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Publication numberUS837896 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 4, 1906
Filing dateAug 28, 1905
Priority dateAug 28, 1905
Publication numberUS 837896 A, US 837896A, US-A-837896, US837896 A, US837896A
InventorsHorace Bourne
Original AssigneeHorace Bourne
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 837896 A
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Horace Bourne' unrrnn srATEs A EN OFFICE. L I v HORACE Booms, or CATFORD, ENGLAND;


Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Dec. 4, 1 90?;-

Appiioation filed August 28, I905. Saris-1N0. 276,:[33-

To all whom it may concern: I

Be it known that I, HoRAoE BOUBNE, a subject of the of Great Britain and Ireland, residing at ynt'on, Bromle Road, Catford, in the county of Kent, ngland, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Sewing-Thimbles, of which the following is a s ecification.

4 Hitherto thimbles worn by women while sewing have been of conical shape and circu lar section on any plane at right angles to the axis. This circular form of thimble does not conform to the shape of the end of the finger and when worn is uncomfortable and conducive to excessive and injurious pressure on the nail and parts of the finger-tip.

My invention has for its object a new and improved shape of thimble partially or entirely in conformity with-the shape of the human finger, upon which the thimble is worn in the act of sewing.

By preference the inside ofthe thimble should follow the contour of the upper end of the finger, being somewhat of an oval in; transverse section. The object of producing a thimble of this shape is that-it shall not press unevenly and mjuriously upon the muscles, tissues, bones, and nail of the finger, and so producing a thimble comfortable and healthy while in use and which will not injure the shape of the fingen-tip. I may make the lower or open end of my thin'ible more or I less constricted, if desired, in order to render the thimble to be more securely the finger when in use. r

I will now describe my invention with reference to the accompanying dra'wmgs, in which-'- Figure 1 represents a side elevation of a finger with this improved thimble shown in section, and Fig. 2 represents a side elevation of a thimble applied.

It will be understood that the well-known conical shape of thimble now ini-use causes great com ression of the sides of the finger nail and t at the top of the nail is pressed hard. Further, the thimhle is apt to tilt, Q

the finger held upon I claim as new, and desire to-secure by Letthese disadvantages, I obtain casts or mandrels of the she e of the human finger end.

lien made by molding, press- The thimble is .t ingl, stamping, or otherwise forcing metal, ce uloid, composition,-or other suitable material on the cast or mandrel. By thismeans the inside of the thimble will fit the top of perfectly, asat 0, while suitable owing to the end of the finger not fitting the end of the thimble closely. To overcome outside fimsh, somewhat after the manner shown in. the drawings, may be arranged for by means of an extern'atmold, or the t imble may be worked up, chased, or otherwise fin: ished, as at d, by hand.

' In some cases and for the more effectual preservation of that which is acted upon y the needle I may cover or cap it with a steel or other surfacepart (I of the 'thimble corrugated, lined, indented, or otherwise, as 1 at d, or I may make the thimble solely and entirely of a suitable hardened substance, or, if necessary, I may line the end where it comes in contact with the needle with a hard metal or other material, the main objeot'being to 1produce a naturally-she ed thimble of suitab design and materia in order to lessen the risk of injury to the finger and renfortable and-healthy. Thepart e may. also be indented or roughened; The thimblemay be linediwith some non-metallic matev rial, if so desired.

Having thus described my invention, what ters Patent, is p A thimble having its interior of the true form of the human nail and of that portion of Witnesse's:

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der the act of sewing or the like more com-

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Cooperative ClassificationD05B91/04