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Publication numberUS240996 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 3, 1881
Filing dateNov 5, 1880
Publication numberUS 240996 A, US 240996A, US-A-240996, US240996 A, US240996A
InventorsChaeles E. Gibbs
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Crimping-board for boots and shoes
US 240996 A
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Crimping Board for Boots and Shoes.

No. 240,996. Patented May 3,1881.

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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 240,996, dated May 3, 1881.

Application filed November 5, 1880. (No model.)

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that we, CHARLES It. Genes and EDWARD FEDDON, of Harrisonburg, in the county of Itockingham and State of Vir ginia, have invented a new and useful Iniprovement in Crimping-Boards for Boots and Shoes, of which the following is a specification.

The invention relates to an improvement in crimping-boards for boots and shoes, as herein after described, and particularly pointed out in the claim.

The object of the invention is to produce a crimping-board which, while subserving the purposes of the crimping-board now in use, will also impart to the leather the form of the foot, whereby, when the upper of the boot or shoe is removed from the board, it may be at once placed upon the last and the shoe or boot completed without again stretching and working the leather, as has been necessary heretofore in the manufacture of shoes and boots.

Heretofore crimping-boards have been constructed with flat sides, and the upper edge of the foot portion has been even and plain. They have not had the spring and concave to form the instep and top of the foot, or the configuration to give the upper the right and left shape. Upon these crimping-boards the wetted leather was stretched by pinchers and by rubbing and clamped or tacked on the edges, to remain until dry. The operation of stretchin g and working the leather on the board required a great deal of time and labor, and after being dried the leather was removed and placed upon the last, where it was again stretched and worked to give it the contour of the footviz., the right and left and instep formation. The leather was thus necessarily submitted to two operations of rubbing and stretching, which not only consumed laborand time, but also had the effect of weakening the leather and producing thereby an inferior shoe.

Our crimping-board, constructed, as aforesaid, to not only crimp the upper, but to give it the right and left and instep formations, dispenses with the latter operation above described, and saves thereby the injurious effect upon the leather caused by the second soaking, rubbing, stretching, 850., as well as the time and labor employed in said operation, and produces a much better shoe or boot at a reduced cost. \Ve place the wetted leather upon the crimpinging-board, and at one operation of stretching the upper is made to conform to the foot, when it is placed upon the last and the shoe finished at once. The last is used not as a stretcher, but simply as a convenient block to hold the various parts of the shoe in proper relation while they are being put together. The boot or shoe thus made is produced at a considerably reduced expense, and is a very superior article.

The construction of the crimping-board is represented in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 represents a perspective view with the upper and front of the leg portion in position and crimped. Fig. 2 represents views of the crimping-board and the crimped upper and front of the leg portion, and Fig. 3 a bottom view.

' The letter A indicates the vertical body portion, which is shaped along its length to crimp the leg of the boot, and is'formed on its front edge with the curved portion B, for crimping or forming the instep to the leather, and with a longititudinal foot portion, 0, having the opposite sides curved, as at D and E, for causing the upper to partake of the right and left sides of the foot.

Heretofore lasts for boots and shoes have been formed with curves which impart the right and left formations to the upper; but such is not our invention, and is therefore not claimed.

In our invention the upper and leg portion, after being subjected to the action of the crimping-board, are placed upon the ordinary last and finished as usual.

WVhat we claim as our invention, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-

The crimping-board herein described, consisting of the vertical body portion A, formed integral with the foot portion 0, having the side curves, D and E, to impart the right and left formation of the foot to the leather, and with the curve B, for imparting the instep formation to the same, all as herein described.

In testimony that we claim the foregoing improvement in crimping-boards for boots and shoes, as above described, we have hereunto set our hands this 17th day of September, 1880.


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