abrupt tatt aan eine THOMAS JEFFERSON ELAGG, OE NEW YORK, N. Y., ASSIGrNOR -TO FISK,
CLARK 8; ELAGG,
OF SAME PLAGE.
Letters Patent No. 89,302, dated April 27, 1869.
IMPROVEMENT IN FE-LT SUSPE'NDER-END.
Previous to my invention suspender-ends, so far as Ifknowhave been made 0f oneof thc following materials, Viz:
Second, woven cloth.
Third, elastic web. v
Suspender-ends constructed of each of these materials .are defective:
The leather suspender-ciale, because they stain the clothing when they become wet with perspiration; because, also, they become discolcred by use, and also stiti.
The woven-cloth suspemler-ends, because they ravel out at the edges if cut out by dies, while if they are doubled, so that the edges are turned in and then sewed, a clumsy article is produced.
The elastic-web suspender-ends are defective because they' can be made only of a straight piece and require te be sewed at the ends; because, also, they wear badly at the button-hole, and because they continuc to stretch until the India rubber Ais destroyed; because, further, they have an offensive smell when wet by the perspiration of the wearer.
I have discovered that suspender-ends may be constructed of strong felt with great facility and ata low cost, and that such articles are free from the defects of those before mentioned, because the suspender-ends i may be cut outof the felt, by means of a die, into any desired form, and because the article, when nished, does not smell offensively nor stretch, as the Indiarubber-web ends do; does not stain the clothing, nor become discolred nor stiff as leather suspender-ends do; and does not ravel out at the edges, nor require toyhavc the edges turned in, as cloth does, when used for such purposes.
My invention, therefore, consists of a felt suspenderend, (suitable for either one of the front ends or one of the rear ends of a pair of suspenders,) such felt suspender-end being a new article of manufacture.
A set of such ends, for the front end of the shoulderstrap of a pair of Suspenders, is represented in the accompanying drawing v l Figure 1 representing a face view of them, and
Figure 2 representing an edgeview of one of the suspender-ends.
In manufacturing my new suspender-ends I employ sitrong hard felt, such as is used for the manufacture of woolenliats or bonnets, or such as` is u'sedl forfcov.- ering piano-forte hammers.
I cnt up the sheets of this material by means of dies of the desired form. I prefer to combine'two of the pieces so cut by sewing lines of stitches through them by means of a sewing-machine, such lilies of stitches being represented by the red lines in the drawing.
I cut out the button-hole a., at the end, by means of a die; and I connect the upper end of the article so produced to the shoulder-strap of the suspender.
If the felt suspender-end so produced be a front end, I prefer to connect it with the shoulder-strap by means of a buckle, the upper extremity of the suspender-end being doubled around theuloop b'of the buckle, and being secured by an eyelet, e.
If the felt suspender-end be a'rear. end, I may secure it to the shoulder-strap in the same manner as the front end, or by stitching or riveting it directly tothe end of the shoulder-strap.` Y
W'hat I claim as my invention, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-
'lhe felt suspender-end, hereinbefore described,l as a new article of manufacture.
In testimony whereof I have hereto'set my hand this 23d day ci' February, A. D. 1869.
THOMAS J. FLAGG.
Witnesses F. G. JONES, E. B. SMITH.