, t'ah and which Serres to hracc or impart Stillness le the hutten.

ln testimon)Y whereol l have hereunto suhscribed my name.

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2781569 *May 19, 1953Feb 19, 1957Adolph EilertsenQuick coupling and releasing garter clasp
US4688304 *Oct 29, 1985Aug 25, 1987Marcott Roger FTarp fastener
US5074014 *Aug 1, 1990Dec 24, 1991Jerry DeidmanTarp fastener
Cooperative ClassificationA41F11/02