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Патент USA US2408074

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Sept. 24, 1946.
- 2,408,073
Filed Jan. 5, 1945
1 WWW EM?‘
Patented Sept. 24, 1946
Clara Ilo Kickland, Aberdeen, Wash.
Application January 5, 1945, Serial No. 571,380
2 Claims.
(Cl. 3-11)
practical construction, which is ef?cient and de
pendable in use, relatively inexpensive to manu
facture and otherwise well adapted for the pur
2| and 22 also positioned in advance of the hinge
member 1 on the inside of the leg and connected
pair of rear inelastic straps l2 and I3 are also
The present invention relates to new and use
received in another pair of the loops 9.
ful improvements in arti?cial legs and more par
The lower end of the front strap l I is attached
ticularly to a harness for suspending the arti
to the rear strap [2 adjacent the lower end of the
?cial legs from the shoulders of a person and
connected to the arti?cial leg below the knee 5 latter by a ring I4 on the outer side of the thigh
6 and a strap section 15 is attached to the ring
joint whereby to prevent the buckling of the ar
I4 and extends downwardly for attaching to a
ti?cial leg at the knee joint.
ring l6 positioned in front of the outside hinge
An important object of the invention is to pro
‘I and attached to the leg section 5 by a strap
vide a shoulder suspension or harness for arti
section I‘! and snap fastener l8.
?cial legs where the leg has been amputated
The upper end of the strap I2 is attached to a
above the knee and to provide straps connected
ring I 9 to which the upper end of the rear strap
to the arti?cial leg below the knee joint and at
[3 is also attached. The rear strap l3 extends
each side thereof to restrict the bending move
downwardly and inwardly under the buttocks of
ment of the arti?cial leg and thus to aiTord bet
a person and along the inner side of the thigh
ter control thereof.
6 for attaching to a ring 20 a'nd'which, in turn,
A further object of the invention is to provide
‘ is attached to the leg 5 by means of the straps
an attachment of this character of simple and
20 thereto by the snap buttons 23.
The lower end of the strap I0 is also attached
poses for which the same is intended.
to the ring 20.
Other objects and advantages reside in the
detailsof construction and operation as more
The upper ends of the straps I0 and II are
connected to each other in front of the person
ence being had to the accompanying drawing 25 by a ring 24 and to the ring is attached one end
of a belt 25 which extends partially around the
forming part hereof, wherein like numerals refer
waist of the wearer at the side opposite from the
to like parts throughout, and in which:
arti?cial leg and is attached to an intermediate
Figure l is a side elevational view.
portion of a shoulder strap 26 by a rivet 21.
Figure 2 is a front elevational view
The lower end of the shoulder strap 26 is at
Figure 3 is a rear elevational view.
tached to the ring [9 at the outside of the leg
Figure 4 is an enlarged sectional View
and extends upwardly diagonally across the back
substantially on the line 4—4 of Figure 3.
and over the shoulder of the wearer thereof op
Figure 5 is a similar view taken substantially
posite from the arti?cial leg. The shoulder strap
on a line 5—5 of Figure 1, and
Figure 6 is a similar View taken substantially 35 26 then extends downwardly diagonally across
the front of the wearer with its lower end at
on a line 6—6 of Figure 3.
tached to the ring 24. The strap 26 is provided
Referring now to the drawing in detail where
with a buckle 28 to adjust the same.
in for the purpose of illustration I have disclosed
A second shoulder strap 29 is also attached at
a preferred embodiment of the invention, the
0 one end to the ring 24 at the front of the wearer
numeral 5 designates the leg section of an arti?
and over the other shoulder of the wearer and
cial leg connected to the thigh section 6 at each
is attached to the strap 26 above the belt 25 at
side thereof by the hinged joint ‘I, the arti?cial
a point indicated at 30.
leg being of conventional construction and adapt
The straps 25, 26 and 29 are preferably of clas
fully hereinafter described and claimed, refer
ed for the rear pivotal movement of the leg sec
tion 5 and restricted in its forward movement
In order to restrain the rearward pivotal move
ment of the leg section 5 relative to the thigh
section 6, I provide a strap 8 secured to the up
per portion of the thigh section 6 circumferen
9 tie material and by means of which a yieldable
upward pulling force is exerted on the leg 5 in
advance of its hinge joint 1 whereby to restrain
rearward swinging movement of the leg.
It is believed that‘ the details of construction
and manner of use of the device will be readily
understood from the foregoing without further
tially thereof and having loops 9 carried thereby
at circumferentially spaced intervals.
detailed explanation
Having thus described the invention, what I\
A pair of front inelastic straps l0 and H are
slidably'received in a pair of the'loops 9 and a 55
claim is:
1. A suspender for arti?cial legs having piv
otally connected leg and thigh sections, pairs of
front and rear straps connected at their lower‘
of its pivot, means connecting the upper ends of
the front straps to each other, means connecting
the upper ends of the rear straps to each other,
an elastic shoulder strap connected to the upper
ends to inner and outer sides of the leg section
forwardly of its pivot, the straps of each pair
being connected together at their upper ends, a C1 ends of said front and rear straps, a second
belt and a shoulder strap connected to the upper
shoulder strap connected to the upper ends of the
ends of said pairs of straps and to which the
pair of front straps and to the first mentioned
opposite ends of the belt are connected.
shoulder strap, and a belt having one end con
2. A suspender for arti?cial legs having pivot
nected to the upper ends of the pair of front
ally connected‘ leg and thigh sections,'a pair of 10 straps and‘ the other end thereof connected to
inelastic front straps connected respectively at
the ?rst mentioned shoulder strap between the
their lower ends to the inner and outer sides of
upper ends of the pair of rear straps and the
the leg section forwardly of its pivot, a pair of
point of connection of the shoulder straps.
inelastic rear straps connected respectively to the
inner and outer sides of the leg section forwardly 15
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