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Publication numberUS1090438 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 17, 1914
Filing dateFeb 20, 1913
Priority dateFeb 20, 1913
Publication numberUS 1090438 A, US 1090438A, US-A-1090438, US1090438 A, US1090438A
InventorsCharles H Worth, Benjamin Leon
Original AssigneeCharles H Worth, Benjamin Leon
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Lacing-holder.
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

'0. H. WORTH & B. LEON.

LAGING HOLDER. APPLICATION FILED maze, 191s.

Patnted Mar. 17, 1914.

Charles wi tmcooeo cum/mum I'LANOGRAI'H c0 WASHINGTON. D. C.

CHARLES H. WORTH, OF BARRINGTON, AND BENJAMIN LEON, OF CAMDEN, NEW

' JERSEY.

LACING-HOLDER.

Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Mar. 17, 1914.

To all whom, it may concern:

Be it known that we, CHARLns H. WORTH and BENJAMIN LEON, citizens of the United States, residing, respectively, at Barrington, county of Camden, and State of New Jersey, and Camden, county of Camden, and State of New Jersey, have invented certain new.

and useful Improvements in Lacing-Holders, of which thefollowing is a specification.

Our invention relates to improvements in lacing holders, and more particularly to an improved attachment adapted to be secured to a shoe and secure one end of a shoe lacing, permitting the lacing to be loosened and tightened as desired.

A further object is to provide an attachment of this character whichmay be manufactured and sold at a reasonably low price, which may be attached to the shoe by any one of average intelligence, and which is designed to wind thereon one end of a shoe lacing, keeping the shoe lacing tight, yet permitting the same to be loosened whenever it is desired to remove the shoe.

With these and other objects in view, the

invention consists in certain novel features of construction and combinations and arrangements of parts as will be more fully hereinafter described and pointed out in the claims. i

In the accompanying. drawings :7 Figure 1 is a view illustrating in perspective in dotted lines a shoe having a lacing which is held at one end by our improved attachment. Fig. 2 is a view in side elevation of the attachment. Fig. 8 is a view in longitudinal section on an enlarged scale. Fig. 4 is an end view of the attachment with the outer button removed. Fig. 5 is an end view of the cylindrical casing.

Our improvedattachment comprises a cylindrical casing 1 having a central opening 2 in its end through which a threaded stud 3 projects. This stud 3 has an-integral head 4 which is adapted to be positioned against the inside of the shoe as indicated at 5, and project through the shoe and through the opening 2 in casing 1, and engage internal threads in a tubular screw 6. A drum 7 is.

through an opening 10 in casing l, and then 7, and knotted as indicated at 12 in Fig. 4. The drum 7 is provided centrally with a cylmdrical recess 13, and a coiled spring 14 is located within the recess 13, and bears at its inner end against a shoulder 15 at the inner end of the recess, and at its outer end against an enlarged head l6-on tubular screw 6. This coiled spring 1 1 therefore holds the drum 7 in its inward position, and said drum is provided with an annular milled flange 17 to facilitate the gripping of the drum to allow it tobe manually turned. This milled flange 17, at regular intervals, is provided with beveled teeth 18 which ride into beveled notches 19 in the wall of easing 1, and hold the drum against movement in one direction. It is to be understood that the lac ing 9 is wound on the drum when the latter is turned in a direction to compel its teeth 18 to ride into and out of the notches, and is held'by the straight walls of said notches against release. When it is desired to loosen the lacing, it is necessary to draw the drum outwardly against the action of spring 14, when a pull on the lacing will turn the drum to unwind the same. The drum 7 is pro .vided at its outer end with an annular groove 22 into which the edge of a metal disk button 30 is sprung.- This button 20 therefore hides the end of the drum 7, and the end of screw 5, and turnswith the drum, it being understood that the milled flange 17 projects outwardly beyond the button, so that it may be readily grasped.

The shoe lacing 9 is knotted at one end as indicated at 21, and then laced backwardly and forwardly through the shoe eyelets. The .free end of the lacing 9 is then projected through the opening '11 in drum 7, and knotted as shown at 12. When the shoe is in position on the foot, the lacing is drawn tight, and drum 7 is turned in a direction to wind the lacing thereon. Any retrograde movement of the drum is prevented by the ratchet teeth 18. When it is desired to remove the shoe, the operator grasps the milled flange 17 between his thumb and fingers, and draws the drum outwardly, when by exerting a pull on the lacing, he can turn the drum in a direction to unwind and allow as much slack in the lacing as desired.

It will thus be seen that with our improvements in position on a shoe, the annoyance through an opening 11 in one side of drum of untied shoe strings is entirely overcome, and furthermore the shoe remains tightly laced or laced to suit the user without any change after once adjusting.

