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Feb. 5, 1963 J. CLYNE 3,076,198 SHIRT COLLAR AND SUPPORT THEREFOR Filed Jan. 23, 1961 FIG. 1 FIG. 3 ’ INVENTOR JOSEPH CLYNE BY ; -j ) % ATTORNEY United States Patent O??ce 1 3,076,198 SHIRT COLLAR AND SUPPORT THEREFOR Joseph‘ Clyne, Bronx, N.Y., assignor to Apparel Patent Co. Inc., New .York, N.Y., a corporation of New York ' Filed Jan. 23, 1961, Ser. No. 84,398 m 3,076,198 Patented Feb. 5., 1963 2 a modi?ed construction of the independently-acting holding means; and ‘ FIG. 6 is a sectional view taken on the line 6-6 of FIG. 5. Referring to FIGS; 1 and 2, a shirt 10 is provided with 1 Claim. (Cl. 2—132) an attached collar 12, including a neckband 14 and a cape 16, which folds down over and around the neck ‘ 'My invention relates to improvements in shirt-type band. The shirt and collar combination, as shown in garments and more particularly to a shirt and collar FIG. 1, includes a tie 18 extending generally between construction adapted to give the'collar a neat appear 10 the end edges 20 of the cape 16. The end edge portions ance, especially when the shirt is Worn with a tie. _ are provided with stays 22, and they and the neckband Various types of constructions have been provided for are provided with cooperating snap fastener elements securing the ends of a collar, such as the button-down for securing the end edge portions closely adjacent the type of soft collar where the body of the shirt is pro tie and closely adjacent the neckband and body of the vided with buttons and the corners of the collar are 15 shirt. In FIG. ‘1 the corner of the collar at the right provided with buttonholes, so, that the corners of the is folded back to show a female snap fastener element collar are buttoned to the body of the shirt. Button 24 attached to the neckband ‘and a male snap fastener down type soft collars are neat under some circum element 26 attached to the underside of the end edge stances, but under other circumstances, they tend to portion of the collar at an intermediate point approxi ‘bulge outwardly. Cross pins have been used for se 20 mately midway of the length of the end edge 20. curing the ends of a shirt collar together and which The end edge portion of the collar at the left in FIG. .1 extend under the tie, but they are objectionable because is unfastened, as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2. FIG. 2 shows they mar the collar and tend to hold the knot of the the various layers of fabric comprising the neckband tie away from the front of the shirt. It has also been and the cape of the collar sewed together in a conven proposedv to provide tabs attached to the ends of the 25 tional manner. The cape comprises inner and outer collar and secured together under. the tie. Devices of layers 28 and 30 while the neckband includes outer and this type, however, are not easy to manipulate and often inner layers 32 and 34 sewed to the cape 12 and the show at the sides of the tie. body of the shirt. The ‘female snap fastener element Having in mind the foregoing disadvantages with 24 is secured to the outer layer 32 of. fabric of the respect to prior constructions, the primary object of the 30 neckband at or near the lower seam and may be secured present invention is to provide a shirt and collar con struction which includes means for holding the end before the layers are sewed together and to the body of the shirt. The male snap fastener element 26 is se edges of the collar closely adjacent to the body of the cured to the inner layer of fabric 28 of the cape of the shirt without interfering in any way with the tie. collar inside of or behind the stay 22, as shown in ‘FIGS. A further object of the invention is to provide a collar 85 1 and 2. The element 26 may be attached before the having a neat appearance when worn with a tie and cape of the collar is closed and secured to the neck which includes means for holding the ends of the collar band 14. closely adjacent to the body of the shirt and the knot of ‘It is relatively easy to fasten the snap fastener ele the tie. ments 24 and 26 bypressing them together, even with the In accordance with the invention, the improved shirt 40 tie in place, and when they are fastened, the end edge construction is of the type provided with a fold-down portions of the collar are held closely adjacent to the collar, including a neckband portion and a cape ex collarband and body of the shirt directly along the sides tending around and down over the neckband, the cape of the tie, so that a very neat and pleasing appearance having spaced end edges at the front of the shirt, and is obtained. When it is desired to remove the tie, all means for individually holding the end edge portions 45 that is necessary is to pull out on the corners of the of the cape of the collar closely adjacent the body of collar to unfasten the snap fasteners. The collar shown the shirt. In this construction, the holding means com~ in FIGS. 1 and 2 may be a soft or a starched or stiff prises a separate, independently-acting snap fastener collar. If a particular wearer of the collar does not means for each of the end edge portions, a ?rst element wish to snap the edge portions of the collar to the neck of the snap fastener means being attached on the under 50 band, the shirt may be worn without snapping the snap side of the end edge portion