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Charles Horatio Noyes
  • Born: 4 Jan 1833, West Newbury MA
  • Died: 1881, Montclair NJ

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  • He was issued patent number 106,861 on 30 Aug 1870



    Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 106,861, dated August 30, 1870.
    To all whom it may concern:

    Be it known that I, Charles Horace Noyes, of the city of Brooklyn, in the State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Combination Side-Combs; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description and specification of the same.
    The object of my invention is to enable the head-band, which connects the two side-combs, to be employed also as a holder for ribbon or other ornamental material which is used to adorn the head.
    One mode in which my invention may be embodied is represented in the accompanying drawings, in which—
    Figure 1 represents a side-comb constructed with my improvements and applied to the head, and Fig. 2 represents a perspective view of the comb.
    In this example the two side-combs B B are combined by the opened head-band A, which is connected with each side-comb by means of the fastenings e e. The form of the headband is, in this example, serpentine, so that the openings c c c c are formed alternately at the opposite edges of the band. This opened construction of the band A permits the orna-menting-ribbon C to be interwoven through the openings, so that it presents a highly ornamental appearance, and is at the same time held securely in its place.
    Instead of producing the openings in the head-band by giving it a serpentine form, it may be produced by perforating it, or by con-
    structing it in the form of an open plait. The mode in which the opened head-band is connected with the side-combs also may be varied, as any of the usual modes in which the head-bands of side-combs are combined with the combs will answer the purpose.
    I am aware that the tops of back-combs have been ornamented by being opened in various ways, and also that said combs have been combined by means of a head-band without teeth, and that such bands have been connected both rigidly with the combs and in such manner that the combs and band may be separated. I do not therefore claim, broadly, an opened or perforated comb, nor the combination of a solid head-band with side-combs; but
    What I claim as my invention, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is—
    1. The opened head-band constructed as described, the said article being distinguished by the two following characteristics, viz., first, it is constructed with openings to hold an ornamental material, and, second, it is constructed in such manner as to fit it for connecting two side-combs.
    2. The combination of two side-combs with a head-band, constructed with openings adapted to hold an ornamental material, as described.
    In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand.

    Charles Horace Noyes

    Howard M. Giles
    John Rathbone, Jr.
  • He appeared on the 1870 census taken at Brooklyn NY, listed as an importer of fancy goods.

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