To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, ROBERT W. GRAY, of Boston, county of Suffolk and State of Massachusetts, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Corsets, of which the following description, in connection with the accompanying drawings, is a specification.
This invention in corsets relates to improvements in what are known as "shoulder-brace corsets," and has for its object such a construction thereof, as will be hereinafter described, whereby the corset is made more effective as a shoulder-brace, and whereby the breast portion or front of the corset is relieved from strain or pressure, tending to draw it in against the person or the natural breast. This result is obtained by, aud myinvention consists in, securing both ends of the shoulder-strap to the back section and uniting the back and front sections through the side section with a gap, slit, or space between the upper edges of the two, all as hereinafter specified a ml claimed.
Figure 1 represents in perspective one half of a corset containing my invention, and Fig. 2 is a diagram of the back and side section.
The back A is stitched to the side section, B, of the front of the corset by the line of stitching a, there being between the arm-size c of the part A and the upper portion of the side section, B, an open space, d, or gap extended downwardly below the arm-size corner m of the back section, A, which permits the breast portion of the corset composed of the upper parts of B C D to swell outward to conform to the shape of the natural breast.
The shoulder-brace E, of usual shape, is connected with the top of the back A by the, usual elastic webbing e, while the webbing e2, connected with the front end of the strap, is engaded with the buckle g, attached to the back of the corset below the arm-size and at the rear of the slit or space d between the back and the side section, B. Attaching the front end of the shoulder-strap in this way, only to the back of the corset, enables the strap to be tightened or drawn to hold the shoulders back, firmly, and that without producing any strain upon the front or breast covering portion of the corset, which would tend to pull it in unduly toward the person or to the discomfort of the wearer of the corset.
In some instances I may desire to prevent the top of the front of the corset, or breast portion thereof, dropping too much, as it might do owing to the slit or opening d, and to this end I may connect the eyeleted portion h of the shoulder-strap with the eyelet eyelet eyelet i of the part B by a loop or ribbon or string l.
The font and breast portions may be shaped or stiffened in any usual manner common to corset.
In a corset, the back section, A, and a shoulder-brace, E, having both its ends attached to the back section combined with the side section, B, having space d intervening between the back and side sections below the corner m of the said back section, as shown and described, and for the purpose set forth.
In testimony whereof I have. signed my name to this specification in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.
ROBERT W. GRAY.
GEO. W. GREGORY,