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Publication numberUS1170472 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 1, 1916
Filing dateAug 27, 1909
Priority dateAug 27, 1909
Publication numberUS 1170472 A, US 1170472A, US-A-1170472, US1170472 A, US1170472A
InventorsJohn Wesley Barber
Original AssigneeJohn Wesley Barber
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Fastener for shoes, &c.
US 1170472 A
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i Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Feb. 1l, 1916.

Application filed August 27, 1909. Serial No. 514,913.

To all whom t may concern.' f

Be it known that l, JOHN WESLEY BARBER, oi' Newton, in the county of Middlesex and State of Massachusetts, have invented certain new and useful improvements in Fasis a specification. Y

This invention relates to fastening devices especially adapted for the lacingsof shoes, or other articles, which are secured by means of lacings, and my invention has particular reference to devices of this nature in which a roller is employed, around which roller the lacing is passed.

One of the objects of my invention is to Vprovide a lacing-holderV which shall be strong and durable, similar in shape or style to the ordinary form of lacing hook, as well as simple, the housing for the roller being so constructed that the roller cannot get out of place. y

Another obj ect of the invention is to provide a device of this character which shall have sides entirely open to facilitate the free insertion and movement of the lacing.

Another object of the invention is to prol vide a device of thischaracter having means whereby a durable land permanent coating is secured to upper or exposed portion of the housing.

To these ends my invention consists in theconstruction and combination of parts substantially as hereinafter described and claimed. y

"Of the accompanying drawings,-Figure 1 is a perspective view of my device in one of its embodiments. Fig. 2 represents a section through the'maXimum area of the device, the roller being shown in elevation. Fig. 3 is a detail sectional view, showing a modified form of trunnion structure for the roller. Fig. 4 is a viewsimilar to F ig. 3, illustrating` .another form of bearing for the roller. Fig. 5 represents a section on line 5-5 of Fig. 2. Fig. 6 is a View similar to Fig. 2, butshowing another structure otinterlocking of the ends oi' the strip` which" forms the housing. Figs. 7 and 8 aredetail plan views of different forms of one end of the strip which is employed in constructing the form shown in Fig. 6.

Similar reference characters indicate the same or similar parts in all of the iigures. The entire device, with the exception of the roller, is constructed preferably of a the following` i ends of the strip.

single strip of metal of thenecessary thickness to impart the requisite strength.

- prises a base 10, and another portion forms vthe `top 411, the base and top being connecte'd by end sections`12, and 13, all of these portions being integral and formed of one strip ofmetal. i One end "of the strip is bent to form a lip lhwhich is interloclred with the other extreme end of the strip which forms the base 10, `as clearly shown in Fig. 2. Aportion of'the base section 10, is punched or drawn, or otherwise formed into a tubulari'ivet 15, by means of which the device as a whole is to be attached to the shoe or other article.

-Near the endet the section 12, the base and top sections are formed with bearings for the trunnions of the roller 16. As shown y in Fig. 2, these bearings may comprise circular openings which receive circular studs at the'ends of the roller. i As shown in Fig. 3, one end of the roller may have the trun-` nion entering an orifice in the base section l0, and `at theother end a socket in the roller receiving a studv bearing pressed downward from thetop section '11. `Qr, as shown in Figt, both ends of the roller 16 mayhave socket depressions receiving stud bearings pressed `inward from the base and top sections of the housingr i ln theforms f shown in Figs; Sande, the bearing in the top section 11l presents a depression in the `upper surface of that section which receives some'of the enamel or other coating. rllherefore this top bearing `becomes at thefsame time a trunnion and a retaining holder for the coating.

instead of forming a locking lip 1&1 at one end of the strip, the strip may be made longer, as shown in Figs. 6, 7 and S to form `a plate 11141, extending under the baselO,

said plate Vbeing 'formed with ;an opening through` which the tubular rivet 15 extends.

