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May 7, 1963
w. A. BAKER
3,088,1 1 7
SHIRT COLLAR AND GUFF nzmoxczumr
Filed Oct. 26, 1961
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‘ ‘INVENTOR
W/'///'am A. Baker
ATTORNEY
United States Patent 0
3,088,117.
Patented May 7, 1963
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3,088,117
often starehed, either partially or completely, in order
to present a good appearance, but such starching inevi
tably produces a stiff edge at the fold edge 16 which cuts
SHIRT COLLAR AND CUFF REINFORCEMENT
William A. Baker, 5230 Catalina, Shawnee Mission, Kane.
Filed Oct. 26, 1961, Ser. No. 147,826
3 Claims. (Cl. 2—-129)
or otherwise chafes the neck of the wearer, and thus is
undesirable.
This invention relates to reinforcements for collars
and cuffs of shirts and has for an object to provide ‘im
provement in supporting, stiffening and shaping both the
collars and the folded cuffs of men’s shirts, although, of
course, equally applicable to women’s shirts which may
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In the form of this invention as applied to collars, there
is provided a pair of reinforcements 18 as illustrated sep
arately in FIG. 2, and each reinforcement consists of a
piece of paper, plastic or other suitable material 20 of
19
su?icient rigidity. These pieces 20 are sized and shaped,
as illustrated in FIG. 1, to conform to the shape and size
of the major area of the folded collar element 14, it being
observed in FIG. 1 that when in position, the two pieces
20 are spaced apart somewhat at the back, but are close
not stiff enough to be self-supporting, particularly after
having been worn a few hours, and thus, the collars or 15 to but spaced from each of the ends and bottom edges, as
well as the fold edge 16 of the folded collar element 14.
cuffs tend to be wrinkled before the end of a single day’s
The two collar reinforcement pieces 20 are mirror
wear, making them unsightly.
images of each other and the major area of each piece 20
It is an object of this invention to provide means which
is covered with a pressure sensitive pull-release adhesive
will prevent premature wrinkling of both collars or folded
cuffs, and wherein the same principles of this invention 20 22 of a conventional wellaknown type that will adhere to
cloth and strip away clean, this type of adhesive being so
can be applied not only to collars which are present in
well-known that it is even used as a cleaner for cloth in
almost every shirt, but also to folded cuffs when such
have either or both folded collars or folded cuffs. Such
collars and cuffs are now often made of material that is
folded cuffs are present on the shirt.
Still a further object of this invention is to provide
a means of reinforcement for both collars and cuffs, or
that it will adhere to fuzz that may be on cloth, and re
move the fuzz from the cloth without damage to the cloth,
to thus leave it clean.
wristbands, which would still permit particularly the col
However, this adhesive 22 will preferably be omitted
lar to have the feel of a soft collar yet, when this rein
from one corner 24 of each piece 20, so that when the
two pieces are paired together in an assembly, as in FIG.
forcement is added, to have the, appearance and shape
6, these corners 24 with-out adhesive permit ready gripping
of a comparatively hard, or starched, collar without the
uncomfortable feel of a starched collar.
30 by one’s ?ngers or ?ngernails for separating the two pieces
for use on the folded collar element 14.
Still a further object of this invention is to provide a
In use with this part of the invention, the reinforce
reinforcement or attachment which can be added to the
ments 18 are packed in pairs with the adhesive 22 in
soft collar of a shirt, or to the folded wristband of a
contact with each other and the adhesive-free corners 24
shirt, when present, for preventing the collar or folded
wristband from degenerating into a wilted-down wrinkled '
condition when in use, and which reinforcement can be
readily stripped off prior to laundering and discarded, and
wherein the reinforcement is so inexpensive that a new
one can be added to the shirt after laundering, either by
the user, or preferably, by the commercial laundry as an
additional service to the customer, either at a slight ad
ditional charge, or even without any additional charge,
as an added inducement provided by the laundry in at
likewise in mating contact with each other, but not adher
ing to each other, due to lack of the adhesive.
In order to use the invention, the pair are taken in one’s
?ngers, gripped at the corners 24, separated, and then
placed appropriately on the inside of the folded collar
element 14, which is temporarily unfolded ‘so as to proper
ly position reinforcements 20 thereon, then the collar is
folded back and the shirt is ready for use. Obviously, this
may be done in the home by the user, or in the laundry
as an added service when the shirt is laundered. When
tracting and keeping its. customers.
With the above and related objects in view, the present 45 the wearer is ready to send the shirt to the laundry, he
invention consists in the details of construction and com
bination of parts, as will be more fully understood from
the following description, when read in conjunction with
the accompanying drawings, in which:
again grips the pieces at the corners 24 to strip them
away and discard them, or, this is done at the laundry if
desired. When next received from the laundry, it may
have the pieces already attached, or the pieces may be
FIG. 1 is a plan view of a shirt collar to which this 50 attached thereto by the wearer.
In FIGS. 4 and 5, the principles of this invention are
invention has been applied.
shown as applied to the folded over cuffs or wristbands
FIG. 2 is a plan view of the pair of shirt collar rein
on the sleeves 26 of a shirt. In this form of the invention
forcements used in FIG. 1.
the reinforcement piece 28 is likewise shaped to conform
FIG. 3 is a sectional view on line 3-3‘ of FIG. 1.
