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oct, 15, 1946.
B. F. PEAsE, JR
GARMENT LACING
Ü Filed Feb. 19, 1945
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Patented oct. 15, 1946
y UNITED
STATES PATENT- OFFICE
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2,409,381
GARMENT LACING »
Benjamin
PeaseQJr., Grafton, Mass.
Application` February 19, 1945, Serial No. 578,692
4 claims. (el. 2_39)
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'I‘his invention relates >to garments, such as
surgical belts, corsets origirdles, in which lac
ing means is provided to effect changes in the
separation of adjacent parts. More speciñcal
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similarly located lacing elements are equal `in
length and are symmetrical in position with re
spect-to the horizontal center line between the
two middle pairs of eyelets.. It will be noted,
ly, my invention relates to garments having a 5 however, that the lacing elements at greater dis
plurality of separate lacing elements which are
tances from the center line are of correspond
all attached to common straps or pull members,
ingly greater length.
and which are all tightened by a simple pull on
With the lacing thus constructed, the angular
one or both of the straps.
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relationship of the parts B and B’ may be sub
It is obvious that the contours to which such 10 stantially changed, while at the same time all
garments are applied vary substantially and that
self-adjustment of the angular relationship be
tween‘the separable parts is most desirable. It
is the general object of my invention to provide
of the lacing elementswill remain under substan
tially uniform tension.
This will be plainly evident by inspection of
Fig. 2, in which the distance from the strap 30
a lacing of the type described, so constructed that
the separable parts may assume different angu
lar relationships and that all of the lacing ele
to the upper eyelet in the part B’ is increased
over that shown in Fig. 1, but the distance from
the lower eyelet in the part B to the strap 3|
is correspondingly decreased. This is also true
sion, regardless of changes in such angular rela
of each of the other lacing elements, so that the
tionship.
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20 total length of each lacing element between the
My invention further relates to arrangements
straps 3|) and 3| remains substantially constant
and combinations of parts which will be herc
for any usual change in the angular relationship
inafter described and more particularly pointed
of the parts B and B'.
out in the appended claims.
While the symmetrical arrangement of lacing
A preferred form of the invention is shown in PS CA elements above described is the preferred and
the drawing, in which
most satisfactory construction, substantial ad
Fig. 1 is a rear elevation of a portion of a
vantages may be obtained where there is only
belt embodying my improvements; and
minor deviation from a strictly symmetrical ar
Fig. 2 is a similar view but with the separable
rangement.
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parts in a diñerent angular relation.
The provision of the stiiïening members I4
Referring to the drawing, I have shown sepa
vclosely adjacent the eyelets l0 is of substantial
rable parts B and B' of a belt or girdle or other
importance, as the angular disposition of the
similar article of apparel. Each part is pro
lacing elements as they‘cross from one part of
vided with a pluralityof eyelets I0 adjacent the
the belt to the other` would otherwise tend to
free edge thereof, and one ofthe parts may havev ’ crumple or fold the belt toward the center line.
an extension l2 to cover the opening between the
This tendency is effectively offset by the stiffen
parts. Each part B and B' also preferably has
ing members I4.
a stiifening member I4 secured in a pocket l5
It will be" understood that the straps 3U and
adjacent the eyelets I0.
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3| may be passed to the front of the wearer
I have also provided a series of separate lac
and may be secured in any usual or convenient
ing elements 2| to 26, the free ends of which are
manner. The number of lacing elements may
al1 iirmly secured to pull straps 3|] and 3| in
also be increased or reduced, provided the oppo
any convenient manner, as by stitching 32. The
site parts of each lacing element are symmetri
lacing element 2| extends from the strap 3|)
cally disposed with respect to the center line of
through an upper eyelet I0 on the part B' and ‘
the lacing.
then crosses over to a lower eyelet I 0 on the
Having thus described my invention and the
part B and thence to the‘strap 3|. The other
advantages thereof, I do not wish to be limited
lacing elements are similarly disposed, so that
to the details herein disclosed, otherwise than
the order of the lacing elements is reversed ver
as set forth in the claims, but what I claim ist
tically at their points of attachment to the belts
1. In a garment having separable parts, a lac
30 and 3| .
ing unit having a plurality of separate lacing ele
Each lacing element pass-es through an eyelet
ments each having a iirst portion passing through
in one part above the center line and then through
and engaging an eyelet in the free end of one
ments shall be under substantially the same ten- `
an eyelet in the other part which is at a corre
sponding distance below the center line, so that
separable part and at one side of a horizontal
center line of said garment and each having a
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second portion passing through and engaging a
ing the spacing of separable parts thereof, the
second eyelet in the free end of the other sep
arable part and at the other side of said horizon
tal center line and equally spaced therefrom and
each having a section extending diagonally be
tween and connecting said ñrst and second_por
tions, and pull straps to which the ends of all of
said lacing elements are secured, whereby the
angular relationship of said separable parts may
combination with said separable parts, each of
which has a transverse row of eyelets adjacent its
free end, of a plurality of separate lacing ele
ments, and pull straps to which the ends of all of
said lacing elements are secured, each lacing ele
be changed vwhile substantially uniform tension
of all of said lacing elements is maintained.
2. In a garment having separable parts, a lac
ing unitv having a plurality of separate lacing
elements each having a ñrst portion passing
through and engaging an eyelet in the free >end
ment extending from one pull strap to an eyelet
in the opposite separable part and at one side
of a. horizontal center line of said garment, thence
diagonally to an eyelet in the second separable
part at the opposite side of said horizontal cen
ter line, and thence to the second pull strap,
whereby substantially uniform tension in all of
said lacing elements is maintained when the
angular relationship of said separable parts and
of one separable part and at one side of a hori
rows of eyelets is changed.
zontal center line of said garment and each hav
ing a second portion passing through and engag
ing a second eyelet in the free end of the other
separable part and at the other side of said hori
4._ In a garment having separable parts, a lac
ing unit having a plurality of separate lacing
elements each passing through and engaging an
eyelet in the free end of one separable part and
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zontal center line and each having a section ex
at one side of a horizontal center line of said
tending diagonally between and connecting said
garment and each passing through and engaging
ñrst and second portions, a transverse stiiîening
member mounted adjacent the free end of each
a second eyelet in the free end of the other sep
arable part and at the other sid'e of said hori
separable part, and pull straps to which the ends 25 zontal center line, and pull straps to which the
of all of said lacing elements are secured, where
by the angular relationship of said separable
parts may be changed while substantially uni
form tension of al1»` of said lacing elements is
maintained.
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`."zl. In a garment having a lacing for determin
ends of all of said lacing elements are secured,
whereby the angular relationship of said separa
ble parts may be changed While substantially uni
form tension of all of said lacing elements is
maintained.
BENJAMIN F. PEASE', JR.
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