rlfhis projection of the rivet through the opening otfthe plate section 1411, locks the Whether the device be formed as in Fig. 2, or as shown in Figs. 6,

or 7, the ends of the strip are firmly locked so that there can be no such separation or spread of the housing as would permit the roller to slip from its bearings. And in bothforms, the sides oi the housing are entirely open so that the lacing, whetherprovided. with a vmeta-l tipA or not, 'can readily be Ipassed through the device sothat in use the strain and wear ofthe lacii'ig will .be taken up by the roller. p

The top section ll of the strip may be, when stamped out, somewhat wider than the other portions, to be turned `over to vformv lips 17; these lips may be corrugated or serrated and may beforiiied with perforations, as shown in Figs. l, 2, and 5, so

' that enamel or othercoating applied to the v, device will be anchored inimovabl'y,Y andv vheld so that it will notchip oil. Y

The device when complete and applied to a shoe is ina manner similar tothe ordinary lacinghoolrs and saves the wearxon the lacing by reducing the friction. Moreover, therecan be no catching upon any projecting portions,vsuch as might either tear the lacing or fabric coming in contact with lt therefore constitutes a suit# able lacing-holder 'liorwomens shoes as well the device.

as me1i"s,especially,since the wide side openings' enable wide lacings to passy through, as well as narrow ones.

rlhe lacing device as a whole comprises a single strip of metal havingintegral attaching means near one end and an opening near the other end, the strip being bent to form an elongated housing, the attaching means 1 l passing through said opening and thereby interlocking the ends of the strip so as to preserve the elongated form of the housing and insure the provision of a space through which the lacing can be passed above the attaching 4means, the roller 16 being at the other end of the housing or. out of alinement with' the attaching means Moreover, when the strip is made as shown in Figs. 6 and 8, with `the end extending, under substantially a the entire length of the base portion ,of the housing, said Vbase portion is not only stiicfened thereby, but the lower trunnion or bearing of the roller is vpreventedvrfrom l; A lacing device comprising a housing v formed oli' a single strip of material having Copies' of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressiiigfthe i Gommisisionler oflatents,

under the said' roller trunnion and prevent Y 1 ing contact of said trunni'on with the niaterial to which the device is attached.`

2.-A lacing device formed of a single M U ID strip of metal having integral .attaching means near one end and opening near vthe other end, said stripbeing vbent toitorm an elongated yhousing and haviiigsaid attach ing means passingy throughfsaid .opening whereby the ends of the strip are, inter# locked, and a roller `mounted in said housing out of alinement with 'the attaching means, i

the space in the housing above .tlieattaching means providing roomfor the insertion of a lacing, the end oi the stripf which has the opening extending under practically,the entire length of theabasewportion of the' housing andformingaidoublefthicli base to stiften saidbase 'and to provide a smooth under surface to :bear on the n iaterialto4 which the device is to bev securedlfz* L 3. A lacing kdevice comprising a of metal. bent to form any elongated housing, i

and a roller mounted-therein, the bearing for the upper end of theroller comprising a socket or depression'in the roller `anda hollow studprojecting into said socket or depression. from the hoi'isingjwhereby the bearing for the -upper end of the roller becomes at the same timefatrunnionanda retaining holder for a suitable coating, thel str1pi'ormingthe housing having attach-i ing means located atone sidel oftheaxis of the roller. i y j y 4; Af lacing device `comi'orisiiig an velen-1 gated boX-shapedihousing, the topsectio'iiV having its edge' portions turned over and inwardly above and substantially parallel witlithe main portion of the top section, whereby the-edges of. said top section are ofl double thickness. y y, In testimony whereof l have ailixed ,my signature, in presence of two witnesses@ Joint` wiisiinr Brianna. Witnesses: f i

A. WV. Harrison, P; W. Pnzznrri. a

Washington, D. C.

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U.S. Classification24/713.5
Cooperative ClassificationA43C3/02