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Патент USA US3024558

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March 13, 1962
Filed March 12, 1959
JB/m E. Mal/e777
United States Patent Q "rIC€
John E. Mallett, 1609 SW. 8th St., Miami, Fla.
Filed Mar. 12, 1959, Ser. No. 798,958
1 Claim. (Cl. 38--71)
This invention relates to certain new and useful im
provements in pressing, creasing or shaping garments to a
?nished condition, particularly those having lapels such
Patented Mar. 13, 1962
A tapered wedge member 14 is ?xed to the inner sur
face of one of the ?at members 6 or 7 by glue or other
means, adjacent the widest end of the particular ?at
member to which it is ?xed, shown by the dotted lines in
FIG. 2. This wedge member 14 is thinner in cross sec
tion at its inner end, that is it is tapered from the outer
edge of the ?at member to which it is ?xed toward the in
ner portion thereof as shown in FIG. 3. This arrange
ment effects a more even distribution of the spring pressed
10 clamping action of the creasing and pressing device 3
as sport shirts, uniforms and similar garments.
In the present invention a clamp-type creaser which
of this invention aiding in forming a smooth ?nished
may be maintained in a clamped or operating position un
surface on the lapel of the garment. This action of caus
der spring tension is employed and merely inserted in
ing an even distribution is quite apparent since the clamp
position in the garment to perform a substitute creasing
ing device, when spread apart in the position shown in
or ironing operation. This device may be used on gar 15 FiGURE 4, has an “open scissors like” effect. It is
ments which are damp from washing so that they will
obvious that the distance between the extreme outer
dry in a smooth condition or it may be used on dry gar
edges of the portions 6 and 7 are further apart than the
ments to eifect a creasing or pressing operation.
inner edges, which are closer to the radius on which the
Although this invention has much wider application,
it is very useful in creasing garments of the “Drip-Dry”
variety or nylon material, particularly in creasing the
lapels of sport shirts, uniforms and other similar gar
jaws 6 and 7 of the clamp are opened. By having the
taper wedge member 14 thinner at the inner edge and
progressively thicker towards the extreme outer edge, it
reduces the difference in width of the open clamp at its
extreme outer edges of the portions 6 and 7 in relation
It is the particular object of this invention to provide a
to the extreme inner portions thereof. Thus, when the
lapel creaser for “Drip-Dry” sport shirt collars and lapels 25 clamp is in the closed position of FIGURE 3, the thicker
and those of uniforms so that the lapel of the garment will
dry out in a smooth and flattened condition.
portion of the wedge at the outer edge serves to cause
more complete contact throughout the widest portion of
A further object is to press and ?atten the lapels of dry
the Wedge, which is adjacent the widest portion of the
garments such as uniforms in an easy and facile manner.
lapel of the garment as shown in FIGURE 1.
A cut out portion 15 is provided in one of the flat
members 6—7 to accommodate the collar button 16 of
shirt 1 or other garment thus insuring an even clamping
Other objects and bene?ts to be derived from this in
vention will be apparent from the following description
and accompanying drawing in which:
action of the device 3 and further aiding in the forming
FIG. 1 is a front view of a shirt hung on a conven
tional hanger shown with the pressing and creasing de
of a smooth unwrinkled surface on the lapel of the gar
35 ment.
vice of this invention applied in operating position.
FIG. 2 is a plan view of the pressing and creasing de
A modi?ed form of this invention is illustrated in FIG.
vice of this invention.
4 wherein a resilient lining 17, which may be of urethane
FIG. 3 is an end view of the pressing and creasing de—
vice illustrated in FIG. 2.
plastic, sponge or foam rubber or other desirable mate
rial is ?xed to the entire inner surface of each of the
FIG. 4 is an end view of this device shown in open
flat triangular-shaped members 6 and 7 of the creasing
and pressing device of this invention. This foam rubber
lining 17 is identical in shape and size to the ?at mem—
bers 6 and 7 and is bonded to the members by a suitable
adhesive. The purpose of this lining 17 is to absorb
projecting buttons such as the button 15 of the shirt 1 or
position and including a modi?cation thereof.