Various slight changes might be made in the general form and arrangement of parts described without departing from our in- I vention, and hence we do not limit ourselves to the precise details set forth, but consider ourselves at liberty to make such changes and alterations as fairly fall within the spirit and scope of the appended claims.

Having thus described our invention, what we claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:

l. A device of the character described, comprising a cylindrical casing having notches in its wall, a drum having rotary mounting in the casing and adapted to be connected to one end of a lacing and wind the latter thereon, an annular flange 011 the drum of larger diameter than the casing, a ratchet tooth on the flange, and a spring pressing the drum inwardly in the casing tending to hold the ratchet tooth in one of the notches, substantially as described.

2. A device of the character described, comprising a cylindrical casing, a screw located centrally in the casing, a drum mounted to turn in the casing and around the screw, said drum having a central cylindrical recess with an annular shoulder at the inner end thereof, a coiled spring located between the enlarged outer end of the screw and said shoulder, pressing the drum within the casing, said casing having a circular series of notches in its outer edge, and said drum having a circular series of beveled teeth engaging in said notches, substantially as described.

3. A device of the character described, comp-rising a cylindrical casing, a screw located centrally in the casing, a drum mounted to turn in the casing and around the screw, said drum having a central cylindrical recess with an annular shoulder at the inner end thereof, a coiled spring located between the enlarged outer end of the screw and said shoulder, pressing the drum within the casing, said casing having a circular series of notches in its outer edge, said drum having a circular series of beveled teeth engaging in said notches, and an annular milled flange on said drum projecting beyond the wall of the casing, substantially as described.

4. A device of the character described, comprising a cylindrical casing, a screw located centrally in the casing, a drum mounted to turn in the casing and around the screw, said drum having a central cylindrical recess with an annular shoulder at the inner end thereof, a coiled spring 10- cated between the enlarged outer end of the screw and said shoulder, pressing the drum within the casing, said casing having a circular series of notches in its outer edge, said drum having a circular series of beveled teeth engaging in said notches, said drum having an annular groove adjacent its outer end, and a metal button having its edges sprung into said groove, substantially as described.

5. A device of the character described, comprising a cylindrical casing, a screw located centrally in the casing, a drum mounted to turn in the casing and around the screw, said drum having a central cylindrical recess with an annular shoulder at the inner end thereof, a coiled spring located between the enlarged outer end of the screw and said shoulder, pressing the drum within the casing, said casing having a circular series of notches in its outer edge, said drum having a circular series of beveled teeth engaging in said notches, an annular milled flange on said drum projecting beyond the wall of the casing, said drum having an annular groove adjacent its outer end, and a metal button having its edges sprung into said groove, substantially as described.

6. A device of the character described, comprising a cylindrical casing having beveled notches in its outer wall, a drum mounted to turn in the casing and having a central cylindrical recess, an internally screwthreaded tubular screw projecting through said cylinder and having an enlarged outer end, a screw-threaded stud adapted to be projected through an opening in a shoe and screwed into a tubular screw, an enlarged head on said stud adapted to be located inside the shoe, a coiled spring around the tubular screw between the annular shoulder of the drum and the enlarged end of the tubular screw, a circular series of ratchet teeth on said drum engaging in the notches in the casing, said casing having an opening therein, and a lacing projected through the opening in the casin and secured to the drum, substantially as d escribed.

7. A device of the character described, comprising a cylindrical casing having beveled notches in its outer wall, a drum mounted to turn in the casing and having a central cylindrical recess, an internally screwthreaded tubular screw projecting through said cylinder and having an enlarged outer end, a screw-threaded stud adapted to be projected through an opening in a shoe and screwed. into a tubular screw, an enlarged head on said stud adapted to be located inside the shoe, a coiled spring around the tubular screw between the annular shoulder of the drum and the enlarged end of the tubular screw, a circular series of ratchet its its

teeth on said drum engaging inthe notches in the casing, said casing havingan opening therein, a lacing projected through the opening in the casing and secured to the iso drum, and a button sprung over the outer that it may be turned in either direction, end of the drum, substantially as described. substantially as described.

8. A device of the character described, In testimony whereof we have signed our comprising a cylindrical casing, a drum names to this specification in the presence of 15 mounteg to turn iln the casinghand movable two subscribing witnesses. longitu inally re ative to t e casing a ratchet means between the drum and the casing, and a spring exerting inward pressure on the drum normally holding the ratchet Witnesses: means in operative engagement, yet permit- C. R. ZIEGLER, ting the drum to be moved longitudinally so R. H. KRUNKEL.

Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addreuingthe Commissioner of Patents. Washington, D. 0.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification242/382.6, 24/712.1, 242/384.7
Cooperative ClassificationB60R22/38