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Publication numberUS352064 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 2, 1886
Filing dateJun 28, 1886
Publication numberUS 352064 A, US 352064A, US-A-352064, US352064 A, US352064A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Shoe-string fastening
US 352064 A
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w. P. 031%.. SHOE STRING- FA'STBNING. No'. 352,064. I Patented Nov. 2, 1886.



srncir'rcnrion forming part of Letters Patent lvo fssaoeq, dated November 2, 188,6. 1

Application filed June as, 1886. Serial No.206,487. (1% model.) I/

To all whom it mag concern: I 1 Be it known that 1, WILLIAM P. ORNE, of

Boston, in the county of Suffolk and State of .Massachusetts, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Boot or Shoe String Fastenings, of. which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.

This invention has for its object the fasten ing and securing of the lacing cord or string of a boot or shoe after it has been laced, to prevent its unlacing, and in such manner that the lacing cord or string canbe conveniently fast; ened and unfastened; and the invention consists, in combination with a cord or string for lacing a boot or shoe provided with a knot, stop, or button at or near one end, of a hook having atubular portion adapted to fit ovcr said cord or string, and preferably to freely slide back and forth thereon and secured from accidental detachment therefrom, by which, after the boot or shoe is laced, the free ends of the lacing cord or string can be easily and-con veniently fastened or secured together, to prevent the accidental unlacing of the boot or shoe, and as easily and conveniently unfastened when desirous of unlacing the boot or shoe, all

substantially as hereinafter fully described.

Intheaccompanying sheet of drawings this. invention is illustrated, Figure 1 representing in front view aboot as laced and having its lacing cord or string fastened by the fastening device-of the presentinvention. Fig. 21s afront View of the fastening device, separate from the boot; Figs. 3 and 4, front and edge views, respectively, of the hook; Figs. 5 and 6, front and sectional views, respectively, of the stop or button, Figs. enlarged.

In the drawings, A represents a boot having its front quarters, B O, laced by the lacing cord or string D, passing through the eyelet-holes E 2 to 6, both inclusive, being i and over the hooks F, all asusual in lacing boots or shoes, except that the ends a b of the cord are secured andfastened, to prevent accidental unlacing, by the fastening device G,

, which constitutes the present invention.

H is a hook made of wire, and of the shape shown, and firmly secured by its end 01 to the end of a short tube or sleeve, J. -Through the opening f of this tube J is passedthe end a of the cord D, anda knot, made on such end to prevent the detachment of the hook from the cord. The tube J is'p'referably countersunk at the end next the hook, as at h, for the disposal of the knot g therein. p p,

K isa buttonor knob having a central ope-ning or passage, Z, through it, through which is passed the other end, b, of the cord D, and a knot, m, madetthereon to prevent accidental detachment of the button therefrom, the knot m lying in the depression n, countersunk in the.

end of the button. V

In applying this'invention to aboot or shoe, the facing-cord D, cutto the proper length, is

first passed through all of the eyelet-holes E on the boot, and then the hook H and. button K attachedto the cord, as described. The lacing of the boot is then finished about the hooks F, and the end I) of the cord, just back of the stop or button K, is placed in the hook H'th'rough its opening 9", which fastens and secures the. lacing-cord as the stop or button abuts against the hook and prevents the escape of the cord therefrom, preventing the accidental unlacing of the boot. To unlace the boot, slip the cord out from the hook through the opening, when the boot can be unlaced, as usual.

The opening 1' of the hook is preferably less than the diameter of the cord, which prevents its escape from'the hook, while the spring of the wire of which the hook is made allows for the easy insertion of the cord in the hook and its removal therefrom when desirous of fastening or unfastening the lacing-cord.

The tube J, by which the hook is attached and secured to the cord, and thebutton can be moved or slid along the cord, by which the length of the cord can be adjusted for the proper lacing of the boot and have its ends fastened, this adj ustment of the length of the cord being done at the time it is applied to the boot; but it can be done after, should the cord become stretched fromuse. I

When the boot has lacing-hooks F, the cord need not be longer than as shown in Fig. 1- thatis, sufficient for the lacing portion and the securing of its ends from the two upper lacinghooks F; but, when eyelets only are used, or eyelet-holes for the two upper lacing-hooks F, the cord should be longer,-to extend at least once around the ankle, or more times, if desired, and then'fasten at the front, as shown,

for the reason that as the hook or button cannot pass through the eyelet-holes the cord should be thus longer, for it,when unfastened, to slide through the eyelet-holes for the loosening of the lacing suflicient for the putting on or taking off of the boot. The button K can be dispensed with, and a knot, m, in the cord only used; or any suitable stop or button can be used and secured in any suitable manner to the cord. It is preferable, however, to use a stop attached to the cord, as it gives a better finish.

The cord can be secured to the tubular portion J of the hook H in other ways than by a knot, g, and permanently, if desired; but it is preferable to secure it so it can slide thereon, for the convenient adjustment of the length of the cord, as described.

The hook and button are made of any suitable material, and the hook integral with the tubular portion or separate and attached thereto in any suitable manner, and it can be of any form desired, and either open or closed in the form of an eye; also, obviously, the tubular portion can be shorter or longer, or of any length desired.

Although this device is particularly shown and described in connection with a boot, it is applicablein connection with any article fastened by a cord or stringsuch as a glove, bag, 85c.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim is 1. The combination, with a cord or string for lacing a boot or shoe provided with a knot, stop, or button at or near one end, of a hook, H, having a tubular portion, J, adapted to fit over said cord or string, and secured from accidental detachment therefrom to engage with said knot, stop, or button, for the purpose specified. V V

2. The combination, with a cord or string for lacing a boot or shoe provided with a stop or button, K, having a depression, n, at or near one end, of a hook, H, having a tubular portion, J, adapted to fit over said cord or string, and secured from accidental detachment therefrom to engage with said stop or button, for the purpose specified.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand in the presence of two subscribing wit- HQSSQS.

WM. P. ORNE. Witnesses:


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Cooperative ClassificationA43C1/02, A43C7/00
European ClassificationA43C7/00