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Патент USA US2084745

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June 22, 1937. I
Filed Feb. 21, 1956
Patented June 22, 1937
Sydney W. Reynolds, Ripon, Calif.
Application February 21, 1936, Serial No. 65,135
2 Claims. (Cl. 2-243)
This invention relates to mens’ undergarments ton hole. This securing may be accomplished by
having ?aps provided with buttons and button sewing the cord on the flap or by threading the
holes, and particularly to garments of this char
same through the flap so that the portions of the
acter which are made of relatively soft and easily cord adjacent the button holes are free.
5 stretched material, such as various cotton fabrics.
‘Therefore, when the buttons are engaged in 5
In garments made of these fabrics, the button the button holes, the free portions of the cord
holes invariably stretch in a short time, so that may be passed over and then under the buttons
the buttons do not remain engaged therewith, so as to engage the central sewing or axial con
but slip out, especially if any stretching strain is nection of the buttons with the garment, and
10 placed on the garment as it is worn.
thus hold said button sewing con?ned adjacent 10
It is therefore the principal object of my in
the outer end of the button holes. Undesired re
vention to provide a simple and inexpensive de
leasing or slipping out of the buttons is thus
vice, permanently mounted on the garment, and prevented. At the same time, it is easy to dis
by means of which the buttons may be readily engage the cord from the buttons so that the
15 held or locked against retractive movement latter may be retracted from the button holes.
through the button holes once they have been
In Figure 3, the button lock device takes the
engaged therewith, and regardless of stretch or form of ?exible tabs 8 of any suitable shape, and
enlargement of the same. At the same time, the
buttons may be easily released whenever de—
20 sired to remove the garment. Also, the device
does not interfere in any way with the launder
ing of the garment.
These objects I accomplish by means of such
structure and relative arrangement of parts as
5 will fully appear by a perusal of the following
speci?cation and claims.
In the drawing similar characters of reference
indicate corresponding parts in the several views:
Fig. 1 is a fragmentary front view of an under
30 shirt with the flaps separated and showing my
button lock device mounted on the button hole
Fig. 2 is a similar view, showing the button
look as in operation.
Fig. 3 is a similar View of a modi?ed form of
the device.
Fig. 4 is a fragmentary view showing a modi
?ed mounting of the button locking tab.
Referring now more particularly to the char
40 acters of reference on the drawing, and es
‘ pecially at this time to Figures 1 and 2, the body
I of the garment is provided as usual with front
?aps 2 and 3 adapted to overlap each other when
the garment is being worn. The flap‘ 2 is pro
45 vided with spaced buttons 4, adapted to engage
in the button holes 5 on the ?ap 3.
The button lock device which is applied to this
standard garment construction, comprises a
length of ?exible material such as narrow tape
50 or cord 6. This extends down the edge of the
flap 3 on its outer face and past the various but
ton holes; being secured to said flap only at
points between the button holes as indicated
at 1. Points of securing are such as to leave
55 about an inch of unsecured cord across each but
one for each button.
Tabs are mounted on the
garment flap 2a to the side of the buttons to,
opposite the edge of the flap by sewing the tabs 20
along their edge adjacent the buttons as at In
on a line substantially parallel to said edge of
the flap. The tabs are provided with button
holes 9, which are aligned with the buttons and
with the flap button holes 5a transversely of the 25
When the buttons are engaged in the button
holes 511, therefore, the tabs may be folded over
the ?ap 3a and engaged with the buttons pro
jecting through the button holes So as shown. 30
With this arrangement, therefore, it will be prac
tically impossible for the buttons to slip out, es
pecially as the tabs are made of relatively non
stretchable material.
If desired, the tab may be mounted as shown 35
in Fig. 4.
In this case, the tab 8a is sewed on
the garment flap 21) along its edge furthest from
the edge of the __?ap, as shown at Ma, so that it
projects toward said edge and overlaps the but
ton 412, at all times. When not in use, the tab 40
is engaged with the button before the latter is
projected through the garment flap, and is then
out of the way.
From the foregoing description it will be read
ily seen that I have produced such a device as
substantially ful?lls the objects of the invention
as set forth herein.
While this speci?cation sets forth in detail the
present and preferred construction of the device,
still in practice such deviations from such detail 50
may be resorted to as do not form a departure
from the spirit of the invention, as de?ned by the
appended claims.
Having thus described my invention, what I 55
claim as new and useful and desire to secure by
Letters Patent is:
1. In a garment having ?aps adapted to over
lap each other, a button on one flap, the other
?ap having .a button hole to receive said button
when the flaps are in overlapping relationship
and a ?exible element extending down the but
ton hole ?ap between its outer edge and the but
ton hole and secured on the flap only at spaced
10 points beyond the button hole on opposite sides
2. In a garment having flaps to overlap each
other, a button on one ?ap, the other ?ap having
a buttonhole to receive said button when the ?aps
are in overlapping relationship, and a ?exible
element mounted on one ?ap substantially par
allel to and adjacent the edge thereof and se
cured thereon only at spaced points above and
below the buttonhole in position to engage about
the button when projected through the button
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