Title:
Removable shoulder rest for violins
United States Patent 2064925


Abstract:
This invention relates to shoulder rests for violins and particularly has it relation to a shoulder rest shown and described in the patent to Mirko Medakovic, issued September 27th, 1932, No. 1,879,386, and has for its objects several improvements over the device of said patent and over many...



Inventors:
Vlado, Kolitsch
Application Number:
US1619935A
Publication Date:
12/22/1936
Filing Date:
04/13/1935
Assignee:
Vlado, Kolitsch
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
984/124
International Classes:
G10D3/18
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Description:

This invention relates to shoulder rests for violins and particularly has it relation to a shoulder rest shown and described in the patent to Mirko Medakovic, issued September 27th, 1932, No. 1,879,386, and has for its objects several improvements over the device of said patent and over many earlier other shoulder rests used with violins.

Such objects, among others, are: To provide a device of the character mentioned which will aid the tone of the violin in a greater degree than any of these devices, which will be easily applied to the violin and removed therefrom, which will be less conspicuous on the violin, less bulky and lighter in weight than the devices at present known or used for such purpose, and which, on account of its small size, lack of protruding parts and close adherence, may remain on the violin while the same is placed in its usual casing, so that a frequent application and removal of the device will not be necessary, and even if in some cases a removal of the shoulder rest will be necessitated by the close adherence of the casing to the violin, the rest may' be easily removed and again applied, and when removed may be placed in the casing alongside of the violin and carried therewith, on account of its small dimensions.

The preferred embodiment of my invention is illustrated in the drawing accompanying this specification and being a part thereof, and in which: Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the rear portion' of a violin, bottom side up, to which my device has been applied, the front part of the violin being shown as broken away; Fig. 2 is a perspective view of my device on an enlarged scale.

Referring now the drawing more closely by characters of reference, the numeral 10 indicates the violin in general, having the bottom plate I, side walls 12, top plate 13, the usual reinforced projecting connection or meeting edge 14 between the bottom plate II and the side walls 12, and the similar joining 15 between the top plate 13 and the side wall 12. My shoulder rest, indicated in general by the numeral 16, consists in a strip 17 of any appropriate material, like aluminum, wood, other metals or compositions of material, the same also preferably being covered by a smooth, attractive layer, like felt, and having the two peculiarly curved longitudinal edges 18 and 19.

A rest wall or lug 20 projects from the narrower end 21 of the strip of material 17, while a somewhat similar rest wall or lug 22 projects in the same direction from the opposite wider end 23 of the shoulder rest, and said two walls are formed in such a manner that they will follow the curvature of the upper meeting corner 14 of the violin at the rear end corner of the bottom plate 11 where the shoulder rest is placed against the same, as illustrated in Fig. 1, so that the shoulder rest, when it is placed in the position there indicated, will bridge said portion of the bottom plate of the violin, being spaced therefrom and resting at its ends on said lugs or rest walls 20 and 22.

A hook projection, or finger 24 is provided at one end of the lug 20 and a somewhat similar hook projection or finger 25 is provided at the corresponding end of the lug 22, said hooks being adapted to engage the projecting corner or edge 14 of the violin, as will be obvious by inspecting the drawing, and the lug 20 at the smaller end of the shoulder rest may have an extension 26 whereby my device will have a longer surface to rest on and a more secure support at this end, where in the older forms such a support was not sufficient and secure enough.

The hook projections or fingers 24 and 25 may also be covered by an outer layer 27 of a material of high frictional resistance, like rubber, to increase the grip of my device on the edge of the violin.

My device, finally, may have an ear 28 secured thereon, to which a loop 29 of elastic material, like rubber, may be tied, and when my device is applied on the violin, as shown in Fig. 1, said elastic loop 29 may be stretched over an appropriate corner 30 of the violin so that the shoulder rest may be fixed on and secured to the violin in a quick and easy manner and still be adapted to an almost instant removal.

It will be understood that changes and variations may be made in the parts and combinations of my device and I hereby reserve all my rights to any and all such changes as are within the spirit of the invention and the scope of the appended claims. What I claim as new, is: 1. In a shoulder rest for violins, having a strip of material to be placed across the rear portion of the bottom of the violin with projecting lugs at its ends for resting on opposite edges of the violin, its body being spaced apart from said bottom plate, lateral extensions of said lugs to provide a longer resting surface for the device, and a curved projection at the rearward end of each lug adapted to engage the respective edge of the violin to prevent a displacement of said strip of material in relation to said bottom plate.

2. In a shoulder rest for violins, having a strip of material to be placed across the rear portion of the bottom of the violin with projecting lugs at its ends for resting on opposite edges of the violin, its body being spaced apart from said bottom plate, lateral extensions of said lugs to provide a longer resting surface for the device, a curved projection at the rearward end of each lug adapted to engage the respective edge of the violin to prevent a displacement of said strip of material in relation to said bottom plate, and an elastic loop secured to the forward edge of 6 said strip of material intermediate of said lugs and adapted to be stretched and hooked over the adjacent forward corner of the violin.

VLADO KOLITSCH.