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Publication numberUS1616694 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 8, 1927
Filing dateMay 26, 1925
Priority dateMay 26, 1925
Publication numberUS 1616694 A, US 1616694A, US-A-1616694, US1616694 A, US1616694A
InventorsHoppe Boris B
Original AssigneeOlga I Hoppe
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1616694 A
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, Securing and retaining 'the vends* of Yshoey Patented Feb. V8, 1927.

Bears Y maar l is. Herrn, or KEW GARDENS, nnwlroair; assreiion fro oLeAfi. rrorrafor YKEW GARDENS/,-Nnwvoiaii f oLAsr;

My present invention relates to a clasp for strings, a though it susceptibleV of.V other applications.'f In particular'myinvention relatesto improvements in, and y'modifieations ofthe clasp described in the Unitedv States Patent to Olga Il HoppefNo.V 1,439,241, granted December' 19, 1922. 1tl is a lfurtherv aim of my 4invention to providea clasp which Y i V the various figures, cam" shaped. memberV 18 is lshall not only secure lthe ends oiga shoe string or lace but which shallV also serve to hold the tongue of the shoe'in place and pre-` venti it Afrom working around to one side of the shoe. l

5 My invention-will be best understood from the following detailed 'description taken with the annexed drawings, in which:

Figure lis 'a perspectiveV view showing a clasp of my invention applied toa laced shoe and concealing thev ends of the shoe string. v

Figure 2 isa somewhat enlarged view, inl

longitudinal section of a preferredembodiment of my invention.V l Y l f f" Figure 3 .is 'a view-iin section taken along line 3-4-3 of Figure 2.'

1 Figure 4 is an enlarged view inV longitudinal section of a modiiicatiointhe' section beingotalren `along line'4-,-4 'of Figure 5v.

Figure 5 is aview inl` section taken along line 5-45 of Figure 4.

' Figure 6 is a sectional'view' taken alongA line 6 -6 of Figure 4. e

Figu-re 7 is a view in longitudinal section ,of the device shown in Figure 4 showing the A arrangement of parts when thev clasp is partially open and corresponds ytoA a `section taken aloiig'line 7-7 of Figure 5..'

Figure 8 isjaview in long jitudinal'sectionl l of a further modification.

Figure v9 is a view in section taken valong line 9-9 of Figure 8; and f Figure 10 is aview in section taken along line 10-10 ofl Figure 9 parts being broken away. 1 f f Y y Referring to Figs. 1, 2 and 3, `10 denotes a portion of the shoe-upper 'll'tolwhieh my improved'device issecured suitably by means of'prongs 12 and 13'which areA inserted'through tongue V11,v and Ybent upward as shown.

` whereby said lace; however, touinsure the cover re having 'a tongue My improved .device Y comprises va co-ver member 14 attachedto a' base member 15 by means of a pivot 16 jour-A naledin ears 17 attached thereto. Cover gated as shown. Y An upstanding. member 19, y i

preferably also corrugated, attached Ato or Vintegral withbase member 1 5 is" .disposed opposite camshapedportion 18 of cover 14, opposing members/18 and 19 serve to grip and securely bindfthe end portions of laces 20. As will be evident from oi' such shape that the laces may be gripped when the cover 14 is ina partlyor semi-open position.A Howevery when Yf'cover L14 is brought toa fully open position, as for eX- a-inple -as indicated by the 'dotted lines. in

, Figure 4, ample space isprovioled Jfor the insert-ion of the laces.` 1 By causing the grip-y Vopportunity given orl inserting the vloose ,Y ends of the lace beneath the cover 14.

lThe cover will be held closed dueto the binding'y actionfon @the end portions ofthe inaining in such closed position, II preferably provide a slightly hooked V'shaped tip 21 at the end of cover v1 4 which'engages a lip orcatclr22oi1 I.base member 15, thespring actioiiwof both members maintaining the cover 14 shut, but lpermitting it to open upon the application of sufficient force by thev fingers. yEars 17 aref preferably provided with longitudinal if portions 23, 23 lwhich extend across the space betweenv opposing grip-ping members 18 and 1Q/on either side or" said members'. portions 23,l 23 servel` as a support foi-the Thesey laces and prevent them from being carried beneath member 18 where Ythe gripping' aci tion 'is less effective, v