of the cape and approxi fasteners, thereby providing a two-way collar. Even mately midway along the end edge of the cape, a second though the end edge portions of the collar are not held element of the snap fastener means being attached to in place, the snap fastener elements are not normally the neckband portion directly opposite the ?rst element. visible, and they are never visible when fastened and Sti?ening stay means in the cape back the ?rst element 55 do not interfere in any way with the tie. and extend for a substantial portion of the height of FIGS. 3 and 4 show a shirt and collar construction the cape. of the sports shirt type in which the collar 12’ is a one The details of the improved construction according to piece structure including inner and outer layers 36 and the invention are described hereinafter in connection with 38, the neckband portion of which is sewed to the body the accompanying drawings forming a part of this ap 60 of the shirt. In this instance the female snap fastener plication. In the drawings: FIG. 1 is a broken front view of a shirt, with a tie in place, constructed in accordance with the invention; element 24’ is at the attachment seam, while the male element 26' is secured to the cape of the collar as in FIGS. 1 and 2. A decorative cap 40 of known type is attached through the outer layer 38 to the outer por FIG. 2 is a sectional view taken on the line 2—-2 of 65 tion of the male element 26’ to give the appearance shown in FIG, 3. The decorative cap 40 may be a white or colored insert having the appearance of a stud. FIG. 3 is a view similar to that of FIG, 1 showing a The collar and shirt structure shown in FIGS. 5 and slightly modi?ed construction; 6 comprises a collar 12" in which the outer layer 42 is FIG. 4 is a sectional view taken on the line 4-4 of 70 integral with and forms the inner layer of the neck FIG. 3; band portion as in FIG. 4. The inner layer 44 of the lFIG. 5 is a view similar to that of FIG. 1 showing cape portion extends to the upper portion of an outer FIG. 1; 3,076,198 3 neckband layer 46 where a seam secures them to the layer 42. The lower edges of the neckband layer 46 and neckband portion of the layer 42 are sewed to the body 10" of the shirt. The independently-acting holding means illustrated in FIGS. 5 and 6 comp-rises a narrow strip of material such as fabric or tape 48 extending along the underside of each end edge portion of the cape of the collar, the ends of which are sewed to the layer of fabric 44 or to both layers 42 and 44. The upper end of the strip 48 is preferably attached near the bend of the cape while the lower end is attached at a point normally opposite the 4 I claim: In a shirt including a body and an attached collar having a neckband portion "and an overlying cape, the cape including inner and outer layers of fabric mate rial and extending around and down over the neckband portion of the collar, the cape having spaced end edges at the front of the shirt; the improvement comprising separable snap fastener means for selectively holding each end edge portion of the cape close to the neckband portion and the body of the shirt, and stiifening stay means wider than the snap fastener means and of a length to extend for a substantial portion of the height of the cape located between the inner and outer layers of fabric material in each end edge portion of the cape, tie 5% which extends around the neckband, in the man 15 each snap fastener means including two cooperating ele ments one of which is attached only to the inner layer ner illustrated in FIG. 6. The strips 48 are preferably of the ‘fabric of the cape along its end edge portion and located slightly inwardly from the end edges of the cape is located on the underside of said end edge portion in so that they are never visible. They may have a width back of said stiffening stay means therein and approxi of about 1%; inch and be only slightly longer than the shortest distance between their end seams so that they 20 mately midway along the end edge of the cape while the other element is attached to the neckband portion form a sort of loop around the inner surface of the tie. directly opposite said one element. The strips 48 are preferably non-elastic but may have slight stretch to accommodate the band of the tie but References Cited in the ?le of this patent without bulging the collar. UNITED STATES PATENTS When putting on a tie, it is inserted through a strip 26 962,665 Quigley ____________ __ June 28, 1910 43 on one side brought around the neckband layer 46 1,400,339 Wright _____________ __ Dec. 13, 1921 and through the other strip 48. When the tie is knotted 2,059,998 Price _______________ __ Nov. 3, 1936 and the knot drawn up to normal position, the strips lower portion of the neckband layer 46. The strip 48 is sut?ciently long to accommodate the portion of the are pulled in against the neckband portion of the collar and hold the end edge portions of the cape of the collar 30 closely adjacent to the body of the shirt and knot of the tie. 2,599,421 2,668,295 2,975,428 Wilm _______________ __ June 3, 1952 Garrido ______________ __ Feb. 9, 1954 Pfeffer et a1 __________ __ Mar. 21, 1961 337,542 Great Britain _________ __ Nov. 6, 1930 The strips 48 are not visible and do not inter FOREIGN PATENTS fere with the tie but, in fact, cooperate with the tie to give a neat appearance.