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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
JACOB EVERETTE DODD, OF YOAKUM, TEXAS.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Sept. 16,1913.
Application fIled September 13, 1912. Serial No. 720,224.
To all whomit may concern:
Be it'known that I, JACOB E. Donn, a
citizen of the United States, residing at
Yoakum, in the county of Dewitt and State
5 of Texas, have invented new and useful Im-
provements in Baby-Protectors, of which
the following is a specification.
This invention relates to baby protectors,
the object in view being to provide a simple
10 device adapted to be easily applied to an
infant, and which when properly applied
will prevent the child from bending his
elbow sufficiently to enable the hands to
reach the mouth.
15 By means of the device hereinafter de-
scribed, the child is at liberty to play and
move about or crawl from place to place,
while at the same time the child is prevented
from placing articles, too numerous to men-
20 tion, in the mouth. This affords great re-
lief to the. mother or person caring for the
With the above and other objects in view,
the invention consists in the construction,
25 combination and arrangement of parts, as
will be hereinafter more fully described,
illustrated in the accompanying drawings,
and pointed out in the claim hereunto ap-
30 In the drawings: Figure 1 is a perspec-
tive view of the complete device. Fig. 2 is
a view illustrating the device applied to an
The device comprises essentially a pair of
35 sleeves 1, comparatively inflexible and com-
posed of some such material as card-board
for example. Each sleeve is of a suitable
'diameter and length to receive one of the
arms of the infant and cover the elbow, the
40 length of the sleeve preventing excessive
bending of the elbow, such as would be nec-
essary to enable the hands to reach the
mouth. At its outer end, each sleeve is
preferably .rolled, as shown at 2, to avoid
45 injury to the arms of the infant, while at
its opposite or upper end, each sleeve is pro-
vided with an eye 3, in which is received a
link 4. The link 4 is substantially rectangu-
lar with an open center, and the eye 3 is an
50 integral part of the sleeve, being formed by
providing said sleeve with a longitudinally
projecting tab which is rolled over one of
the side bars of the link and terminally fas-
tened, as by glue, to the body of the sleeve,
as indicated in Fig. 1. The two sleeves are 55
connected together by means of a back strap
06 which is adjustable in length by means of
a suitable buckle 7 of ordinary construc-
tion, the extremities of the strap being
looped around the outer bars of the links 60
and sewed or otherwise secured to the body
of the strap, as shown at the right of
Secured about centrally to the back strap
6 is a ring 8, to which a safety pin 9 may 65
be connected for fastening the back strap
to the clothing of the infant. Said ring is
also adapted to receive a ribbon or tape,
forming the neck band 10 which may be
passed around the neck of the infant and 70
tied in a bow or knot, or fastened in any
convenient manner, the said neck band also
serving r as a support to prevent the back
strap from falling down the back of the in-
fant. Either or both of said deVices may 75
he used for holding the back strap in posi-
tion, and this insures the retention of the
elbow covering sleeves in proper position.
From the foregoing description, taken in
connection with the accompanying drawings, so
it will be seen that, the inflexible sleeves 1
prevent the infant from bending his elbows,
so as to place articles of various kinds in
the mouth. At the same time, in crawl-
ing these inflexible sleeves assist the infant 85
by bracing the arms. The device as a whole
does not interfere in any way with the nor-
mal and proper movements of the infant,
but only comes into play when the infant
attempts to put an article of any kind into 90
What is claimed is:
A baby protector, comprising a pair of
inflexible sleeves adapted to cover the el-
bows and prevent excessive bending of the 95
same, eyes at the upper extremities of said
sleeves formed by rolling over portions of
the top edges of the sleeves, open center
links, one bar of each of which is journaled
to turn in one of said sleeves, an adjustable 100
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Dodd, Jacob Everette. Baby-Protector., patent, September 16, 1913; [Washington D.C.]. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth853841/m1/2/: accessed April 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.