FiledTuesday, 21st September 1897
PublishedTuesday, 29th November 1898
InventorConrad H. Venter
Razors of the open or knife type; Safety razors or other shaving implements of the planing type; Hair-trimming devices involving a razor-blade; Equipment therefor
Performing Operations; Transporting
Hand Cutting Tools; Cutting; Severing
Hand-Held Cutting Tools Not Otherwise Provided For
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To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, Conrad H. Venter, residing at Cobb, in the county of St. Clair and State of Missouri, have invented a new and useful Mustache-Protector, of which the following is a specification.
My invention is in the nature of a device to be applied to the mustache to cover and protect the same during eating, chewing tobacco, or smoking, and for the purpose of wearing it to train it to grow toward the sides, thus dispensing with the use of wax.
With this object in view my invention consists in the improved construction, arrangement, and combination of parts hereinafter fully described, and afterward specifically pointed out in the claim.
In order to enable others skilled in the art to which my invention most nearly appertains to make and use the same, I will now proceed to describe its construction and operation, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming part of this specification, in which—
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Referring to the drawings by letters,
The comb and hood or protector will preferably be made of one piece of celluloid or other suitable material and of flesh color, so as to be as little noticeable as possible and is intended to be worn while eating for the purpose of protecting the mustache and preventing the engagement thereon of particles of food, especially when eating soups and other liquid foods having solids therein. It is also intended to be worn either day or night for the purpose of training the mustache to the shape of the interior of the protector or for protecting the mustache while smoking or chewing tobacco.
With heavy closely-grown mustaches the device as herein described will be held in position without other means of attachment; but as an additional security against loss or breakage by dropping off I provide temples or bows
While I have illustrated what I now consider the best means for carrying out my invention, I wish it to be understood that I do not restrict myself to the exact details of construction shown and described, but hold that any slight changes or variations such as might suggest themselves to the ordinary mechanic will clearly fall within the limit and scope of my invention.
Having thus fully described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States, is—
A mustache-protector made of a single piece of celluloid or like material, comprising a comb with upwardly-extending teeth adapted to be passed through the hairs of the mustache in contact with the lip, and a guard or hood secured to the lower edge of the comb adapted to encompass the mustache, the central upper portion of said guard or hood being cut away on a curved line below the nose, and the outer ends of said guard or hood being bent inward and downward and having their extremities curled over to form rests and protection for the outer ends of the mustache, substantially as described.
Conrad H. Venter.
Robert H. Sheeks,