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.
JACOB C. SCHNOTER.
HENRY E. ROEDER,
J. B. NONES.