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They Invented What? (No. 226)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on April 12, 2013

U.S. Patent No. 6,167,572: Reinforced garment with looped grasping handles.

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What is claimed to be new and desired to be protected by Letters Patent is set forth in the appended claims:

1. An apparatus for providing a pair of handles for use on the exterior of conventional trouser-like garments, comprising:
a) a pair of elongated handle members each having a first end and a second end sized for use on human trousers;
b) reinforcement means disposed in the interior of the trousers;
c) means for attaching said elongated members to said reinforcement means of the trousers, said first and second ends of said elongated handle members being flattened near the ends of said elongated members whereby said ends can be fastened to the trousers;
d) one of said pair of elongated handle members being disposed on a first side of said trousers and a second side of said trousers, in the area of the hips of the human; and
e) said flattened ends of said elongated handle members having a plurality of apertures therein for receiving fasteners for fastening said elongated handle members to said trousers.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein said elongated handle members are made of rope.

3. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein said elongated handle members are made of leather.

4. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein said elongated handle members are made of metal.

5. An apparatus for providing a pair of handles for use on the exterior of conventional trouser-like garments, comprising:
a) a pair of elongated handle members sized for use on human trousers;
b) reinforcement means disposed in the interior of the trousers;
c) means for attaching said elongated members to said reinforcement means of the trousers;
d) said reinforcement means further comprising a metal support frame disposed on the inside of the waistband of the trousers, said support frame encircling the user; and
e) said support frame further comprising a pair of downwardly extending elongated appendages, said support frame and said elongated appendages providing means for securement of said elongated handle members to the interior of the trousers disposed on the outside of the legs of the trousers near the hips of the user.

6. The apparatus of claim 5, said means for securement further comprise a backing cloth member for being sewn onto the interior of the trouser legs, said backing cloth member forming a pocket about said support frame whereby said support frame is fixedly attached to the inside of the trousers.

7. The apparatus of claim 5, wherein said support frame is made of fiberglass.

8. The apparatus of claim 5, said support frame further comprising exposed ends, said exposed ends having mating snap means thereon whereby said support means is fastened about the waist of the user.

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