United States patent 780831

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No. 780,831. Patented January 24, 1905.



SPECIFICATION forming part

of Letters Patent No. 780,831, dated January 24, 1905:
Application filed April 12,1904. Renewed December 30,

1904. Serial No. 238,874,











To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, ANNIE STINTON, a sub­-
ject of the King of England, residing at North
Williamstown, Victoria, Australia, have in­-
vented a new and useful Improvement in
Shoulder-Braces and Supports, of which the
following is a specification.
My invention is an improvement in shoul-

­der-braces and supports, and has for an object
to provide a novel construction designed to
support the body and assist in the carriage
and supplement or replace corsets; and the
invention consists in certain novel construc-
­tions and combinations of parts, as will be
hereinafter described and claimed.
In the drawings, Figure 1 is a perspective
front view of the invention as in use. Fig. 2
is a similar rear perspective view of the de-

vice. Fig. 3 is a detail perspective view of
the improvement, and Fig. 4 is a detail view
showing the pad and a portion of the main
As shown, the device includes a main strap
A, a back-strap B and a belt-strap C, the straps
A and C being provided at their ends with the
ribbons or tapes A' and C', which can be con­-
veniently tied, and so form fastenings at the

ends of the main and belt straps.
The back-strap B is secured at its upper
end to the main strap A at the center of the
latter. A loop B' is provided at the lower
end of the strap B, being formed by buckling
up the end of the strap by the buckle b, which
may be adjusted along the body of the back-­
strap to vary the length of said strap to fit
waists of different lengths.
The belt-strap C passes through the loop

B' and is made of such length as to pass around
the waist and fasten at the front.
  The main strap is made of sufficient length
to pass forward over the shoulders, thence
back beneath the arms, thence -diagonally
down and across the back with the ends cross-
­ing each other, and thence around the body
and is fastened at the front above the belt-
­strap and immediately below the bust. The

fastening can be readily accomplished by
means of the end tapes, which also permit the
brace and support to be drawn to any desired
degree of tautness: It will also be noticed

the fastening is effected in front of the
wearer, who can thus fit and adjust the device

herself without any help.
The main strap A is slightly reduced in
width at a where it passes under the arms

and is provided at such points on its inner
sides with pads E to prevent the straps from
injuring the flesh.
In practice the straps may be of webbing,
leather, or other suitable material, and buckles
may in some 'instances be used in lieu of the
tapes as fastenings; but I prefer the tapes
or ribbons, as shown, because of the ease with
which the user can secure and adjust the de­-

vice upon the body.
Having thus described my invention, what
I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters
Patent, is­-
1. The shoulder-brace and support herein
described consisting of the back-strap pro-
vided at its lower end with the loop and the
buckle for adjusting the same, the belt-strap
passed through said loop and provided at its

ends with the tapes, the main strap secured
at its middle to the upper end of the back-
strap and made of a length to pass thencefor­
ward over the shoulders of a wearer and thence
back under the arms and across the back and
forward around the body to the front and
having at its ends the fastening-tapes, said
main strap being reduced in width at the
points where it is designed to pass beneath the

arms and being provided at such points with
pads all substantially as and for the purposes
set forth.
2. A. shoulder-brace and support compris-
­ing a back-strap, a belt held at its middle to
the lower end of the back-strap and provided
at its ends with fastening devices and the
main strap held at its middle to the upper
end of the back-strap and provided at its

ends with fastening devices, said main strap
being made of a length to pass forwardly
over the shoulders of a wearer thence back
beneath the arms, thence across the back and
around the body to the front substantially
as set forth.
                            ANNIE STINTON.