Cover for hand luggage
United States Patent 2487596

This invention is an improved hood or cover, and more particularly a hood or cover of suitable material for travellers' bags and similar pieces of luggage in which the owner packs clothing and other personal effects, commercial samples, and other articles. An important object of the invention...

Julie, Sackstein
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2432662Flexible article cover1947-12-16
2432365Waterproof detachable cover for hand carried cases1947-12-09
1560783Traveling-case cover1925-11-10
1526839Baggage cover1925-02-17
1522479Covering for containers1925-01-13

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This invention is an improved hood or cover, and more particularly a hood or cover of suitable material for travellers' bags and similar pieces of luggage in which the owner packs clothing and other personal effects, commercial samples, and other articles.

An important object of the invention is to provide a cover for a travelling bag or suitcase capable of being fitted into place quickly and leave the handle accessible, so that the bag can be carried about as easily as without the cover; and preferably made of flexible sheet material that permits a view of the luggage through it, so that the bag or the like remains visible and even presents a more attractive and dressy appearance, while being fully protected from wear in handling and the deleterious effects of the weather.

Another object is to provide a simple, easily produced and moderately priced cover or hood for luggage that is also efficient and durable, convenient to put on and easy to fold up and lay aside, but always ready for use when needed.

The nature of the invention is made clear in the following description and the novel features are defined in the appended claim. The disclosure however is explanatory only, and changes in detail may be made without deviation from the essential design wherein the invention resides.

On the drawingsFigure 1 is a perspective view of a cover according to this invention, for luggage intended to be carried by hand, the bag being visible inside.

Figure 2 is a fragmentary perspective view showing the bottom construction thereof; and Figure 3 is a horizontal cross section through the cover or hood, on line 3-3 of Figure 1.

The cover as shown comprises a large section I to overlie the top and sides of the bag or valise and to the edges of this piece at the opposite extremities are attached end pieces 2. These end pieces are stitched to the piece I along their upper and side edges, but not at the bottom; and the parts of the piece I forming the sides are indicated at 3. The seams joining these sections are indicated at 4 and are made by overlapping the edges so as to unite and reenforce the parts of the hood or cover. The pieces I and 2 are cut from sheets of plastic that are strong and flexible and allow the light to pass through to give a good view of both the outlines and color of the bag, which is indicated at 5, enveloped by them. If the bag is a highly finished and expensive article, the looks of it is even improved by the cover over it.

The top or central piece I has an elongated aperture 6 with a reenforced or hemmed rim 7.

This aperture permits the handle 8 of the bag or valise to project so that it can be grasped and the valise carried by the owner or porter.

The bottom of the cover consists of a pair of tough flaps or strips 9 sewed or otherwise attached to the lower edges of the side pieces 3.

These flaps bear fastening devices 10 and I , such as snap buttons and sockets, so that these flaps can be fastened together. To the lower edges of the end pieces 2 are stitched or otherwise affixed the terminal flaps 12 with hemmed outer edges 13 of the same plastic sheet material, which are to be turned in under the bottom of the bag 5 when the cover is used. The cover is slipped upon the bag at the top after the bag is closed and the handle 8 protrudes through the aperture 6. The flaps 12 are laid against the bottom at the ends, and the flaps 9, which are of leather or some other substance, are also folded both against the bottom, overlapping each other and the flaps 12, and joined tightly together by the fasteners 10 and 11. The cover is thus secured and the bag can be carried about as readily as before. To the flaps 9 metal studs 14 can be added to prevent them from being scratched or scuffed when the bag with the cover upon it is set down.

The seams 4 attaching the pieces I, 2, 3 and 12 can be of any suitable type, made for example by folding over the edge of one piece on itself and then doubling this edge over the edge of an adjacent piece, and sewing through the doubled folded edge and the edge in between; four layers in all. The bottom strips 9 are secured by folding over the lower edges of the side pieces 3, placing these folded edges 15 against the lower faces of the strips 9, and then sewing through the folded edges 15 to fasten them to the lower faces of the strips 9 and simultaneously stitching the adjacent lower parts of the sides to the opposite faces of the strips 9, as indicated at 16. This forms an outer bead along the lower edges of the sides 3, as shown at 17. The rim of the aperture 6 is hemmed with a reenforcing strip 18. The cover is thus fully adapted to serve its intended purpose and afford all the advantages incident to an accessory of this kind.

Having described my invention, what I believe to be new is: A cover for an article of hand luggage comprising a piece of thin flexible material bent along parallel lines adjacent the middle thereof to form top and side members, end pieces united to the edges at the ends of said top and side members, the top having an elongated reenforced aperture at the center thereof, foldable flaps of thin flexible material having reenforced edges attached to the lower edges of said end pieces, said flaps being foldable inwardly against the bottom of the luggage to thereby complete the closure thereof, and foldable flaps of relatively stiff material secured to the lower edges of the sides of the cover and adapted to overlie said end flaps, said foldable flaps having fastening devices to secure them together, and studs on their outer faces.


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