Referring now to FIG. 1 of the drawing, there is shown
a shirt 1, which may be of the “Drip-Dry” variety, hung
on a conventional hanger 2. The creasing and pressing
device of this invention is indicated generally by the nu
meral 3 and is shown applied to the shirt in operative po
sition in FIG. 1. It is somewhat triangular in form to
conform to the general contour of the lapel of the gar—
ment to be creased and may be made of wood, plastic or
other collar fastening devices thus assuring the forming
of a smooth unwrinkled surface on the lapel of the gar
ment to be creased or pressed and assuring an even tight
clamping action of the device 3.
The operation of this device is simple. The lapel of the
any other suitable material. This pressing device includes 50
garment is clamped in the device 3 by squeezing the
two ?at triangular-shaped members 6 and 7 which oppose
projecting arms 8 and 9 thereof together thus separating
each other as indicated in FIGS. 3 and 4. The flat mem
the ?at members 6 and 7 to permit insertion of the lapel
bers 6 and 7 are urged toward each other to effect a
of the garment to be creased or pressed. Upon release
clamping action by tension spring means which includes
a pair of outwardly extending arms 8 and 9 one of each
of: the arms 8 and 9 the ?at members 8 and 9 securely
clamp the lapel of the garment in the position desired.
of which is ?xed to each of the ?at members 6 and 7 by
Two of the clamping devices are utilized in the pressing
gluing or other suitable means. A tension spring 10
operation, one for each lapel, and the garment hung on
of the conventional coil type is provided having a pair of
a suitable hanger 2 as illustrated in FIG. 1 of the draw
inwardly extending projections 11 which ?t in slots or
grooves 12 formed in the arms 8 and 9, as illustrated 60 ing. It will be noted since the device 3 is shaped to con
in FIGS. 3 and 4.
form to the lapel the wider portion of each ?at mem
ber S and 6 will be positioned upwardly as illustrated in
The compressing action of the tension spring it) joins
FIG. 1 and the narrower portion will extend downwardly
the assembly together and normally maintains the ?at
when in operating position, with arms 8 and 9 inside the
members 6 and 7 in clamped relation to each other at all
times under the pressure exerted by the spring 10. The
This invention thus provides a simple, easy to use de
clamp 3 may be opened and the ?at members 6 and 7
vice of low cost for forming creases in and pressing the
separated to receive the lapels of the shirt 1 by squeezing
surface of the lapels of any garment. It is equally use
the outer ends of the outwardly extending arms 8 and 9
ful in “Drip-Dry” laundering operations or pressing of
together between one’s ?ngers. This action is similar
the lapels of dry garments.
to that of the conventional spring pressed wooden or 70
Having thus described this invention, I claim:
plastic clothes pin.
A reversible garment lapel creasing and pressing spring
actuated clamp attached to ?t either the left hand or right
hand lapel of the collar of a garment with equal facility,
comprising a pair of ?at surfaced, triangular shaped press
ing members shaped to closely conform to the outlines
of a conventional garment lapel when inserted in either
triangular shaped members substantially non-?exible and
being normally urged together by compression spring
means, means to separate said?at members to permit po
ment, the widest portion of the pressing member being
normally disposed uppermost and adjacent the widest
sitioning of the garment lapel therebetween, said sep
arating means being disposed within the neck line of the
garment when located in operative position on either the
right or left lapel of the garment, and readily releasable
when the garment lapel is located in the desired position
portion of the garment lapel, a resilient material ?xed to
the inner ?at surfaces of each triangular shaped pressing
whereby to clamp the garment lapel under spring ten
the right or left neck line sides of the lapel of the gar
between the ?at triangular shaped pressing members
member covering the entire inner surface thereof, a
sion to cause a creasing and pressing operation to be
tapered Wedge member'al?xed to the uppermost widest
performed thereon.
portion of said pressing member, said tapered wedge
member being thicker at the extreme outer edge of the
triangular shaped pressing member, and thinner adjacent 15
the extreme inner edge of said triangular shaped pressing
member, the thickness of said tapered wedge being
gradually reduced from the outer edge of the triangular
shaped pressing member and receding in thickness uni
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
Moore ______________ __ Sept. 12, 1911
Litch?eld ____________ __ Dec. 23, 1919
Swan ________________ __ Apr. 26, 1932
Germany ____________ __ June 8, 1921
formly and gradually from the outer edge to a point ad 20
jacent the inner edge of said pressing member, said ?at
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