Vtlien is desired to employv `improvedy devicev above describedffforsecuring the ends 10i? a` shoelace, the claspfis secured tothe tongue 11 ofthe shoe'as hasbeen described. Cover 14 now having been moved into a fully` open position, theendportions of the shoe 'string are inserted between the opposing l gripping'members'18and 19. This having i 'been done, thelaces arek gripped by moving cover 14'downward"untilV the laces are engaged.V The ends of the' shoe lace may, it

i es

desired,'be tied around upstanding' member 19 or suchtying may be dispensed with, and

in either case' the loose ends folded, rolled or twisted into condensed form and inserted beneath cover 14,A after whichythe cover is brought down and into engagement with the securing member 22 attached to base memf ber 15. The .operation in removing the clasp is substantially the reverse of the above 'described operation.

The above device, while eii'ectively accom-j -witli thercover member a housing for more or less completely 'enclosing the loose ends of the lace. I also provide means whereby such vmember is automatically moved into the desired position and maintained in such position 'while the compacted ends are received betweenit and the cover member. Upon further downward movement of the cove-r, the intermediate member is moved downward therewith and is entirely contained Y within the cover member when the latter is in .the closed position.

kThis intermediate member I have designated as 25 and it is pivotally secured to base member 15 by means of pivots 26 lpassing -Ythrough upstanding lportions or ears 17 of the base member 15 and extending lingers 27 of intermediate member 25, as is best shown in Figs. 5. and V6. n

As shown in Fig. 5, intermediate member 25 has aI cutout portionv near pivots 26 fory accommodating the upstanding. or gripping member 19 while its other end engages be- -nea'th a hook 28 of cover 14', when the latter is in the closed position. However, whenv vthe cover andgintermediate members are raised the hoolr 28 mov-es out from under the intermediate member thereby releasing the same due to the relative positions of the pivots of the cover and intermediate members.

`For the purpose of moving intermediate member 25 to the desired position, and for member25 maybe used. Thus the intermef diate member may be caused to assumeV a lowered position against the base member when cover 14 is iii a fully opened position if this is desired.

The operation of this i'orm of my vdevice is essentially the same as that oil the form iiist described. The use of the device, liowever, is facilitated bly-'the operation Vof the intermediate member which thus prevents. the `loose ends of the lace from escaping while the'cover member is being closed. V,As clearly shown in Figure 6, the upstanding portions or ears 17 fulfill the same lunction as extending portions 23, 23 of lthe form ot device shown in Figs; 1 and 2 to prevent the laces being carried below the effective gripping areas of members 18 and`19. i

In Fig. 4 I have shown conventional means Vfor attaching the clasp tothe shoe tongue in maintaining it therein, I have provided avpair of cams 29 integral vwith cover 14', each having a steep portion 29. Each cam 29 is engaged by a follower 30 forming an exten" sion of each finger 27 of the intermediate XVhen, now, the cover 14 is lifted from its closed position, intermediate` member 25 will be lifted due to the hook 28 of cover 14.v At the same time, follower 30 willV be acted upon byvsteep portion 29a of thel cam which action willbe effective inde pendently of hook 28 to raise the intermediate member 25 until follower V8O has ridden past .steep portion 29a. Intermediate member 25 will now occupy the position shown the form or" aprong Iinay, however, provide means for engaging the shoe tongue which shall be capa-ble of automatic release whereby the clasp may be removed from the shoe without the necessity of unbeiiding the portion ot' the prong 0r prongs beneaththe shoe tongue. In Figsy 8, 9 and 10 I have shown this automatic means in connection with the other improved features which have already been described, but it will be eviico dent that the releasing' means may be incorporated without the inclusion oit the. inten mediate member, should this be desired.

