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No. 866,869:   Specification of Letters Patent.   Patented Sept. 24, 1907,

Application filed May 17, 1907.   Serial No. 374,316,


To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, JULES LINDAUER, a Citizen of France, residing at 42 Rue du Faubourg du Temple; Paris, France, have invented new and useful Improvements in Corsets, of which the following is a specification.

Up to now, when it was desired, in order to diminish the volume of the abdomen, hips or breeches, to insure a more efficient squeezing than the one which may be provided by the simple lacing of the ordinary corsets, hip or abdominal girdles independent of the corset were used or combined therewith or other forms of special fastenings were used which by means of buckles, thongs, lugs or lacings, insured an additional compression or support. These different articles presented generally a more or less objectionable appearance, and it was only by compulsion that the women would employ such a complicated object, often ungraceful, bulky, heavy and difficult to place. Many women however need around the hips a more powerful support than the one provided by a corset with ordinary lacing. It is to fulfil this purpose that the special lacing forming the object of this invention has been provided for.   This very simple lacing does not change at all the outward appearance of the corset and allows of squeezing and reducing as much as may be desired, the hips, the abdomen and the breeches, though it enables to tighten at will slightly or strongly the waist and the breast.   These results are obtained by securing in the inside of the back of the corset two additional strips or bands provided with eyelets, extending from the lower edge of the corset up to about the waist on a length corresponding to the part that is to be tightened. These additional bands are connected to the ordinary eyelet bands by means of the same lace which serves to tighten said ordinary eyelet bands, in such a manner that one obtains for the lower part with the same lace, the combined double lacing of the exterior and interior eyelet bands.   The lace which serves for the double lacing may be the same as the one serving as the ordinary lacing of the upper part of the corset.

The annexed drawings illustrate a corset incorporating the present invention.

Figure 1 shows the back of the corset without laces and seen from the exterior.   Fig. 2 shows the back of the corset without laces seen from the interior.   Fig. 3 shows the back of the corset laced and placed on a form.   Fig. 4 shows in detail the way of lacing according to the invention seen from inside.   Fig. 5 is a section taken through line A A of Fig. 4 and shown on an enlarged scale.

In the inside of the back of the corset and on each half is provided an additional eyelet band a, which in the model illustrated extends from the lower edge b up to about the waist, but which may extend up to any height judged convenient.   This additional band is strengthened by suitable linings to prevent the tearing away of the eyelets e and is fastened by means of the seam f behind the strip or band carrying the usual lacing eyelets j which are preferably placed on the edge of the corset, that is to say beyond the back whalebones h.   The eyelets e of the additional band a, which forms a movable flap, are arranged in an alternate manner with relation to the ordinary lacing eyelets j, which enables me to secure the lacing in the way shown in Fig. 4, viz.: With the extreme end of one of the sections i of the lace used, a section lacing is made between the lower part of the ordinary band gof one side and the additional band a of the other side, leaving at about the middle portion a lace loop which allows the lacing to be fastened; this operation is repeated with the extreme end of the other section k of the lace and with the symmetrical eyelet bands; an ordinary simple lacing is then made above the level of the additional bands a either by continuing to employ the lower face or with a separate lace.   The ordinary lacing is thus insured for the upper part of the corset and a double combined lacing for the lower part.   It will be seen in Fig. 4 that by employing this method of lacing with the number of eyelets shown, an eyelet p of no use is left on each additional band. These eyelets could be omitted, but it is preferable to let it remain because it allows the fastening point to be raised or lowered according to the part of the body that it is desired to compress to the largest extent.

It will be understood that by tightening the double combined lacing, the same compression and support may be given to the breeches, hips or abdomen as with a special girdle though the upper part may be tightened to the extent desired; and. this is insured without seriously complicating the corset arid by maintaining outwardly its usual feat-Lire.

Having now described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:

In a corset, the combination of an additional strip or band cc attached by a seam f to the back of each half of the corset just nest to the ordinary eyelet band p and extendin, from the lower end of the corset up to about the waist line, eyelets c provided on each of said strips or bands and arranged in an alternate manner with relation to the ordinary lacing eyelets j, and a lace connecting the additional strips a of one half of the corset to the ordinary strip g of the other half and passing alternately from an eyelet of the additional strip to an eyelet of the ordinary strip, the lacing being continued in the upper part of the corset in the ordinary manner, substantially as 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. JULES LINDAUER.