US 299691 A
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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
WILLIAM K. SMITH, OF LA HARPE, ILLINOIS.
CARP'l-:T-STRETCHER@ SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 299,691, dated June 3, 1884.
Application filed March 17, 1884. (No model.)
To aZ whom, it may concern.'
Be it known that I, VILLIAM K. SMITH, a citizen of the United States, residing in La Harpe, county of Hancock, State of Illinois,
5 have invented anew and useful Carpet-Stretch-` er, which consists f an india-rubber sole or sandal, to be used in pairs or singly, made with serrated ridges or teeth extending across the bottom of sole.
Io The stretchers are to be fastened to the bottom of the boot or shoe of individual stretching carpet.
The mode 'of using is a kicking sliding Inotion of the feet. 'Ihe weight of the body holds I the carpet to its place after it has been drawn tight. After first fastening one edge of carpet to the door the stretching can be done with perfect ease by the operator and without any injury to the carpet whatever, the hands be 2o ing used for tacking and fastening only. I at- Y tain these objects by the mechanism illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which- Figure 1 is aside view of my carpet-stretcher. Fig. 2 is a bottom view showing serrated ridges or teeth for holding carpet.
Similar letters of reference refer to similar parts throughout the several views.
N is a sole, to conform to bottom of shoe or boot. A are serrated ridges or teeth extending across the bottom of ,frontof sole of carpetstretcher inclining forward. E are serrated ridges or teeth on heel inclining back ward.
In carrying out my invention, I prefer to make my carpet-stretcher with serrated teeth 3 5 inclining forward on front part of sole for stretching forward, and the teeth on heel inclining backward for the purpose of drawing the carpet toward the operator and for correcting any distortions offgures in carpet oc- 4o cnrring from any error in forward stretching.
I also prefer to make the teeth to extend continuously or in sections across the sole N. I further prefer to make the carpet-stretcher in the form of a sole with fastenings, that they 45 may be Worn on the bottom ofan ordinary shoe or boot, as the heel of shoe will prevent or hold the stretcher from slipping backward. Having thus fully described my invention,
that which I claim as new, anddo desire to 5o secure by Letters Patent, is-
l. An india-rubbeisole carpet-stretcher, to be operated by the feet, as set forth.
Y2. The serrated inclined teeth A and E, either extending across the sole of stretcher or in sections, substantially as and for the purpose herein set forth.
WILLIAM K. SMITH.
H. S. DIcKsoN, J. R. BOOTH.