US 1101631 A
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G. L. JACQUES.
v SKEE SKATE.
APPLICATION FILED OCT. 21, 1912.
1,1013% I I Patented; June 30,1914.
GEORGE LANDEB JACQUES, OF NEILLSVILLE, WISCONSIN.
Specification of Letters Patent. Patented June 30, 1914.
Application filed October 21, 1912. Serial-No. 727,070.
- .To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, GEORGE LANDER JACQUES, a citizen of the United States, residing at Neillsville, in the county of Clark and State of Wisconsin, have invented a new and useful Skee Skate, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to improvements in skees or skates in which the foot of the operator rests upon a tiltingfoot platform slightly elevated above the sliding surface of the skee or skate, and pivoted upon a fulcrum near the center of the operators foot with straps or sheath attached to said tilting foot platform to hold the operators foot in place; said tilting foot platform having attached to the forward end a tilting dog held in an upright position by a coiled spring and being opposite and passing through an opening in the skee or skate'so as to enter and embed itself in the snow or ice over which the skee or skate is moving by the operator throwing his weight upon his toes, causing the forward end of said tilting foot platform to tilt downward carrying said dog through said opening in the skee or skate into the snow orice underneath the skee or skate; said dog tilting upon a fulcrum at the lower front edge of said tilting foot platform and so arranged that .when it enters the snow underneath the skee or skate, if the skee be pushed backward the said dog will remain rigid and allow the operator to shove himself forward sliding on the skee or skate on the other foot, but said dog is so arranged that if the skee or 'skate slide forward while said 'dog projects into the snow or ice underneath the skee or skate the said dog will tilt backward under said tilting foot platform so as not to impede the forward movement of the skee or skate or trip the operator; the tilted position of said tilting foot platform when said tilton each footlby allowingbis weight to rest upon the back part of, ore'venly 01]..hi8-1f90t to hold the dog out of the snow or ice and slide forward unimpeded and as either foot in going through the motion of walking assumes a rear position and as the skee or skate at the same time comes to a stop in its forward motion the operators weight naturally falling upon the forepart of his foot causesthe front of said foot platform carrying said dog to tilt downward projecting said dog into the snow or ice underneath, and the operator at the same time pushing vigorously backward with his foot against said inclined tilting foot platform, the other foot being in a forward position the operator will propel himself forward sliding upon the other foot while'reversing the position of his feet until the other foot assumes a backwith the other foot the vigorous backward push thus enabling the operator by alternately pushing backward with either foot to slide rapidly forward in long strides, and also to afford such an arrangement of said dog that if it be inadvertently or accidentally projected downward into the snow at a time when the skee or skate is moving forward the said dog will not catch and trip the voperatonlbut will incline backward under said tilting foot platform sliding over the vsnow or ice and not impede the forward movement of the skee or skate, but when the skee or skate is stopped in its forwardmovement and the operator pushes backward the spring Wlll. cause said dog to assume an upmovement of the skee or skate enablin the operator to push againstit and propel himself forward.
Figure 1 is a detailed view in perspective ofthe entire improved skee or skate showing the position of said tilting foot platform'and the dog carried by it when the foot platform down and pushes violently to the rear. Fig; 2 is a detailed view in perspective of the entire improved skee or skate showing the position of said dog and tilting foot platform when the tilting foot platform is held by the operator in ahorizontal position while sliding forward on said skee or skate. Fig. 3 is a detailed view in perspective of the entire improved skee or skate rightrigid position and stop the backward operator tilts the forward end of the tilting v with a portion of the frame work of the she or skate removed so aslnot to obstruct is a sectional view of the forward end of said tilting foot platform with said tilting dog and late removed. Fig. 7 is a sectional view of t 1e forward end of said tilting foot platform and said plate and boxing;
Similar letters refer to similar parts throughout the several views.
The runner D and the brackets K and the support N constitute the framework of the improved skee or skate. Passing through the brackets K and the tilting foot platform A is a shaft L upon which the tilting foot platform A turns when the forward end thereof is tilted up or down; the brackets K are fastened to the runner D by bolts or screws; the support N is attached by screws or bolts to the runner D and is a support to the tilting foot platform'A to hold it in a horizontal position. whenthe operatorthrows his weight u on his'heel or evenly on his whole foot; t e toe band B at each end thereof is attached to the outer edges of the forepart of the tilting foot platform A forming a sheath on the upperside of the tilting foot platform A in which the foot of the operator is thrust and inclosing the front part of the operators foot holding it in osltion and reventin it from slipping for ward; the sli eath C i: attached to the outer edge of the rear art of the tilting foot platform A and holds the heel of the operators-foot in position and prevents it from slipping backward, this sheath may be constructed with a strap passing over the operators inste but I prefer to carry out my invention with a sheath constructed substantially as shown in the accompanying drawings. i
The tilting foot platform A is constructed at the front end with portions cut away as shown at R and Q to receive the plate H whichis attached to the, tilting foot platform A by screws at 0; through the hole in the plate H at M and the holes G in the dog E a shaft or bolt passes carrying the tilting d0g. E and upon this shaft said tilting dog E turns; the tilting foot platform A at its front end has the slanting. shoulder S against which the tilting dog E presses holding said dog E in an upright rigid position whenpressure is applied to its rear surface, at the lower end; said shoulder S being con- .tilting dog pivoted 'lower end turns. backward and upward against the lower surface of the tilting foot platform A, the said dog turning on the shaft at'M, but as soon as said pressure is removed the contraction of the spiral spring F causes the said dog EtO instantly assume an .upright vertical position as shown in Figs. 1 and 2.
The opening P is cut out of the runner D to enable the dog E to pass downward into the snow or ice when the forward end of the tilting foot platform A is tilted downward and to enable the lower end of the dog E to turn backward and upward toward or against the lower surface of the tilting foot platform A as shown in Fig. 3.
My invention may be carried out with or without the support N but I prefer to carry out this feature of my invention with the support N.
I- am aware that prior to my invention skees have been made with a tilting foot plate pivoted to the runner thereof. I therefore do not claim such a combination broadly; but
1. The combination in a skee or skate of a runner, a foot plate pivoted thereto, a at its middle portion to the forward end of said foot plate, a spiral spring connecting the upper end of the tilting dog to the forward part of the foot plate for normally maintaining the tilting dog in a position substantially perpendicular to the runner.
2. The combination in a skee or skate of the tilting foot platform A pivoted to the runner thereof, carrying the tilting dog E pivoted to the forward end of said foot platform with the runner D having the opening P therein and the brackets K attached to said runner carrying the shaft L upon which said foot platform A is pivoted to said runner substantially as set forth and described.
3. In a skee or skate, the combination of a runner carrying brackets and provided with an opening in front of said brackets, and a support at the rear of said brackets,
afoot platform pivoted intermediate its" same to the foot, a tilting dog secured to the forward end of said foot platform having its lower end extend through the opening in the runner, a spring secured to the runner, a tilting foot plate pivoted thereto,
' upper end of the tilting dbg and to the foot a tilting dog attached to the forward end platform tending to move the upper endof of said foot plate.
the said dog rearwardly, and a stop on the GEORGE LANDER JACQUES. 5 foot platform to limit the rearward motion Witnesses:
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4. The combination in a skee or skate of a FRANK W. LOCKBRAM.