Filed Friday, 29th December 1882
Published Tuesday, 24th April 1883
Inventor J. Hecker Betts
Owners J. Hecker Betts, Robert W. Lindsly
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To all whom it may concern :
Be it known that I, J. Hecker Betts, a citizen of the United States, residing in the city of New York, in the State of New York, have invented an Improved Mustache-Protector; and I hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description thereof, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, which form a part of this specification.
The object of this invention is to provide a convenient device for protecting and holding the mustache while eating or drinking, so that the same shall be held away from the lips and shall not be smeared with the food that is being eaten, and to construct the said device in such a manner that while it will effectually answer this purpose it will not cause inconvenience to the wearer, and will scarcely be visible at a short distance.
To this end the invention consists in a mustache-protector in the form of a tube, open at one side and provided with teeth or prongs on that side thereof which is next to the face, for the purpose of gathering together the hairs of the mustache and guiding them into the interior of the tube and away from the lips, and constructed so that when applied it will grasp the mustache and remain suspended in position without any other fastening, all of which is hereinafter particularly described.
In the accompanying drawings,
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I am aware that a tubular mustache-guard has heretofore been used, as shown by Patent No. 220,538, dated October 14, 1879; but in that the edges of the two hinged shells are uniform and unbroken, and grasp the hairs as between a pair of pinchers. Such construction I do not claim, but hereby expressly disclaim. In my protector the teeth
What I claim as my invention is—
The mustache-protector herein described, the same being made in the form of a tube slit along one side thereof, the front edge,
J. Hecker Betts.
John S. Thornton,
A. B. Lindsly.