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Publication numberUS1184396 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 23, 1916
Filing dateMay 20, 1914
Priority dateMay 20, 1914
Publication numberUS 1184396 A, US 1184396A, US-A-1184396, US1184396 A, US1184396A
InventorsJohn E Trimble
Original AssigneeJohn E Trimble
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Electrically-illuminated shoe.
US 1184396 A
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1,184,396., A Patented May 23,1916.

Attorneys o es.


To all whom t may concern:

Be it known that I, JOHN E. TRIMBLE, a citizen of th'e United States, residing at Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented a new and useful Electrically-Illuminated Shoe, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to an electrically illuminated shoe. i

An object of the present invention is to v provide a shoe with a jewel taking'the place of the usual buckle and which jewel includes an electric miniature lamp and a glass cover thereover and with the heel of the s hoe provided with an electric battery therein connected to the electric lamp or bulb and capable of maintaining the same in a lighted condition.

A further object is to provide ashoe having an electric battery in the heel with Wires leading therefrom interposed between the layers of leather of which the shoe is formed to thus be concealed. The wires are connected to an electric miniature bulb or lamp which may be of any suitable color so as to harmonize with the general color scheme of a dress or costume.

A further object is to provide a shoe heel so arranged that an electric battery may be easily inserted therein and readily removedtherefrom, thus allowing the battery to be replaced after its useful eriod of service is over. The electric bulb 1n the jewel is also arranged so that it may be quickly replaced by a similar bulb of some other color.

With the foregoing and other objects in View which will appear as the description proceeds the invention resides in the combination and arrangement of parts and in' heel being broken away to disclose the.bat-

tery therein and the jewel b eing in section, disclosing its structural details. Fig. -2 1s a sectional-view taken on the line 2-2 of Fig.

1. Fig. 3 is a view of a jewel and self con- Speciiication of Letters Patent.

vwhich the wires extend ELECTRIQALLY--ILLUMINATED SHOE.

' Patented May 23, 1916.

Application led May 20, 1914. Serial No. 839,819.

tained electric switch. Fig. 4 is a fragmental vlew, illustrating the manner in of the shoe and are thus invisible.

Referring to the drawings in which similar reference .numerals designate corresponding parts throughout the several views, the shoe.y illustrated in Fig. 1 is in the nature of a pump such as worn vby a woman, although it will be readily appreclated that any desired type of shoe may be used. The shoe includes the sole 5,' upper 6 and heel 7.

The sole 5 is formed of two or more layers, the lower one of which has secured thereto the metallic plates 8 through which the heel holding screws 9 extend. .The screws 9 extend down into the heel 7 to draw the same into rigid contact with the shoe sole. The metallic plates 8 are thus carried by the lower of the sole layers and are hidden by the upper layer. The heel is provided with the upwardly opening chamber or recess 10 in which the two cell electric battery 11 is housed. An electric knife switch 12 is secured to the inner edge of the heel and is electrically connected to the battery 11.

Rigidly secured to the upper 6 and at the between the layers locality where the buckle or other` ornament to which is rigidly secured the lamp socket' 14. A miniature lamp or bulb 15 is detachably secured in the usual way within the socket 14 and is of any desired color. An ornamental cover, preferably lformed of glass 16 extends above and protects the bulb and is removably held to the plate 13 by the annular rim 17', suitable holding screws 18 projecting through the rim 17 and engaging the plate 13. The plate 13 is sewed or secured in any desired manner to the shoe and through it-eXtend the electric wires 18. A plate 20 is positioned upon the plate 13, forms a background for the lamp, being preferably of the same color as the lamp, and presents a glossy appearance, materially increasing the luminous effect of the bulb. The electric wires 18 extend between the layers which form the upper 6 and are electrically connected to the battery 11 and with the switch l2 in the said, circuit.

A somewhat modified form of jewel is illustrated in Fig. 3 in which an electric switch 19 is secured to and carried by a radial extension of the rim 17 and electrically connected to the lamp and battery to control the same, The modified form is otherwise like the above described structure. The electric circuit is diagrammati- `cally illustrated in this ligure but it is to be understood that it is to be electrically connected to the battery in the heel in the manner previously described. The Wires eX- tending'from the lamp to the battery may extend along the exterior of the upper 6, provided they be suitably coated to represent an ornamental part ofthe shoe, and thus lhide their true identity.-

From the foregoing it Will be apparent that the heel may be easily and quickly removed by releasing and removing the screws 9, thus exposing the chamber 10 for f the removal and replacement of the battery 11. By releasing the rim 17, the lamp 15 may be removed and replaced as desired.

Having thus fully described the invention, what I claim is 1. An ornamental electric device embodying a plate having a lamp socket, a domeshaped transparent member having an outturned margin seating upon said plate, an electric lamp carried by said socket and projecting into said member and inclosed thereby, and a rim seating upon the margin of said member and secured to said plate to hold said member in place.

2. An ornamental electric device embodying a plate having a lamp socket, a domeshaped transparent member having an outturned margin seating upon'said plate, an electric lamp carried by said socket and projecting into said member and inclosed thereby, a rim seating upon the margin of said member and secured to said plate to hold said member in place, said rim having a radial extension, and a. switch carried by said extension for controlling said lamp.

In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own, I have hereto aiixed my signature in the presence of two Witnesses.


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U.S. Classification362/363, 362/295, 36/137, 472/75, 362/293, 362/103
International ClassificationA43B3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA43B1/0036
European ClassificationA43B1/00C10