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Publication numberUS851048 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 23, 1907
Filing dateAug 1, 1906
Priority dateAug 1, 1906
Publication numberUS 851048 A, US 851048A, US-A-851048, US851048 A, US851048A
InventorsHenry R Woodward
Original AssigneeHenry R Woodward
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 851048 A
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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented April 23,1907.

Application filed August l. 1906. Serial No. 328.788.

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Be it known that I HENRY R. WooDwARD, I

of the city, county, and State of New York, have` invented a new and Improved Nostril- Expander, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description. v

l My' invention relates to improvementsin nostril-expanders.

I have found that with many people the tendency while breathing is for thenostrils to collapse morevor less or'at Aleast become somewhat restricted so as to interfere with breathing. This lis particularly true when people are engaged in athletic sports-such as running, racing, or any effort which requires a large supply of air to the lungs- -and in such exercises t e tendency is to open the mouth, thus admitting impurities and also causing the mouth to dry quickly. l have found also that the habit of snoring is caused largely by this constriction of the nostrils, or atleast l struct the device so that it can do no in'ury,

cannot accidentally enter the head, an can be easily removed when desired. f

With these and other ends in view my invention consists of a nostril-expander, the

construction anduse. of Which will be heremafterzdescribed, and the novelfeatur'es of construction claimed. y

,' Reference is to be had to the accompanyingfdra-Wings, 'forming a part of this specification, inwhich similar letters and figures of reference indicate corresponding 'parts in all the viens.

:Figure 1 is a side elevation, partly diagrammatic, showing the application of my invention to the nose. Fig. 2 isa similar view showing a slightly-modified-form of the Fig. 3 is a detail, perspective.

apparatus. view of a preferred form of the device such as shown in Fig. 1, and Fig. 4 shows a slight modification. and is similar to the structure shown in Fig. 2.

The apparatus 1s made, preferably, of springwire, though obviously it can be made of any This device is intended to enter.

l material which will be springy, will hold its shape, and will not injure the wearer.

While I do not limit myself to the particular or recise form shown, still it is better to ma e it as illustrated, andhere the structure has a point or bridge 10 in Fig. 3, or 10a in Fig. 4, which straddles the cartilage of the nose, and from this point the members divergeslightly, asf'shown at 11, and are then bent upward and rearward, as at 12,-, so as to follow the normal contour of the nostril, the said members l12 being bent over gradually and returned upon themselves, as shown at 13, and finally terminating in inturned bends 14. lt will be seen that this arrangement forms a springy loop more or less elongated for entering each nostril, and as the loo s are connected no injury can be done, Whi e the bends 14 enable the device to be easily withdrawn: without the possibility of the parts catching into the-skin.

It will be seen that the principle of the invention consists in providing the springy loo s which will prevent the nostrils from coliapsin'g and 'in connecting the loops so that they cannot extend-inward too far and can be easily and instantly withdrawn. It is necessary, however, to have the loops rather long, so that they will extend back into the nasal cavity of the hea-d, and they should lie in a geierally horizontal direction, with the connecting-bridge 1 1 bent down, so as to straddle the cartilage of the nose.

In practice l have found that this device assists breathing under all conditions where the breath is more or less forced, that it enabll to assist breathing where one has a head* co Having thus fully described my invention, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent-'- Y A device of the kind described comprising a pair of elongated open loop-like members of spring material having their terminal ends bent, and constructed to extend backward into the nasal cavity ofthe head, the said ends-by a bridge, which is bent at an angle to the said members so as to straddle the nosecartilage. l y



ables a large supply ofair to enter the lungs, E is therefore good for singers, and is also valumembers being connected at the forward' IOO ICS

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Cooperative ClassificationA61F5/08