Referring now to 8, I have provided `a presser member v35 which Yhas Va spring body portion 36 secured to base member 15" by means of a rivet 37 orotherrattaching means. Spring portion 86 urges th-e presser member v35, the under side of which preferably is corrugated as shown, against an opposing member 88, which may also be corrugated and attached tov and forming anext-ension ofl base member 15. A slot '39y isI provided in vtongue 11 for the insertion or removal of the opposing member 38.5 As shown in Figs. 8, 9 and 10, body portion 86 of the presser member is provided with a cut out port-ion 36a to accommodate upstanding, or gripping member 19, and with an upstanding hoolnshape member 40, gripping member. 19 being undercut as shown by the dotted lin-es of Fig. 10.V VAs shown in this figure cut out portion or slot 36St is long llo Venough for member 36 Vto be'vslipped Ytrated in'Figs. l to 8 while on the otherh hand, I

ativelyfsi'mple and practical means` for faover member 19V ina cross-wise position. ber 40 VVenters a slot 4l'in cover 14y and is engaged the end 42 of the slot when the cover' is in Va fully `raised positioii.f Thus the form already described and-'illustrated in v Figs. '4 to 7 inclusive.

It will thus be seen that where simplicityy of manufacture is paramount,lthevlorm illusj inclusive may be used,

have provided relcilitating the operation ofthe device and :tor

. tures illustrated in An important advantage of myV invention Vexperience thatV Y shoe will in time t 'l the shoe thereby 'impairing its neat VlVloreover, as

`tain teaturesof one or `the otherinodificaas may prove accomplishing its read Vremoval lfrom the shoe wheny it is vdesirab e to employ the Jfea- Figs. 4 to'lO inclusive.

arises :from the fact that lit may be secured to the shoe tongue. It is a matter of common tend to work to one side ot appearance.V By the lusef'or' my device-however, it will'belseen that'whenthe laces'p'have been gripped thereby'the tongue will be held securely in its proper place-and .all possibility of the tongue being gradually worked to"` last mentioned permitting said cover'imeiny bertoiclosev againstsaid intermediate member' upon t member while said intermediatemember. `is

one side of theshoe is prevented.

WVhile'I have described' in great detail em-j bodiments of these dilerent quired by the patent statutes,-it will be un! derstood that such :forms are illustrative only and that the invention may be carried out in various' other specific embodiments.

will readilybe apparent, certions may be omitted, and some may be altei-ed and embodied in others andthe general objects of the invention accomplished.

Invthe foregoing description and in the claims the terms semi-open. .and semiclosed are to be construedv in aA general rather than a mathematical sense as the'V semi-open7 (or semi-closed) position referred to need not be exactly half way between the Jully'closed and ully open positions but may be any intermediateposition desirable in practice] 1. A clasp Y for 'shoe strings comprising in combination, a basemember, a cover memy' ber pivoted thereto, an upstanding member carried by said base member and av camsliaped member attached to said cover mem'- ber and coacting with said upstanding mem- 12. A; clasp for-shoev strings comprising'in A removed by 'withdrawing op- 88 through slot 39 i'nthe the lmethod o' using' this v lsaid cover member;A

inevitably 1 the tongue of a forms,f as reposition.

cover member isy moved combination, fa base member, a cover member, means actuated-by jinovement L of said with said! cover member a .housing for `the ber is in a semi-open position.

ber; means actuated'byv ovement ol said cover memberforfgripping thelaces and a i bei? to bindl the 'laces therebetween vwhile thev i romja semi-open toV pivotedintermediatemember lbetween said cover and base members,.means for holding.y

said intermediate member in a raised rposition Vwhen said. cover4 is-in an open `positionwhereby in suchv positions vof r cover andiiiterinediate members the'ends of the laces may be slippedbetween fthem, said holding means permitting saidV intermediate member toreturn to the 'closed .position with lil `looseend's ofthe laces while said cover mem- 4. A clasp orfshoe strings comprising in pivoted intermediate 'member' between said cover and base members,

saidinte'rmediate member in a raisedfposifurther movement ot' the cover lcombination',.-a"base member, a cover'meint belg-means actuated by movementy of said coverineinber for gripping 'the laces and .a 11.

