US 1514706 A
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Patented Nov, 1l, 1924.
U N l T if GEORGE COL'VIN KENNEDY, OF WATERLOO', IOWA.
`Application filed July,
To all whom t may concern:
Be it known that l, Gnonen CoLvIN KEN- Num', a citizen of the United States of America, and a resident of l/VaterlomBlackhawk County, Iowa, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Shoe Ornaments, of which the following is a specification. l t y My invention relates tor improvements in shoe ornaments, and the object ofiiny improvementis to supply an ornamental body with means of attachment to a part of a shoe, particularly .to adjustably conform .to and overlie apart thereof.
rIhis object I have accomplished by the means which are hereinafter described and claimed, andwhich are illustrated inthe accompanying drawings, in which Figs. 1 and 2 are respectively side and rear elevations of a low shoe equipped'withmyshoe ornament positioned to cover a portion of the outer surface of the upper lor counter thereof, and Fig. 3 is a development of said ornamental'body upon a plane.
Figs. 4: to 6 inclusive are side elevations of a shoe displaying different modifications of my shoe ornaments as applied thereto.
In said drawings, similar reference numerals denote similar parts.
The ornamental body 5 shown in said Figs. 1 to 3 inclusive, is preferably stamped out from a sheet of metal which may be pliant annealed copper or the like plated with gold or silver, and which may have any desired ornamental configuration such as that shown wherein a design is used having a number of lobes or partially separated petallike parts These parts 8 may thus be formed over the abrupt or varying curves of the shoe without difficulty to spread apart or draw together yieldingly to contactingly fit its surface or give elastically laterally to respond to foot movements which bend flexible parts of the counter', and the plate 5 may have orificed ears 6, which may be secured to the shoe-heel 2 of the shoe 1 by tacks driven thereinto through the orifices 7, or may be otherwise secured upon the shoe removably. Such tacks 8 are shown in Fig. 4, where the ornamental plate 3 which overlies the counter t on one side has a portion overlying the side of the heel 2, so that the tacks 8 may be driven into the side of the heel.
As shown in Figs. 1 to 3 inclusive, the ornamental plate 5 is recessed along one edge to provide the ornamental and partially i921. serial no. 483,563.
separated subdivisions 3. In Fig. 4 the plate has the recesses of varying depths, while the plate is positioned across abutted parts of the counter and heel. The surface curves of the shoe in both instances are yrelatively abrupt in variations of directions, and the plate 5 conforms yieldingly to and fits upon these curved parts, and may in its thus weakened portions be manually pressed to fit them, whereby one of these plates may be manually fitted to the same relative region on any kind of shoe however different in size, curvatures cr widths. The parts 3 may thus adjustingly either spread apart or drw together to fit the shoe, without-essentially altering the appearance of the ornamental design thereof when the plate has been initially properly shaped and stamped out flat. As a new article of manufacture, therefore, this kind of ornamental plate is easily adjusted to fit any shoe, and a dealer need stock but one size of each pattern for application to lall shoes. f
ln Fig. 5 is shown a modification, wherein the elongated ornamental strip 3 is positioned around the heel 2 at the top, and tacks 8 used to secure this Astrip and also the lower margin of a flexible covering sheet 12 to the heel, the sheet covering the counter t and having its upper margin inverted over the upper' edge of the counter, and cemented upon the inner face of the counter, or otherwise fastened thereto. This part 12 may be of thin metal, or of some leather or textile which may be Vsuperiicially ornamented to present a pleasing appearance and is very conspicuously placed.
ln Fig. 6 is shown a modification, wherein an elongated ornamental strip 3 is applied along the upper part of the counter flby being secured upon a more flexible underlying strip 11, which may be of silk or the like, the latter being inverted about the margin of the counter to be secured to its inner face ina way which will cause no discomfort to the wearer, and the outer strip 3 may have jeweled settings 13 mounted thereon if desired.
The rear part of the shoe known as the quarter or counter is usually stiifened by an inserted reinforcement whereby it is both mechanically supported and its rounded and upwardly directed shape preserved. It is measurably flexible toward its front ends and the connected rear parts of the vamp are still more flexible to yield transversely easily to accommodate the foot of the wearer andv to foot movements. My shoe ornament is shaped to cover the counter-'and may extend over and upon the connected parts of the vamp and must therefore be formed to yield in its subdivisions or weakened parts at the same time as said shoe parts give or yield, Without becoming displaced. Also, as the surfaces of the counter and vamp so covered are comparatively large and conspicuous to the sight at a distance and as seen from above at one side, the said ornamental plate displays its ornamental features, contour or decorations on these upwardly curved and tilted places, to thereby brilliantly illuminate the shoe. Greases or crimps caused by bendiing` are also avoided with this construction, so that the plate is smooth yet flexible, a feature unattainable when the plate is rigid and bent to one size and shape only. Y
Having described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is:
l. A bendable metallic covering-plate for adjustable conformable application to an outer curvate region of a shoe, said plate being marginally contoured to narrow it in determined places to permitof bending' and shaping it contractingly and conformably by manual operation to fitl yieldingly upon said region removably, and for like subsequent or alternative fitting likewise upon the like region of varying shoes, and means for securing certain parts of the plate upon the shoe to retain it in contact therewith.
2. A bendable metallic covering-plate for adjustable conformable application to an outer curvate region of a shoe, said plate having an ornamental contour including recesses which weaken it in such places as permit it to lit contactingly upon changing curves ofsaid region and upon the like located varyingly curved regions of different shoes, and .detachable fastening-means for securing the fitted parts of the plate to the s loe.
3. A bendablecovering-plate for adjustable conformable application'to an outer curvate region of a shoe, said plate having a peripheral shape with. lobular lparts, which permit it to be manually contractibly fitted upon said region conformably, and having surface ornamentation, and means for detachably securing it upon the shoe.
4. A bendable ornamental body for conformable application to an outer surface of a shoe counter and heel, and fastenings for anchoring.v said loody'upon,v said heel to keep it in` position upon said counter. Y
Signed at Waterloo, Iowa, this 26th day of May, 1921.
GEORGE COLVIN KENNEDY.