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May 24, 1938.
2,118,273.
N. c. SMITH
EAR PROTECTOR
Filed July 6, 1957
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Patented May 24, 1938
1 2,118,273
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,118,273
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EAR PROTECTOR
Nellie C. Smith, Santa Ana, Calif.
Application July 6, 1937, Serial No. 152,158
5 Claims. (Cl. 132-45)
This invention relates to means for protecting
the ear from the entrance of foreign matter and
the device is particularly designed for use by
women when being given a shampoo, a hair
dress, a hair dye job, or where the hair is being
bleached, and is also adapted to be used where
hair is being curled or marcelled with a hot im
plement such as a Marcel iron. or a permanent
wave machine and the like, to protect the ear
from being burned.
The general object is to provide a device of
this character which may be readily applied and
readily removed, which is thoroughly effective for
the purpose intended, which includes a frame
is
adapted to support two ear protectors and which
may be readily sprung into place on the wearer’s
face with the ear protectors over the ears, and
which further is so constructed that the web of
fabric which acts to protect the ear may be read
ily removed or readily replaced whenever desired.
Other objects will appear in the course of the
following description.
My invention is illustrated in the accompany
ing drawing wherein:
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of my ear guard or
protector.
_
Fig. 2 is a transverse sectional view through
the ear guard on the line 2—2 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a fragmentary elevation of a portion
of
the frame.
30
Referring to this drawing, it will be seen that
the supporting frame for the ear protectors may
be made of wire or other suitable resilient ma
terial and that, as illustrated, the frame is formed
of a length of wire which is so bent as to form a
3 GI
cross-bar II], the wire being then looped at the
ends of the cross-bar, as at H, then extended
upward, as at I2, then downward, as at I3, par
allel to the upper portion of the wires I2, then
again upward, as at I4, and then rearward and
40
then downward, as at I5. ‘The portions I3 and
I4 are disposed in close contiguity with each
other, and preferably the upper end of the por
tion I4 approximates quite closely the upper end
45 of the portion I3. The frame so constructed may
be made of wire, celluloid, hard rubber or a light
wire covered with hard rubber or other ?exible
coating. I have illustrated a wire which is pro~
tected, as shown in Fig. 3, by an outer coating I8
of rubber or like material. It is to be understood
that when I refer to the frame, therefore, I in
clude frames which may be made of various
materials set forth above. Carried by the in
verted U-shaped portion of the frame formed
55 by the portions I4 and I5 is a protecting web I6,
which may be made of oiled silk or any other
suitable material. This material, if the protector
is to be used when the hair is being washed, dyed
or otherwise submitted to liquid treatment, is
preferably water-proof. Where the protector is
in
to be used for protecting the car from being
burned in the operation of hair curling or wav
ing, then the protector may be of some material
which is a poor conductor of heat or whichwill
ll)
otherwise protect the ear.
Preferably and as illustrated, this protecting
web I6 has su?icient fullness so that it bulges out
ward as illustrated in Fig. 1, for the purpose of
receiving the entire ear. 7 The margin of this web
I6 is formed with a hem H on three sides which
will receive the portions I4 and I5 of the frame.
If the frame is formed of wire coated with a
coating of rubber, celluloid or other ?exible ma
terial, the portions I4 and I5 of the frame are
preferably left bare, so as to permit the ready 20
insertion of the end of the portion l5 of the wire
into the hem I1 and then the slipping of this
hem over the portions I5 and I4, until the end of
the hem bears against the lower end of the por
tion I4 at its junction with the bend I3. That 25
portion of the web I6 which is not engaged by
the frame is merely formed with a reinforcing
hem I9, but this is not tubular as is the hem I‘!
for the purpose of receiving any wire.
In the use of this device, it is placed upon the
head with the cross-bar I0 extending beneath
the chin or any other portion of the face and
with the portion I5 of the frame disposed for
ward of the ear. The extremity of the portion
I5 may be wrapped at 2!] with suitable soft ma 35
terial so that in case this extremity of the por
tion I5 protrudes beyond the end of the hem II,
this protruding portion of the frame will not
scratch the face of the wearer. It will be noted
that the close approximation of the upper end 40
of the portion I4 to the portion I3 of the frame
will act to‘hold the web I6 in place upon the
frame and prevent it accidentally shifting out of
place or becoming detached. By drawing the
portion I4 away from the portion I3, however, 45
the web may be readily detached.
The ear protectors which I have devised are
particularly useful in protecting the ears against
wind getting into the ears when the hair is being
dried under a hair dryer.
50
Preferably, and as illustrated in Fig. 2, the
space between the portions I2 and I3 is ?lled
with a solid rubber pad 2I which is made of soft
rubber, this being molded on its inner face to ?t
the temple sockets.
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It is to be understood that the frame may be
made of any material which will give a tension
against the face or, in other words, which is
elastic enough to be expanded to embrace the
head and permit the arms 12 to bear with a slight
tension against the face to hold the device in
place.
Furthermore, it is obvious that I do not wish
to be limited to the use of the loops l I though
10 these may constitute springs giving the requisite
tension to the arms l2. The arms, however, might
extend directly from the cross-bar in an obvious
manner without being formed with the loops H.
What is claimed is:-—
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1. An ear protector, including a frame of resil
ient material formed to provide a cross-piece and
two arms extending therefrom, the end of each
arm having the form of an inverted approximately
U-shaped portion, and a Web of fabric carried by
said U-shaped portion and having sufficient full
ness to surround the rim of the ear and extend
across the face of the ear.
2. An ear protector, including a frame of resil
ient material formed to provide a cross-piece and
25 two arms extending upwardly therefrom, the up
per ends of the arms being bent downward and
then upward to provide two approximately par
allel portions, the upper ends of which closely
approximate each other, the upwardly extending
30 portions of the frame being then extended for
ward and downward to form an inverted U
shaped portion adapted to engage around the
roots of the ears, and a web of fabric carried by
the U-shaped portions of the frame and each
having su?icient fullness to surround the rim of
the ear and extend across the face of the ear.
3. An ear protector, including a frame of resil
ient material formed to provide a cross-piece and
two arms extending upwardly therefrom, the
upper ends of the arms being bent downward
and then upward to provide two approximately 5
parallel portions, the upper ends of which closely
approximate each other, the upwardly extending
portions of the frame being then extended for
ward and downward to form an inverted U-shaped
portion adapted to engage around the roots of the 10
ears, and a web of fabric carried by the U-shaped
portions of the frame and each having sufficient
fullness to surround the rim of the ear and ex
tend across the face of the ear, the fabric being
formed with a hem to receive the U-shaped por 15
tion and being removable therefrom.
4. An ear protector, including a frame of resil
ient material formed to provide a cross-piece and
two arms extending therefrom, the ends of the
arms being formed to constitute approximately 20
U-shape-d. portions adapted to embrace the ear
at the root thereof, these U-shaped portions car
rying‘ an ear protecting web having fullness such
that the web will embrace the rim of the ear,
and cushioning pads disposed rearward of said 25
ear embracing portion and adapted to ?t against
the temples.
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5. An ear protector, including a resilient frame,
approximately U-shaped to slide over and em
brace the ear at the root thereof, and a web of 30
fabric carried by the frame and having su?icient
fullness to surround the rim of the ear and ex
tend across the face of the ear.
NELLIE C. SMITH.
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