lmeans lfor holding. j

in a raised iposition' vand permitting `said inf. termediate member-to vreturn to thenclosed lposition with said cover member. Y for shoev strings comprising in 5. A Vclasp combination, a base member, a cover memcover member for vgripping the laces and a' .pivoted intermediate member between said cover and base members, means o'rholding jsai'd intermediatermember in a raised position when said cover is in an open position "begane-ans actuated by movement of saidv 7 whereby in suchpositions ofcover and 'in-f termediate members the ends of the laces may beslippedbetween them, said holding F2391 V,hook shaped portion'adapted to engage the .cover member-for gripping'thelaces,anda. Y pivoted intermediate membery between said i cover and base members adapted-l kto 'torni 3. A clasp orshoe stringscomprising inV l combination, a base member, a vcoverV memunder side of the intermediatemember prior' Iii?) to said lcover member attaining a closed ber, means Vactuated by movement of said 130 cover member for gripping the laces, Aand a Y cover and base members, meansi'or lifting said Vintermediatemember With said; cover mem-ber from closed'positiom; and cam means for iixing saidV intermediate member .in `asemi-fopen .positionalE While -saidcover is moved to a fully open positijonm.

7 .A clasp'for shoe,l strings comprising'in combination,VV a base memben, a ,covergmem-g ber,ineansoactiiatedby movement `of said cover member for gripping the; ;laces,ai1d 21 pivoted*intermediate member vbetween said cover-,and base members, meansfincluding a cam,- for liftingsaid intermediate member With-said cover member from. closed position andcam means for fixing said intermediate member. in a semi-open positionwhile`l said cover is moved; to ,a ullyfopen,posltion.,fy

8. A clasp for shoec strings comprising inE combination, a basemember, a lcover inember,means actuated -by movement of said,l ing a tonguea clasphaving a base membercover. member ri'or grippin-gtlie laces, means for securingrsaid clasp to a member ofthe shoe and means for VVreleasing",said securing Hl@ 3DS.

9L 'A clasp for. slioestifings comprising iii combination, a basemember, a coverfmemr.

ber,7 means: actuated `by movement 4ofsaid cover niembervfor gripping the laces, -means comprising. .a spring pressedpresser-mem.- ber for securingsaid clasp to afvmemberot the: shoe and @means orreleasing .said .vs ecurf,y ing meaiis.-l

l0. 1A clasp for. shoe: strings comprising in combination, a kbase member,v a cover member piveted thereto, '.opposingpgripping members for said shoel stringsrespectively carried by said cover and base members-and constructed and arranged( to-gripfsaid laces While said cover member is 4movedromnay semi-open toa closed position, means; for se-` f cnring'said clasp .to a membernof t'heishoe4 yandm'eans actuated; by' movement of said cover member for releasing said lsecuring means: I

ll. A clasp forshoe stringsr comprising combinatioin a base member, a cover memfber, mean'sgactuated by movement of said cover Vmember for gripping the laces and 1a tion- When said coveris in anopen rposition whereby in such positions vof coverandim termediate members the ends of the laces v,may be slippedv between them,v said holding Y5o pivoted intermediate member.: between said,v cover and base members,l means for holding -said intermediate-member in a raised porsi-` means permitting said intermediate member l to retin-into the closed yposition with said cover member, means for securing said clasp .toa memberof the shoe and means'actuated byfanovement. of saidinember :fori releasing. saidgsecuringineans. Y l

l2. In combintaion Withg a lace shoe hav-` ;and a cover member, means actuatedjby movementoi saidcover-anember for grip- )ino-the laces Vmeanszifor securingy said lClas d 2J 7 b i to said tongue and means` actuated by movement-ofthe cover member -for releasing. said securing means.

and va cOVeiHmember, mea-ns .actuated ,movement of said: cover memberA for toisaid tongue and means for releasing` said securing means. Y l

14. Imcombination'ivith a lacedshoe hav- Ling a tongue,a clasp having a base member =and a cover member', means actuatedA by movements of said cover member orvgripping the laces, and meansgfor. securingrsuch clasp to said tongue.4


13.,y In combination with a lace shoehagv-k: .ing a tongue, a clasphaving a b aSe member ,by grip.; ping tlie ,laces,means for securing 'suchv clasp`

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U.S. Classification24/712.6, 2/245
International ClassificationA43C7/04, A43C7/00
Cooperative ClassificationA43C7/04
European ClassificationA43C7/04