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No. 796,695 PATENTED AUG. 8, 1905. B. M. BLAKE. BELT FOR APRONS.
APPLICATION FILED 1330.13, 1904.
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BELT FOR APRONS.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Aug. 8, 1905.
Application filed December 13, 1904. Serial No. 286,723.
To all whom, it may concern:
Be it known that I, BEDA M. BLAKE, a citizen of the United States, residing at St. Louis, in the State of Missouri, have invented oer-- tain new and useful Improvements in Belts for Aprons, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to belts for aprons or other kindred protectors for men, women, and children, the purpose being economy in laundering, adaptability of the apron to be extended and contracted to cover circumferentially more or less of the garment to be protected, avoidance of tying and untying strings, and adjustability of the spring-metal band to the size of the person, so as to avoid undue pressure or an uncomfortable looseness, both of which are objectionable.
The invention consists of an adjustable flexible metal belt composed of sections slidably related to admit of the band being made larger or smaller to fit the person of the wearer, said sections having their inner end portions overlapped and secured in an adjusted position by means of slides or binders constructed to embrace the sides and edges of the overlapped portions of the sections and hold them firmly in the desired position.
For a full description of the invention and the merits thereof and also to acquire a knowledge of the details of construction of the means for efiecting the result reference is to be had to the following description and accompanying drawings.
While the invention may be adapted to different forms and conditions by changes in the structure and minor details without departing from the spirit or essential features thereof, still the preferred embodiment thereof is shown in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 is a perspective view of the belt embodying the invention, said band being contracted and with apron attached. Fig. 2 is a view similar to Fig. 1, part of the apron being broken away and the spring-band being extended. Fig. 3 is a detail view of the adjustable spring-belt.
Corresponding and like parts are referred to in the following description and indicated in all the views of the drawings by the same reference characters.
The apron 1 may be plain, gored, or of any pattern, according to the material and specific purpose, and is provided at its upper end with a hem or .tuck 2, in which the springmetal body-band 3 is removably fitted by being slipped endwise therein. By having the apron detachably fitted to the body-band it can be straightened out, thereby facilitating the laundering and enabling the apron to be ironed in flatwor-k-machines at a nominal cost. The body-band is of spring metal, and its ends are curved outwardly and inwardly, as shown at 4, to prevent them pressing into the person and to prevent same from catching in the clothing as the band is placed about the person. Further, the recurved ends 4 form finger-pieces which may readily be grasped in securing, removing, and adjusting the band about the waist. This band is composed of similarly-formed sections 5 of approximately C shape, having their inner end portions overlapped and slidable one on the other to admit of the band being made larger or smaller to comfortably fit the person of the wearer.
Slides or binders 6 confine the overlapped portions of the sections 5 and hold them in an adjusted position. These slides are loose and can be moved to clear the overlapped parts of the band, so as to admit of the ready adjustment of the sections to adapt the band to the size of the person. After the band has been adjusted the slides are moved so as to confine the inner terminals of the overlapped parts and prevent their catching the goods when slipping the band into or out of the hem 2.
The apron is gathered on the band, and the fullness can be made to come at any desired point. Moreover, the apron canbe extended or contracted circumferentially, so as to encircle the wearer more or less, as required, and when laundered it is removed from the band. By having the slides or binders 6 independent of the sections 5 of the band the latter can be reduced to one-half its normal size by separating the sections and placing one against the other. The binders 6 can then be utilized to hold the end portions of the sections together. The tension of the band can be varied for the same sized person by adjusting the sections 5, so as to increase or decrease the diameter of the space closed by the band prior to fitting the same about the person.
Having thus described the invention, wha is claimed as new is- 1. In combination with an apron having a transverse hem or tuck, a spring-metal bodyband removably fitted in the said hem or tuck and composed of sections adapted to be detachably and adjustably connected, and means separate from and independent of the sections to secure them in an adjusted position, substantially as specified.
freely movable on the sections, substantially as and for the purpose specified.
In testimony whereof I aflix my signature in 2. In combination With an apron having a presence of tWo Witnesses. transverse hem or tuck, a spring-metal bodyband removably fitted in the said hem or tuck and composed of approximately C-shaped sections adapted to be detachabl y and adjustably connected, and slides independent of and BEDA M. BLAKE. [L. s.]
CARROLL H. CASE, GRATIA E. WooDsIDE.