FIG. 4 is a plan view of a reinforcement of this inven 55 to the shape and size of the folded over element 30 of the
folded wristband or cuff 32. As illustrated, the reinforc
tion for use with a shirt collar or wristband.
FIG. 5 is a plan view, partly broken away, showing
the folded cuff or wristband reinforcement in operative
position.
FIG. 6 is a sectional view of a pair of reinforcements 60
in assembled position, before being separated for use.
ing piece 28 is substantially rectangular, in view of the
fact that the folded element 30 of the cuff 32 is usually
likewise substantially rectangular.
The surface of the reinforcement piece 28 is provided
with a similar pressure sensitive pull-release adhesive 34
as in the collar reinforcement pieces 18, and this adhesive
There is shown at 10 a conventional shirt having a neck
covers substantially the entire surface of one side of the
band 12. and its customary folded element 14 which makes
reinforcement piece 28 except for adjacent one corner, as
up the conventional soft collar as found on many shirts.
This folded collar element 14-‘ and the neckband 12 are 65 at 36, thereby leaving this corner 36 free of adhesive, so
that when a pair of reinforcement pieces 28 are placed
often made of the same material as the body of the shirt
face-to-face, the same as illustrated in FIG. 6, the two
10, thus providing a soft collar, which is the most com
adhesive-free corners 3-6 come face to face in the assem
fortable type of collar, yet, unless it is at least partly or
fully starehed, often presents a wilted-down wrinkled 70 bled pair. As thus assembled, it is very easy to separate
the two reinforcing pieces 28 and use one piece in each
condition after an hour or two of use, thus presenting an
cuif 32 in the same manner that the pair of reinforcement
untidy appearance. To avoid this, such soft collars are
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pieces 18 and 28 may be made of suitable inexpensive ma
terial such as stiffened cardboard, inexpensive plastics, or
stantial width generally not greater than the depth of the
folded element of the collar, the length of each strip be
ing slightly less than one half the length of said folded
element, a coating of pressure sensitive pull-releasable ad
hesive coating substantially covering oneface of each said
strip except for small mating corners free of said adhe
other, similar material that is so inexpensive that it can be
readily discarded after one use, and is low enough in price
to be used as a business attracting give-away item, along
faces in contact, said adhesive free corners facilitating
separating said strips from each other for use in being
pieces 18 are used in the shirt collar. Either the wearer
or the laundry may insert the cuff reinforcement 28 after
laundering, and remove the same after the shirt is Worn.
before it is laundered. Obviously, both reinforcement
with the laundry service.
sive, said strips being assembled as a pair with said coated
10 releasably attached to the major area and shape of the
Obviously, in view of the necessity in the case of folded
inner surface of said folded element of the shirt collar
cuffs, for inserting cuff links 38 therethrough, the rein
forcement pieces 28 may be either scored or perforated
at suitable locations at 40 and 42, so as to generally co
operate with the cuff link openings in the cuff 32.
Although this invention has been described in consider
able detail, such description is intended as being illustra
tive rather than limiting, since the invention may be vari
ously embodied, and the scope of the invention is to be
determined as claimed.
for providing reinforcement thereto conforming to the
major area thereof when the shirt is being worn, said
adhesive free corners also facilitating separating said
15 strips thereafter from said folded element.
3. A reinforcement for the folded element of shirt cuffs
comprising a pair of separate oppositely disposed elon
gated ?at strips of thin, relatively stiff but ?exible com
paratively inexpensive disposable material and of sub
stantial width generally not greater than the depth of the
folded element of the cuff, the length of each strip being
slightly less than the length of said folded element, a
coating of pressure sensitive pull-releasable adhesive coat
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Having thus set forth and disclosed the nature of this
invention, what is claimed-is:
1. A reinforcement for the folded element of shirt col
lars or cuffs comprising a pair of separate oppositelydis
ing substantially covering one face of each said strip ex
posed elongated disposable ?at strips of thin, relatively
25 cept for small mating corners free of said adhesive, said
stiff but flexible comparatively inexpensive material and
of substantial width generally not greater than the depth
strips, being assembled as apair with said coated faces
in contact, said adhesive free corners facilitating separat
of the folded element of the collar or cuff, a coating of
ing said strips from each other for use in being releasably
pressure sensitive pull-releasable adhesive coating substan
attached to the major, area and shape of the inner surface
tially covering one face of each said strip except for 30 of said folded element of the shirt cuff for providing rein
small mating corners free from, said adhesive, said strips
forcement thereto conforming to the major area thereof
being assembled as apiar with said coated faces in con
when the shirt is beingworn, said adhesive free corners
tact, said adhesive free corners facilitating separating said
strips from each other for use in being releasably attached
to the major area ofthe. inner surface of said folded ele
ment of the shirt collar or cuif for providing reinforcement
thereto conforming to. the major area and shape thereof
when the shirt is being. worn, said adhesive free corners
facilitating. separating said strips thereafter from said
folded element.
2. A reinforcement for the folded element of shirt col
lars comprising a pair of separate oppositely disposed
elongated ?at strips of thin, relatively stiff but flexible
comparatively inexpensive disposable material and of sub
also facilitating separating said strips thereafter from said
folded element.
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