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US2525389A
US2525389A US129346A US12934649A US2525389A US 2525389 A US2525389 A US 2525389A US 129346 A US129346 A US 129346A US 12934649 A US12934649 A US 12934649A US 2525389 A US2525389 A US 2525389A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A42HEADWEAR
    • A42BHATS; HEAD COVERINGS
    • A42B3/00Helmets; Helmet covers ; Other protective head coverings
    • A42B3/04Parts, details or accessories of helmets
    • A42B3/18Face protection devices
    • A42B3/20Face guards, e.g. for ice hockey
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    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61FFILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, e.g. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS
    • A61F9/00Methods or devices for treatment of the eyes; Devices for putting-in contact lenses; Devices to correct squinting; Apparatus to guide the blind; Protective devices for the eyes, carried on the body or in the hand
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Oct. 10, 1950 H,. Z'ELLER 2,525,389
PROTECTIVE FACE GUARD Filed Nov. 25, 1949 INVENTOR. fiex/zzm 1?. 262/227 ATTORNEY.
Patented Oct. 10, 195
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,525,389 v I PROTECTIVE FACE GUARD Herman L. Zeller, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Application November 25, 1949, Serial No. 129,346
This invention relates to a protective face guard.
The invention is more particularly concerned with a face guard which is adapted for operative association with a head protecting helmet, fencing masks or baseball protective masks.
While the improved face guard is applicable for use with various forms of head protecting devices, it is especially adapted for operative association with a football helmet, and it is a primary object of the invention to provide a face guard adapted for ready removable connection with a football helmet or similar head protecting device.
A further and more specific object of the invention is to provide a face guard of arcuate plate form having a sight opening therein, and which is provided with means for cooperation with similar means on a helmet for receiving removable securing means for the guard.
A still further object of the invention is to provide a face guard of arcuate plate form constructed of plastic material, and which is provided with a generally rectangular sight opening and a plurality of breathing apertures below the sight opening.
A still further object of the invention is to provide a head and face protecting device com prising a helmet and a face guard of arcuate plate form removably connected to the helmet, the guard having a sight opening therein and otherwise providing for complete protection to the face of awearer.
Other objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent in the course of the following detailed description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, wherein:
Figure 1 is a side perspective view showing the improved face guard in operative association with a head protecting helmet.
Figure 2 is a front elevational view.
Figure 3 is a top plan view.
Referring now in detail to the drawing, H designates a helmet such as is used as a head protector by football players and which, per se, is not novel. The helmet H includes the usual earreceiving portions 6 and flexible flaps f, to which a chin strap is usually secured.
Helmets of the type herein disclosed have heretofore been used with face guards operatively associated therewith and, in some instances, the helmet has been provided with apertures for receiving cords which extend through apertures in the guard for removably securing same to the helmet.
The improved face guard herein disclosed is 2 Claims. (Cl. 29)
particularly adapted for use with the apertured helmet above referred to.
The face guard comprises an arcuate plate l0 which is of such dimensions as to completely cover the face which would otherwise be exposed at the front of the helmet, except for a sight opening I I, which is formed in the plate substantially centrally thereof. The sight opening II is preferably of rectangular form as shown, but other forms of opening or openings may be provided.
The plate is also preferably provided with a plurality of relatively small breathing apertures Ila disposed below the sight opening II.
The plate in may be formed of rubber or metal, but same is preferably formed from plastic, as indicated, Which is preferably transparent, whereby a wearer may have vision throughout the front opening in the helmet.
The plate 10 is provided with apertures l2 alined with similar apertures in the helmet H, and tying cords c are laced through the mating apertures for removably securing the guard to the helmet.
The face guard may readily be constructed by various operations, such as stamping, injection moulding, forming, or pressing.
While the improved face guard is preferably removably secured to the helmet by tying cords as disclosed, other means, such as snap fasteners or the like, may obviously be used.
From the foregoing disclosure, it should be apparent that the improved face guard is highly effective, particularly in operative association with a football helmet, since the plate Ill will offer complete face protection and the sight opening ll, while providing for ample vision, will not admit a football to such extent as to injure the face of a wearer.
While I have disclosed my invention in accordance with a single specific structural embodiment thereof, such is to be considered as illustrative only, and not restrictive, the scope of the invention being defined in the following claims.
What I claim and desire to secure by U. S. Letters Patent is: r
l. A face guard comprising a single pre-formed arcuate plate of uniform thickness throughout its extent, said plate having a single transversely elongated sight opening therein intermediate its top and bottom edges, a plurality of relatively small breathing apertures in the plate below said opening, and a plurality of tie cord traversing apertures in the plate above said opening.
2. A head and face protecting means comprising a helmet having a face exposing opening REFERENCES CiTEli bounded by a curved wall, a face guard comprising a single pre-formed arcuate plate of uniform The followlng references e of record in l thickness throughout its extent, aligned aperfile of this Patent! tures in the curved Wall of the helmet and the 5 upper portion of the guard, tie cords extending UNITED STATES PATENTS through said aligned apertures for removably Number Name Date securing the guard to the helmet, a transversely 1 488 812 Goodman Apr 1 1924 elongated sight opening in the plate below said 2125854 Standley f? 21938 tie ords, and a plurality of relatively small 10 2342982 Stem et 5 breathing apertures in the plate below the sight opening.
HERMAN L. ZELLER.
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Cited By (19)

