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Combined Corset and Shoulder Brace.


SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 226,885, dated April 27, 1880, Application filed October 30, 1879.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, JACOB C. SCHOTER, of New York, in the State of New York, have invented a new and Im proved Shoulder-Brace and Corset Combined, of which the following is a specification.

The nature of my invention consists in the combination of a shoulder-brace and corset, so XX to simplify the same, and prevent the combicatious of parts, as well as the appearance XX so-called "surgeons' bandages."

In the accompanying drawings, Figure I represents a rear view of the combined brace and corset embodying my invention. Fig. II is a front view of the same.

A A represents a corset made in the usual manner, with books a a in front and lacings b at ttre back.   In the back of this corset two brace-pieces, B B, are inserted, made to conform to the shape of the person's back, and made of whalebone or steel.

C C are elastic straps passing from the upper part of rear end of the corset just above the brace-pieces, and which extend over the shoulders around the arms, and are fastened to buckles n it in the rear of the corset, near the position of the shoulder-blade.   D D are elastic straps attached to the fore part of the straps C, and fastened to small buckles d d, at the front part of the corset, to hold the straps C in proper place.   E is an elastic adiustable strap arranged lougitudinally across the back, at or near the point where the ends of the straps C are attached to the corset, or near the position of the shoulder-blades.

When the corset is fitted comfortably to the body and the straps C C and D D fastened the longitudinal cross-strap E is tightened, forming thus a brace across the back at the shoulder-blades, and increases thereby considerably the efficiency of the shoulder-brace.

This shoulder-brace, combined with a corset, reduces the complications of parts and prevents the appearance of "surgeons' bandages," so called.   It effectnally supports the spine, protects the shoulder-blades, and expands the chest, and the application of the cross-strap E causes the brace to act powerfully but with-out severity, and the degree of pressure may be nicely regulated by means of this strap E.

The strap E extends across the opening in the back of the corset, and as it is connected to each side thereof by straps C C, it relieves the strain on the fastening behind.

I am aware that straps of adjustable length have been employed in combination with metallic bracing-frames, said frames consisting solely of strips of sheet metal, and said straps consisting of leather or other material which will not yield longitudinally tinder strain.

What I claim is—

In combination with a corset, A, having the usual rear opening crossed by lacings b, the elastic brace E, which extends across said opening, and is connected by straps C C to each shoulder of the corset.