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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 271,377, dated January 30, 1883. Application filed November 9, 1882. (NO model.)

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, HENRY S. STRAUSS, of the city, county, and State of New York, have invented new and useful Improvements in Corsets, of which the following is a specification.

The object of my invention is to give the corset an easy, graceful, and unconstrained adaptation to the waist of the wearer, and to avoid the necessity of constraining by lacing the stays or springs of the corset (which are usually placed in the corset in a vertical position) to fit the waist, which causes undue pressure upon the body, and renders the stays iiable to fracture from being bent into curves, and strained to adapt them to the shape and movements of the body; and my invention relates, first, to the patterns or shapes of the parts of the fabric which constitutes the body of the corset, and, secondly, to the manner of arranbing tile stays or springs therein.

The nature of my invention and what it consists in will be fully shown and illustrated in the following description of the parts, and of the manner of arranging the same, taken in connection with the drawings accompanying and forming part of this specification.

Figure 1 of the drawings, parts 1 to 13, represents the forms and patterns of the fabric con-stituting each half of the corset, the two halves corresponding exactly to each other. Fig. 2 represents one-half of the corset partly in side elevation and partly in perspective, the separate patterns shown in Fig, l being sewed and stitched together in the positions shown in Fig. 2, the parts being drawn and stitched together closely in order to produce the desired shape of the corset.

It will be seen from the drawings, Fig. 2, that the parts 5 6 7 are sewed diagonally and in a curved form into their positions together, and that their upper ends do not form part of the top of the corset, but are sewed to the vertical piece 13. They extend by an easy curve diagonally in the direction of the front of the corset, and have their lower ends sewed to the part 4. Parts 8 and 9 are placed in the form of a diagonal curve, extending from part 12 forward and downward and reaching to the bottom of the corset. Their upper ends are sewed to part 12, the lower ends of 8 and 9 forming part of the bottom of the corset. Part 1 forms the front edge of the corset-opening, and in which are inserted the clasps for closing and opening the corset in front. Part 13 forms the edge of the back-opening of the corset, in which are the eyelets for the lacings of the corset. Parts 1 and 13 extend from the top to the bottom of the corset, and are provided with stays or springs somewhat stiffer than those used in the body of the corset. Part 10 is a triangular piece or gore inserted so as to fold upon itself somewhat, and below it is part 11, which is made of india-rubber cloth, so as to be elastic and fit over the hips. Part 12 is placed in a vertical position, and on the side is sewed to part 13, and on its opposite side is sewed to parts 8, 9, 10, and 11. Part 1 is a vertical triangular piece extending from top to bottom of the corset, and at its upper portion is sewed to the gore-piece 2. The gorepiece 3 is placed between pacts 2 and 4, and the parts 2 and 3 form the swell for the bosom.

The corset is composed of a double thickness, and the parts of the inside and outside are cut in hairs, so as to correspond when sewed together. The varions pieces and parts of the corset are stitched together doubly, so that suitable pockets or sheaths for the reception of the bones or stays are formed, and these stays or bones necessarily follow the curves and diagonals above described or the straight parts, and each separate part has its own particular stays, and the stays in any one part or piece do not extend into any other part or piece.

It will be readlily seen from the foregoing description that the sides of the corset will readily and with very easy curves be adjusted to the waist of the wearer, the diagonal parts being so arranged as to ofter very slight resistance to the corset, shaping itself by means of the lacings to the figure of the waist and the adjacent portions of the person. Upon the inside of the corset is sewed a sheath of cloth extending from top to bottom, in which is inserted a stay to prevent any sagging at thesides. It is shown in dotted lines a b, Fig. 2.

Although the separate parts, 5 6 7, are cut and shaped in patterns best adapted to giving the desired shape to the corset, yet they may be united so as to admit of the diagonal stays with the curves, so as to accomplish the object in view, but not in so complete a manner, nor with the same degree of improved fit and comfort of the corset. The same may be aid as to harts 8 9. Any such variations I claim to be within the substance of my invention.

Having thus described my improvements in corsets, and the manner of constructing the same, what I claim as my invention, and desire to secure by Letters patent, is--

1. In a corset, the parts numbered from 1 to 13, of the shape shown, combined and arranged, as set forth, with the parts 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, extending diagonally downward and forward from the back substantially in the manner and for the purpose described.

2. In a corset, the parts 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, of the shape shown, combined and extending diagonally downward and forward from the back pieces 12 and 13, and having bones or springs placed therein, substantially as set forth, and for the purpose specified


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