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Publication numberUS26436 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 13, 1859
Publication numberUS 26436 A, US 26436A, US-A-26436, US26436 A, US26436A
InventorsStates Patemf peter Keffer
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External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Peter keffer
US 26436 A
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Specification of Letters Patent No. 26,436, dated December :13, 1859'.` i i t i To all whom 'it may concern: y Be it known that I, PETER KEFFER, of Reading, in the county of Berks and State of Pennsylvania, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Boots; and `I do hereby declare that the following is a full and exact description thereof, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, and to the letters of reference marked thereon.

Figure l, is a view of a piece of leather cut in form ready for folding to makethe entire upper leather of a boot. Fi 2, is a view of the upper leather folded together and closed by a single seam. l

My invention consists of an improved mode of making'boots by folding and ham-` mering in the crimp instead of crimping in the usual manner, or, of cutting and sewing directly in front of the instepyand also in` closing the leg by a single seam at the ankle.. i

In making a boot according to my improved mode the leather for the upper is first cut in form as seen in Fig. l, A, being intended for the toe of the boot and B for the leg. Then the corner or fla C, is brought down to the point C, and the` fold from the instep to the toe is hammered down so as to make a short or close fold. Then the corner or Hap D, Fig. l, is broughtback to the point D', Fig. 2, andthe fold on the front part 'of the leg is hammered down. Thus the leather is brought into proper form at the instep without crimping. Now the corner or viap E, Fig. 1, is brought forwardto meet the point E, Fig. 2, and thus the entire upper leather may be nislied `by a single seam from D, to C', Fig. Q. `This construetion has the advantage of avoiding a seam directly infront where a seam ismoreliable to rip or to chafe the foot. `By placingmy seam some distance from the front median linev the strain in putting on the boot is not so likely to tear the leather as when the crimp is cut in and then sewed directly in front. With the seam at onesideltheboot il more elegant` in appearancewhen new and 13g keeps its shape much betterwhen old. `But` the saving of time "by mymode of making: boots is the greatest advantage, therebeingL501tv only one seam to close and no time lost 1n" crimping theleathera y t I `My improvement is attended also with fa great saving of leather there being less waste" y 155 than in the usual1 manner. f y; y .1

Theboot may besoled andjinished` inthe usual manner,` and an ornamental topmay be addedif desirable. l f 1t I I am awarethat gait-ers havefbeen made in various waysfwithout crimping the leather, there being usually aseam directly infront, or a gusset at the side requiring two pieces of leatherto complete the ankle `andjtwo seams or a seam andthe usual lacing;` therefore I do not claim these` improvements, but limit myself to the improvement in` boots, the legsof whichrequire much `more `bend-` ing or stretchingof the leather at. theankle on account of the length ofthe boot leg being greater than that lof a gaiter.` i y ,g

Previous `to my invention the `entire upper of a boot was"never made` ofa single piece `of leather closed by al single seam extending from top ,to bottom offthe leg,`as above described; and I believe this inventionto be: substantially new an1d"useful.`^ t t E Having `thus fullyjdescrib "d my invention, what I claim and desire to secureby Letters Patent of the UnitedStates is y l The above "described mode of makinglthe leg of the boot, the leather being folded `in front and the crimp `hammered inj instead of crimping in the `usual way, and theiankle being completed bya Singleseam and one piece of leather substantially as set forth for the purposes described.` 1* `3 y .BETER KEFFER.` Witnesses: i t i D. C. I-IELLEE," DANIEL BREED.

Referenced by
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US4194308 *May 18, 1978Mar 25, 1980L-Lt-ProdukterBoot blank
US7219443Dec 7, 2004May 22, 2007Eric CzaplewskiProtective booties and leggings
US20060117598 *Dec 7, 2004Jun 8, 2006Eric CzaplewskiProtective booties and leggings
Cooperative ClassificationY10S505/84, A43B23/02