o@ 22, 1946- i R.’E. E_DMÓNsoN i 2,409,744 NECKTIE Filed Dec. 2, 1943 4 „11€ _ELE E¿72270.17 2712 W@ 74%@ 2,409,744 Patented Oct. 22, 1946 UNITED STATES PATE-NT OFFICE Application December 2, 1943, Serial No. 512,626 3 Claims. (Cl. 2_148) 1 2 This invention relates to neckties and more particularly to the type known as four-in-hand, which are usually constructed with a relatively wide flaring knot-tying portion at one end, while the part of the tie which encircles the neck and the other end around which the knot is tied is relatively narrow, so that the knot is slidable on Figure 5 is a transverse cross~section taken on line 5_5 of Figure 2. In the drawing, a conventional four-in-hand type necktie is illustrated having a relatively wide~ilaring knot-tying portion l and a rela tively narrow slide portion 2 around which the knot 3 is adapted to be tied, with an intermediate the inner end portion. neck-encircling portion 4. In accordance with the present invention, two In connection with ties of this general char acter, three particular diñiculties are encountered 10 elongated strips 5_5 of stiffening material such as felt or any fabric having a frictional surface which tend to detract from their popularity. -are positioned on the back face of the knot-tying VOne of these is the tendency of the knot part to portion l of the tie extending outwardly from slip on the inner or slip end of the tie so that the point where the neck-encircling portion 4 the tie becomes loose about the neck. Another is the diñiculty of uniformly tying the knot to 15 joins the knot-tying portion I and extending to- . ward the end of the knot-tying portion a sufhcient produce a satisfactory draping of the material distance so that when a suitable knot is tied the where the knot-tying portion extends from the outer ends of the frictional strips 5_5 will extend knot, while the third is the difficulty of the knot below the knot, as is clearly illustrated in Figure 2. loosening on itself after being tied, so as to destroy the drape and increase the tendency to 20 These strips may be secured in position as by stitching 6. While the strips 5_5 will be usually slip. l of fabric as suggested, it is conceivable that they Various proposals have been advanced to elimi might be formed of other material or, if desired, nate these diñiculties, but most of the remedies as a coating or impregnation of those portions of proposed to improve the draping qualities of the tie are calculated to involve a loosened knot 25 the knot-forming part of the tie. The essential test of a, suitable material is that it shall provide structure and thus accentuate the likelihood of stiffening lines having a frictional surface in the slipping of the knot and further loosening of the position indicated. knot proper, while on the other hand, any attempt A tie constructed as speciiied will be found to to tighten the knot to prevent the slipping is 30 tie with a suitably loose knot 3 and a natural calculated to destroy the draping qualities and the appearance of the tie. The present invention has for its principle atractivo drape providing the dimple l, while at the same time the knot will resist the natural tendency both to loosen as a knot and to slide object the provision of simple, inexpensive means upon the inner slide end 2. calculated to eliminate all of the objections men Within the knot structure itself, it will be 35 tioned and produce Without any particular skill noted that the frictional strips 5_5 contact and on the part of the person tying the knot an at frictionally engage the adjacent portions of the tractive well-draped or “dimpled” effect, while knot-tying part of the tie itself, while at the same at the same time the likelihood of slipping or time other portions of the frictional strips con loosening of the knot is practically eliminated. 40 tact and engage the inner slide part of the tie as The invention consists in the novel construc is well illustrated in Figure 5. tion, arrangement and combinations of parts Having thus fully described my invention, I hereinafter more particularly described and claim: claimed. > 1. A tie of the four-in-hand type having a knot* One sheet of drawings accompanies this speci 45 forming part, a slip end about which the knot ñcation as part thereof, in which like reference is tied and an intermediate neck-encircling part characters indicate like parts throughout. with laterally spaced strips of frictional surface Figure 1 is a fragmentary front view of the stiffening material positioned on the exterior of improved tie knotted. the back face of the knot-forming part and eX Figure 2 is a fragmentary rear view of the 50 tending toward the end of said part beyond the improved tie knotted. portion actually involved in tying the knot. Figure 3 is a back plan .view of the portion 2. In a tie adapted to encircle the neck and of the tie, showing the invention in position. have one end portion tied in a knot about the Figure 4 is a transverse cross-section taken on line 4_4 of Figure 2. other end portion, means for forming an indenta 55 tion in the knot-forming part where it extends 2,409,744 3 beyond the knot and restraining the portion about 3. In a tie of the type specified, laterally spaced longitudinal stiffening frictional strips on the knot, comprising two longitudinally extending exterior of the back face of the tie extending laterally spaced stiffening strips having outer throughout the knot structure and below the knot, frictional surfaces secured to the back face of the 5 said frictional strips engaging adjacent portions which the knot is tied from slipping within the knot-tying part of sufficient length and so located of the knot structure and the slide end of the tie as to substantially surround and frictionally en within the knot as specified. gage the inner slip portion of the knot when tied and to extend below the knot and bias the extend 10 ing knot-tying part to form a dimple. ROBERT E. EDMONSON.