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US2611897A (en) * 1950-10-17 1952-09-30 Joe R Adams Helmet with face guarding means
US2664567A (en) * 1950-12-29 1954-01-05 John W Nichols Pneumatic boxing helmet
US2758304A (en) * 1954-03-15 1956-08-14 Mcgowan Hugh Football helmet
US2790175A (en) * 1953-11-23 1957-04-30 Theo J Sowle Face guard
US2881442A (en) * 1954-08-23 1959-04-14 Theo J Sowle Combination face and head protector
US3751728A (en) * 1972-02-07 1973-08-14 Raymond Lee Organization Inc Football helmet
US3897597A (en) * 1972-05-31 1975-08-05 Dale R Kasper Face and head protector
US4233689A (en) * 1978-03-27 1980-11-18 Baron Stephen H Protective headgear
EP0033057A1 (en) * 1980-02-05 1981-08-05 Peter Hediger Face guard for sportsmen, especially for ice hockey players
US4736466A (en) * 1987-03-30 1988-04-12 Kallstrom Erik C Protective face guard
US4999856A (en) * 1990-03-14 1991-03-19 Duvall John F Facemask protection device
US20090031484A1 (en) * 2007-08-02 2009-02-05 Lester Broersma Protective face guard with transparent shield
US20140196199A1 (en) * 2013-01-14 2014-07-17 Pdt Tech, Llc Face armor
US10136692B2 (en) 2002-05-01 2018-11-27 Riddell, Inc. Sports helmet
USD838922S1 (en) 2011-05-02 2019-01-22 Riddell, Inc. Football helmet
USD844255S1 (en) 2014-02-12 2019-03-26 Riddell, Inc. Football helmet
US10271605B2 (en) 2007-04-16 2019-04-30 Riddell, Inc. Protective sports helmet
USD856601S1 (en) 2011-05-02 2019-08-13 Riddell, Inc. Football helmet
US10874162B2 (en) 2011-09-09 2020-12-29 Riddell, Inc. Protective sports helmet

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US1488812A (en) * 1922-03-06 1924-04-01 Goodman Thomas Baseball mask
US2125854A (en) * 1936-12-05 1938-08-02 Robert Malcom Helmet
US2342982A (en) * 1942-12-28 1944-02-29 Nathan R Stern Face and eye shield

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US1488812A (en) * 1922-03-06 1924-04-01 Goodman Thomas Baseball mask
US2125854A (en) * 1936-12-05 1938-08-02 Robert Malcom Helmet
US2342982A (en) * 1942-12-28 1944-02-29 Nathan R Stern Face and eye shield

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* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US2611897A (en) * 1950-10-17 1952-09-30 Joe R Adams Helmet with face guarding means
US2664567A (en) * 1950-12-29 1954-01-05 John W Nichols Pneumatic boxing helmet
US2790175A (en) * 1953-11-23 1957-04-30 Theo J Sowle Face guard
US2758304A (en) * 1954-03-15 1956-08-14 Mcgowan Hugh Football helmet
US2881442A (en) * 1954-08-23 1959-04-14 Theo J Sowle Combination face and head protector
US3751728A (en) * 1972-02-07 1973-08-14 Raymond Lee Organization Inc Football helmet
US3897597A (en) * 1972-05-31 1975-08-05 Dale R Kasper Face and head protector
US4233689A (en) * 1978-03-27 1980-11-18 Baron Stephen H Protective headgear
EP0033057A1 (en) * 1980-02-05 1981-08-05 Peter Hediger Face guard for sportsmen, especially for ice hockey players
US4736466A (en) * 1987-03-30 1988-04-12 Kallstrom Erik C Protective face guard
US4999856A (en) * 1990-03-14 1991-03-19 Duvall John F Facemask protection device
US10143257B2 (en) 2002-05-01 2018-12-04 Riddell, Inc. Protective sports helmet
US10932514B2 (en) 2002-05-01 2021-03-02 Riddell, Inc. Protective sports helmet
US10136692B2 (en) 2002-05-01 2018-11-27 Riddell, Inc. Sports helmet
US10271605B2 (en) 2007-04-16 2019-04-30 Riddell, Inc. Protective sports helmet
US10561193B2 (en) 2007-04-16 2020-02-18 Riddell, Inc. Protective sports helmet
US20090031484A1 (en) * 2007-08-02 2009-02-05 Lester Broersma Protective face guard with transparent shield
USD838922S1 (en) 2011-05-02 2019-01-22 Riddell, Inc. Football helmet
USD856600S1 (en) 2011-05-02 2019-08-13 Riddell, Inc. Football helmet
USD856601S1 (en) 2011-05-02 2019-08-13 Riddell, Inc. Football helmet
US10874162B2 (en) 2011-09-09 2020-12-29 Riddell, Inc. Protective sports helmet
US20140196199A1 (en) * 2013-01-14 2014-07-17 Pdt Tech, Llc Face armor
US9693596B2 (en) * 2013-01-14 2017-07-04 Pdt Tech, Llc Face armor
USD844255S1 (en) 2014-02-12 2019-03-26 Riddell, Inc. Football helmet
USD927078S1 (en) 2014-02-12 2021-08-03 Riddell, Inc. Football helmet

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