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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 425,520, dated April 15, 1890.
Application filed June 6, 1889. Serial No: 313,534. (No model.)

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, REDDIN W. PARRAMORE, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Monmouth county, New Jersey, have invented a certain new and useful Improvement in Corset Attachments, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to a device to be applied and used in combination with corsets as worn by ladies; and the object of the improvement is to provide a shield to hold the under-garments of the wearer in an undisturbed position while the corset is being drawn together and clasped, and will act also as a protection to the body in case the corsetsteels should break at the point of bending, at the same time to diminish the liability to break.

The device is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which similar letters refer to similar parts.

Figure 1 represents the corset A partly open with the shield shown as secured to the inside of one of the flanges of the corset and in the act of being closed or folded over.   Fig. 2 represents the corset A in position to be drawn together with the shield in place resting against the body, confining the under-garments in an undisturbed position and projecting beyond the edge of the flange of the corset.   When the flange and shield are closed to the body and the flanges are drawn together, the shield engages the inner side of the opposite flange.   Fig. 3 represents the corset drawn together and clasped, the shield shown underneath by dotted lines.   Fig. 4 represents the improvement provided with a band d for the purpose of attachment to the corset.   The braces or supports are indicated by the numerals from 1 to 10.   Fig. 5 is an edge view of the shield.

A is a corset, and may be of any of the usual forms, laced or clasped in the back or front thereof, thereof, or both, and made in the usual way, braced with steel or whalebone or other supports.

b is a shield, as shown in the drawings, made of cloth ar an, suitable material and braced with steel, whalebone, or other supports, which are sewed into the shield and stitched along the lines oft the braces.

d d is a band sewed tot he inside of the shield, and may be sewed or otherwise secured to the corset, as shown.

Although the shield b is shown as fastened to the corset, it may be used without such an attachment--that is to say, ay be laid upon the body and the flanges drawn together over it; but I prefer to attach it by the band d d.

c and e are flanges to be grasped by the wearern drawing the corset together with s, as shown.   The flange c is pressed to the body, thereby closing the shield.   The flange e is then drawn over the shield and clashed with the flange c, and the corsets are locked or secured.   The stays of the shield are made curved to conform to the body of the wearer, as shown in Fig. 5, and the shield is attched to the interior of the corset, so that its stays will beat about right angles to the corsetsteels.   When the corset is closed about the body, the shield conforms to the body and acts as a support and protection.

What I claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is as follows:

A shield for corsets, consisting of a series of stays secured in webbing, said stays being curved in the direction of their length and the shield being secured to the interior of the th the stays at about right angles to the vertical steels thereof and overlapping the space between the vertical steels, substantially as described.