To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, SARAH ANN JENYNS, a subject of the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and resident of Brisbane, in the State of Queensland, Commonwealth of Australia, have invented a certain new and useful Improvement in Corsets, of which the following is a specification.
My present invention has relation to an improved form of corset having the follow ing principal advantages: I provide mean; capable of instant operation from the front whereby the pressure or tension in the bad i may be quickly adjusted quite independent of that in front. I provide means whereby a plurality of lacings may be used to join the rear opposed edges, while separating the ends of the respective lacings in such a manner as to greatly facilitate picking out the different lacing ends by the wearer when adjusting the tension at different points in the back. I provide means for securely quickly and neatly disposing of the belt ends in front, and particularly useful where a special abdominal support is used.
The invention is illustrated in certain preferred forms in the accompanying drawings, wherein--
Figure 1 is a rear view of the corset when open, Fig. 2 is a rear view showing a modified arrangement of lacings, and Fig. 3 is a front view of a modified form of front belt fastening, the belt being partly removed.
The two sides of the corset are shown at 10 and 11, the same being provided with the usual busks and fasteners 12, 13, in front, and having the usual opposed steelstiffened edges 14, 15, at the rear.
In order to suit the form and personal comfort and preferences of the wearer, it is usual to provide a plurality of lacings at the back, for tightening respectively the upper or bust portion, the waist and the lumbar region. The bust lacing, shown at 16 has ' ends which are carried out through holes relatively near the edges 14, 15. The waist lacing 17 has its ends carried farther around toward the front by means of two supporting holes, 18, 19, or equivalent threading means on each side. This causes these ends to hang, as shown in different vertical lines on each side, thus making it easy for the wearer to pick out the desired lacings without seeing them, as is necessary where changes of tension are to be accomplished while the corset is on the body.
The lacings 16 and 17 are very generally adjusted once for all to suit the preference of the wearer, while the third or lumbar lacings are more often changed to accommodate them to changes in bodily condition.
Accordingly in my improved corset I have provided a belt made in two independent portions 20 and 21, and have fixed to each of the widened rear ends 22, 23, a group of out-spreading single independent laces 24, 25. Each of these lacings passes through its appropriate hole in one of the opposed edges 14, 15, and returns to the opposite edge 15, 14, to be there stitched or otherwise fixed as at 39.
It will be seen that this arrangement makes it possible to lace up the lower portion of the back by simply pulling upon the two front ends of the belt portions 20, 21, until the desired tension is created. At the same time, inasmuch as the lacings 24 are entirely independent of lacings 25, the belt as a whole cannot be drawn around farther on one side than the other.
If it is desired that the same tension should be applied at back and front, the two belt ends may be simply fixed to the front. lappet. 26, for instance, by the buckles 27. In order to make it possible to regulate or adjust the back and front tensions in as well as to confine the belt portions to the proper line over the hips, I provide fastening means near the vertical lines under the arm pits, and for this purpose I prefer the construction shown in Fig. 1, wherein steels 28 are fixed in the fabric in a well known manner, in the sides of the corset, said steels being provided with knobs or buttons 29, adapted to cooperate with suitably reinforced holes 30, provided, preferably in couples, along the length of the belt portions 20, '21. This construction is used as follows: The laces 24, 25 are drawn up until the required tension is produced, after which this tension can be preserved by securing the proper holes 30 over the buttons 29 on each side. The tension over the front can then be independently regulated by means of the buckles 27.
While my invention covers the construction shown, whatever means are employed for securing the front ends of the belt portions, I prefer to use a lappet 26, which may be made to serve as an abdominal support.. This may be stitched to the corset or may be made removable. One removable construction is shown in Fig. 3, where the lappet 26 is laced to the front busk at 31. This figure also shows buttons 32 and holes 33 for fastening the belt ends in the place of the buckles 27: I am not limited in this regard to any. particular fastening means. Fig. 3 also shows the spring support for the otherwise pendant belt ends, which may be used with or without the lappet, and whether or not the lappet used be removable. This spring fastening consists of a resilient hook, one shank of which, shown in dotted lines at 35, is secured within the fabric, while the front shank 36 presses down upon the outside of the fabric. When the belt portions have been properly secured in front, the pendant unfastened ends are neatly disposed by being drawn, one at a time and one over the other, under the shank 36, which keeps them. neatly in place by its own resilience.
As shown in Fig. 2, my. invention is not limited to the use of the independent belt lacings beneath the other two. These lacings 24, 20, may be placed between the lacings 16 and 17, as shown. This arrangement, however, is not preferred.
Various changes may be made in the structure and arrangement of my improved corset, without departing from my invention, and I do not limit myself to the details herein shown and described.
What I claim is--
1. In a corset, two independent belt portions, independent lacings connecting each belt portion separately with the opposed rear edges of the corset, means for securing the ends of said belt portions in front, attaching means at each side of the corset, and a row of cooperating attaching means between the ends of each belt portion, whereby the rear and front tensions on the belt may be independently adjusted, substantially as described.
2. In a corset, two independent belt portions, independent lacings connecting each belt portion separately with the opposed rear edges of the corset, means for securing the ends of said belt portions in front, stiffening means at the sides of the corset, buttons on each stiffening means, and rows of holes in each belt portion between its ends adapted to - fit over said .buttons, substantially as described.
3. In a corset, two independent belt portions, independent lacings connecting each belt portion separately with the opposed rear edges of the corset, means for securing the ends of said belt portions in front, stiffening means at the sides of the corset, buttons on each stiffening means, and two parallel rows of holes in each belt portion between its ends adapted to fit over said buttons, substantially as described.
4. In a corset, a belt, separate fastening means in front for each belt end, and a resilient retainer for the pendant belt ends fixed to. the corset between said fastening means, substantially as described.
In testimony whereof, I affix my signature, in presence of two witnesses.