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Sept. 27, 1938. L. A. MARSH 2,131,111 PROTECTIVE _SHIELD FOR'KITCHEN SINKé AND'THE LIKE Filed April‘24, 1937 INVENTOR, LauraA.Mar-Jh/. _ 3y ‘ Patented Sept. 27, 1938 UNi'i‘ED STATES PATENT orries 2,131,111 PROTECTIVE SHIELD FOR KITCHEN SINKS' ' AND THE LIKE Laura A. Marsh, Portland, Maine Application April 24, 1937, Serial No. 138,760 ’ 1 Claim. My invention relates to devices adapted to pro tect a person’s clothes when he or she is engaged in kitchen tasks, as washing dishes, preparing food, or performing any other duties while stand 5 ing before the kitchen sink. The splashing of water as it falls into the sink from an open faucet, or spatters over one’s cloth ing from the dish-pan or clothes tub while work ing at the sink are not pleasant experiences, and with the object in view of eliminating this dis agreeable feature of kitchen work I have evolved the present invention. In its preferred embodiment my invention con templates a yieldable shield, constructed of rub 15 ber or some water-proofed fabric. In certain in stances I may elect to incorporate in this shield a concealed metal skeleton frame structure tend ing to give it stability without impairment of its elastic or yieldable characteristics. In all cases the front side of the shield will be smooth or devoid of obstructions which would tend to wear the person’s clothing when contacting with it. And to insure against displacement from the side of the sink I have provided means which 5 _ frictionally holds the device in place. For a better understanding of the import of my invention reference should be had to the descrip tion found in the following speci?cation when taken in connection with the accompanying drawing in which like reference characters are employed to identify like parts in all of the dif ferent views, and in which,— Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a sink shield made entirely of rubber; Fig. 2 is a sectional elevation of the shield, the section being taken on line 2—-2, Fig. 1; Fig. 3 shows the application of the device, the shield being shown on a slate sink, and Fig. 4.- shows the shield mounted on a metal sink. Referring to the drawing and particularly to Fig. l, l is a sink shield made entirely of ?exible rubber. The front side Ia, or that nearest the person using the device, is ?at and smooth and has an upper end ib- rounded. The side la con stitutes the apron of the shield. The lower portion of the shield structure is bifurcated, the front side la extending down wardly to form the outer branch, and the offset portion 10 forming the inside branch. The two branches of the bifurcation are mutually spaced to permit of their straddling the front wall W, of the sink S, with a strong, yieldable embrace. To stiffen the apron ! a of the shield I provide ribs Id made integral with the apron and extend ing vertically on the inside face of the shield for substantially its full height. ‘ The ribs are sub stantial enough in cross-sectional area to nor mally maintain the apron in an upstanding posi tion, but not of such stability and stiffness as 5 would make the apron unyielding to the contact of the arms or body of the worker. In order to procure a stronger grip on the wall of the sink by the bifurcated portions ia and to of the shield I provide one or more vacuum cups 2, making them an integral part of the portion lc, After the shield has been mounted on the sink and the vacuum or suction cups manually depressed, upon release of the applied pressure suf?cient vacuum is created to hold the bottom portion of the shield quite ?rmly secured in place on the sink. » - The use of my sink shield makes, for economy in that the mostvdelicate clothing is protected against the splashing of water or spattering of material thereonto while the person is engaged in mixing food for coolL'ng, the operation being conducted‘in proper dishes or mixing utensils in the sink. ' But to be effective, the shield must stand at 25 such an elevation as will reach, say, to the bosom of the average height person. At such a height, ~ however, the shield must be ?exible and suscep tible of yielding to contact of the person’s arms or body, else vgreat inconvenience is experienced 30 in being required to reach over what to all intents and purposes amounts to a rigid, in?exible fence, greatly impeding the freedom of action of the person in performing her task. , The ?exibility of the shield permits the person working to greater advantage as she bends over the sink, than would be the case were it fabricated of some semi-rigid or in?exible material. And to procure this advantage, and at the same time construct the device of sufficient height to pro tect a greater part of the front portion of the worker's clothes, requires that it be made of rub ber or rubberized fabric, such as my improved shield is intended to be made. It is adapted to be applied to various forms and styles of sinks by slight modi?cation in the outer branch of the bifurcated portion of the shield, as illustrated at lh, in Fig. 4, this form being used when mounted on an iron sink Sa, with front. wall as shown at Wu. ‘ ' 50 ,The shield is easily and quickly attached to or , detached from a sink, and the advantages accru- ' ing by its use will, I believe, commend it to those whose duties involve working over a sink; What I claim is: 55 2 2,131,111 A protective shield for a kitchen sink adapted to be detachably secured to one of the walls thereof, comprising a thin, soft rubber. apron, a plurality of vertically disposed ribs made integral with the inner face of the wall of the sink, and the other branch of said portion adapted to engage the opposite or outer face of the said wall, the two branches straddling the wall and together said apron and projecting inwardly from the face thereof, said ribs extending from top to bottom of the apron and serving to yieldingly maintain it, maintaining a yieldable embrace thereof, and a plurality of rubber suction cups on the inwardly normally, in an upstanding position, a bifurcated portion on the lower end of said shield, the inner adapted to assist in securing said apron, by suc 10 branch of said bifurcated portion constituting an extension of said apron and adapted to-engage disposed branch of said bifurcated portion tional means, to the wall of the sink. 10 LAURA A. MARSH.