US 858006 A
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NTED JUNE 25, 1907.
APPLIGATIOD'I FILED P Sm'vmtoz,
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Specifieationof Letters Patent.
Eaten'ted. June 535, 190?.
Application filed Fcbrixary 23, 1906 Serial No. 302,678.
I field, in the county of Hampden and State of Massachusetts, have invented a new andnseful Stocldngof which the following is a speci fication. I I
This invention relates to stockings coinprising separate parts or sections.
The principal object is to'provide a simple and novel structure composed of separate foot and leg members that can be worn, laundried and intercha ed'as desired, and will always retain their s ape so as to fit the foot properly, and cause no discomfort tothe wearer. i p .While the invention is applicable to V31.- rious types of stockings, the present embodiment comprises half hose or socks, and in the drawings :Figure 1 is a perspective view of the members together. I Fig. 2 is a detail View of the leg member. F1 3 is a similar view of the foot member. I ig. 4 is a detail sectional view on the line 4-4 of Fig. 2.
Fig. 5 is a detail sectional view on the line 55 of Fig. 4..
Si 'lar reference numerals designate corresponding parts in all the figures of the drawing; v
In the'embodiment illustrated, the stocking comprises a leg member 5 and affect member 6. The foot member 6 may be of "any desired material, and comprises a body ortion arranged to completely cover thetoot and having an upstanding neck portion 7. that terminates short of the ankle. The
' leg member'5-rnay be of any desired length,
andis rovided in its lower portion with opposite heel and toe-receiving'opemngs 8 and; 9, forming a foot-embracing strap. 10. This strapfbecause of the convergent relation. of the openings 8 and 9, tapers toward its lower portion. It will be apparent that the openings are of just su'llicient size to receive the heel and toe, so that if a low shoe is Worn, its
, upper edge will extend above the tops of the openings, and only the log member will appear. In order to prevent the raveling of the fabric about the openings, the margins surrounding the same are provided with s accd upwardly divergent bindings 11, and these bindings are tubular in form, constituting continuous housings. In said housings or bindings are arranged elasticclamping or contracting elements 12, preferably in the form of rubber bands or the like In using the device, the foot member is first placed upon the foot, and afterward the leg member is applied. clamping bands maintain a snu lit of the lo wer portion of the leg member on the foot and prevent wrinlrling orhunchihg of the thereby avoiding an cause of disco: fo to the wearer. in eXpanatic-n of tins, M, observed by reference to Figs. 1 and 2 mat the elastic clamping hands or elements 12 are not disposed in parallel, but in spaced upwardly divergent relation. Therefore, when laced over the heel and toe, the upper portions of the bands are prevented from moving to ward each other by the interposed ankle. The tension of the bands therefore causes them to draw away from each other, and as a consequence, the fabric strap is stretched transversely, eliminating all danger of W'Illlkling and bunching. serve to hold to the foot the front and rear portions of the lower end of the leg member at the upper end of the strap. The tubular bindings perform double functions, inasmuch as they prevent the raveling of the fabric and also act as holding means for the clastie bands. Because of the eculiar arrangement of the openings, eitlier high or low shoes may be worn already described.
Moreover, the bands.
This structure permits the einployinent of I comparatively expensive leg members and cheap foot members. The latter may be removed and laundried as often desired, and may be of undyed material that will not affeet the foot. Moreover, it is the foot members that will be subject to the greater part of the wear, and new ones be employed as often as found necessary without t sity of new leg members.
From the foregoing, it is thought that the construction, inwration, and "many advantages of the herein described invention, will be apparent to those skilled in .the art, with out further description, and it will be understood that various changes the size, shape, proportion, and minor details of construc; tion, may be resorted to without departing from the spirit or sacrificing any of the advantages of the invention.
Having thus fully described my invention,
what I claim new, and desire to secure by- Let'ters Patent, is 1 1. A stocking including a leg member hav in heel and toe openi gs in the op osite si es of its lower end am forming a own- Wardly tapered foot-embracing strap hetoo IEO
tween them, and spaced upwardly divergent 1 ing between them a foot-embracing strap elastic clamping elements secured to the that tapers toward its lower portion and is marginal portions ol the strap that surround arranged to surround the foot member, 20
the openings. s )aced tubular bindings for tho margins of 2. A stocking including a leg element hav the strap extending about the openings and ing heel and toe openings in the opposite disposed in upwardlydivergent relation, and sides of its lower end, upwardly divergent continuous spaced upwardly divergent claselastic clamping elements surrounding the tic'bands located in. said tubular bindings 25 openings, and upwardly divergent bindings for the margins of the leg element about the openings, said bindings imelosing and constituting holding means for the elastic clamping elements.
3. A stocking comprising a foot member, and a separate leg member, said leg member having heel and toereceiving openings in the opposite sides ol its lower portion and l'orml l and held in plaoo on the leg member thereby l in testimony, that l claim the foregoing as my own, 1 have hereto allixed my signature in the presence of two witnesses.
FRANK W. LUM.
FLORENCE- ll. Al in, EDMUND P. Keumuou.