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Патент USA US2105257

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Jan. 11, 1938. ‘
J.’ v. MOORE
Filed July 20, 1936
Patented Jan. 11, 1938
John V. Moore, Pawtucket, R. I., assignor to
Moore Fabric Company, Pawtueket, R. I., a
corporation of Rhode Island
Application July 20, 1936, Serial No. 91,522
2 Claims.
This invention relates to supporting garments
such as corsets or girdles, and relates more par
ticularly to means for stiffening such garments.
Such stiffeners as at present manufactured
from metal, bone or other sti?iy resilient mate
rials are of limited ?exibility and will break if
bent too far. The sharp broken edges .then dis
comfort and endanger the wearer and the rigid
ity of such stiffeners frequently causes them to
chafe the wearer or to injure the garment.
It is the general object of my invention to pro
vide an improved. rib for stiffening a corset, gir
dle or other supporting garment which will not
break in wearing or laundering.
A further object is to provide a stiffening rib
which is ?rm but also pliable and ?exible in all
directions and which will immediately resume
its original shape after bending or distortion to
any extent.
By the use of my invention, the fit of a sup
porting garment is improved, rolling up and
wrinkling of the garment is prevented, and the
comfort of the wear is much increased.
My invention further relates to arrangements
25 and combinations of parts which will be herein
after described and more particularly pointed out
in the appended claims.
A preferred form of my invention is shown in
the drawing in which
Fig. 1 is a partial front elevation of a. girdle
having my invention embodied therein;
Fig. 2 is a transverse sectional view, taken
along the line 2-2 in Fig. l; and
Fig. 3 is a perspective view of a portion of my
improved stiffening rib.
Referring to the drawing, my improved stiff
ening rib R is formed of latex or rubber, molded
in a continuous strip which is preferably ?at on
one side and convex on the other, as clearly in
dicated in Figs. 2 and 3. The latex or rubber is
specially treated with an anti-oxidant to insure
durability, long life and ?exibility, and the vul
canizing process is stopped at the point where the
rubber is relatively ?rm while still remaining
45 ?exible.
In the preferred form I incorporate in the rib
R a strip of reenforcing fabric F which may be
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disposed at the flat side of the rib or may be
located in the interior of the rib as shown in
Figs. 2 and 3. The reenforcing fabric may be a
coarse cotton weave or may be of any other suit!
able material. The ribs being used for stiffening
purposes, no stretch is commonly necessary or
desirable, and the stiffening fabric F is prefer
ably non-elastic. The fabric prevents over-strain
of the rubber and insures even longer effective
When incorporated in a garment,‘the ribs R.
are preferably con?ned in pockets which may be
formed as shown in Figs. 1 and 2 by stitching a
cover C of cloth or other suitable material to the
garment G along each side of the rib R. Obvious
ly these stiffening ribs may be used in any desired
number and may be placed in any desired loca
tions in a garment.
As the rib may be readily bent or twisted in
any direction, it will adapt itself to any move- _
ment without causing discomfort to the wearer,
while at the same time the garment will ?t
smoothly in every position of the wearer. It also
does not endanger the wearer or the garment by
breaking, cha?ng or cutting.
My improved rib is not effected by water or
body perspiration or by laundering or dry clean
ing operations so that garments in which it is
used may be laundered or cleansed as frequently
as desired without removing the ribs therefrom.
This in itself is a very substantial advantage over
the steel ribs heretofore commonly used.
Having thus described my invention and the
advantages thereof, I do not wish to be limited
to the details herein disclosed, otherwise than as
set forth in the claims, but what I claim is:
1. A garment stiffening rib formed of an elon
gated body of solid rubber vulcanized to a ?rm
but pliable condition and having a strip of non
elastic fabric incorporated therein and extend 40
ing lengthwise thereof.
2. A garment stiffening rib formed of an elon
gated body of solid rubber vulcanized to a ?rm
but pliable condition, said rib being substantially
flat on one side and convex on the other side.
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