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Publication numberUS275942 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 17, 1883
Filing dateOct 11, 1882
Publication numberUS 275942 A, US 275942A, US-A-275942, US275942 A, US275942A
InventorsHeney H. Poetee
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 275942 A
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LACE FASTENER- N0 .275,942. Patented Apr. 17,1883.


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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No.275,942, dated April 17, 1883.

Application filed October 11, 1882. (No model.)

To all whom it may concern Be it known that I, HENRY H. PORTER, of Littleton, in the county of Grafton and State of New Hampshire, have invented a new and Improved Lace-Fastener, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.

The object of my invention is to provide a new and improved device for fastening and holding a lace without requiring the same to be tied or knotted.

The invention consists in an eyelet provided with a transverse bar, through which eyelet a lace fastened to a shoe, glove, or other article is passed, is then passed over the transverse bar and back through the eyelet again, whereby the lace will be firmly held at any point of its length. The eyelet is securely fastened to a shoe, glove, or other article in some suitable manner.

Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings, forming part of this specification, in which similar letters of reference indicate corresponding parts in all the figures.

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a shoe provided with my improved lace-fastening. Fig. 2 is a perspective view of a glove provided with the same. Fig. 3 is a perspective view of my improved fastening, showing a lace in the same. Fig. 4 is a cross-section a1 elevation of the same on the line .90 a Fig. 2.

An eyelet, A, provided with across-bar, B, is secured to the shoe, glove, or any other suitable article in some suitable well-known manner. In a shoe one end of the lace O is secured to the shoe, and is then passed through the lace-holes or hooks D, and is then passed through the eyelet A from the inside of the shoe toward the outside, over the cross-bar B, and back toward the inside of the shoe again, as shown. In a glove one end of the strap or lace E is secured to that side of the glove-opening opposite the one to which the eyelet A is fastened. When the two strands of the lace overlap each other, as shown in Fig. 4, the lace cannot be moved, as the innermost strand, b, which is the one fixed to the glove, presses the strand a, resting against the inner surface of the glove, against the edge of the eyelet, and thus acts as a brake to prevent moving of the lace-that is, to prevent drawing it through the eyelet. 1f the innermost strand, b, is in the position shown in Fig. 4 in dotted lines, the lace can be loosened, but not in any other position, for as soon as there is any tension on the strand b it locks the strand a in place if the strands are in the position shown in full lines in Fig. 4. A round lace, O, as shown in Fig. 3, is held in place more by the friction of the lace on the edges of the eye let. 1 have the cross-bar B on the outer surface of the eyelet, and the lace passes through the eyelet from the inner surface of the shoe or glove toward the outer surface; but, if desired, the cross-bar B can-be secured on the central part or inner surface of the eyelet; but Y J in that case the lace should be passed through the eyelet from the outer toward the inner surface of the shoe or glove. The fastening requires no knotting or tying, and is automatic, as it fastens the glove or other article in whatever position it (the cord) is released and at any point of its length.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-

A lace-fastener constructed substantially as described, consisting of an eyelet provided with a transverse bar, over which the lace may be passed and then returned through the eyelet, whereby the lace may be held at any point of its length, as described.




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US4733439 *Jun 3, 1987Mar 29, 1988Gentry Keith BFastener for shoes
US5526585 *Oct 19, 1994Jun 18, 1996Brown; Edward G.Attachment device for use with a lace-substitute hand-actuable shoe-closure system
Cooperative ClassificationA43C7/00