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Publication numberUS459160 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 8, 1891
Filing dateMay 29, 1891
Publication numberUS 459160 A, US 459160A, US-A-459160, US459160 A, US459160A
InventorsGustavus Teoxler
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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(No Model.)

, G. TROXLER, Jr. PASTBNER FOR secueme THE ENDS 0F LAGIN'G nouns 0N SHOES, &e.

No. 459,160. Patented Sept. 8, 1891.

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GUSTAVUS TROXLER, JR, OF NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, ASSIGUOR OF ONE- HAIJF TO ISAAC L. SILVERBERG, OF SAME PLACE.

FASTENER FOR SECURING THE ENDS 0F LAClNG-CORDS 0N SHOES, dc.

SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 459,160, dated September 8, 1891. Application filed May 29,1891. Serial No. 394,891. (No model.)

To aZZ whom it may concern.-

Be itknown that I, GUSTAVUS TROXLER, Jr., a citizen of the United States, residing at Newark, in the county of Essex and State of New Jersey, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Fasteners for Securing the Ends of Lacing-Cords on Shoes, &c.; and I do hereby declare the following to be afull, clear,

and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, and to letters of reference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification.

The general class of inventions to which the herein-described device refers is a holding attachment or fastener, to which the free ends of a shoelace are attached, which is used to retain the ends of the lacing-cord in the lacing-studs of a shoe, thereby avoiding the necessity of tying the same together, as is the usual custom, and also the annoyance caused by the want of any suitable means for fastening the same.

The improvement herein described is designed to effectually perform the functions of a lacing-cord fastener, which may be used on any shoe, with nothing to mar the outward appearance thereof, and which, by reason of its construction, will permit of a great variety of design and ornamentation.

The invention consists of the application of a fastener to the ends of a lacing-cord for shoes provided with a springactuated wheel, so that after the foot has been placed in the shoe the latter can be laced up in the usual manner and the meeting edges of the upper thereby brought together down the front of the foot, when the remaining port-ions of the cord projecting from the two upper lacingstuds will be drawn into the casing of the fastener by the action of its spring-actuated wheel, and the fastener assumes its holding position at the top of the shoe.

In the accompanying sheet of drawings, in which similar letters of reference are employed to indicate corresponding parts in each of the several views,Figure1 isa perspective View of a shoe laced up in the usual manner, the ends of the lacing-cord being provided with the fastener, whereby the same are securely held in their positions on the shoe. Fig. 2 is a top view of the fastener. Fig.3 is a side view of the same, and Fig. l is a back View of the same. Figs. 5 and 6 are views of the fastener with the back plate detached, clearly illustrating a brake mechanism in its operative and inoperative sliding engagement with a central post for locking or unlocking the spring-actuated wheel or reel in the desired position. Fig. '7is an enlarged sectional view of the fastener, taken on line a: in Fig. 3, clearly illustrating the arrangement of a springactuated wheelor reel and the manner of securing the free ends of the lacing-cord thereto. Figs. 8 to 1-I,inclusive,are views of the several parts of the fastener detached to illustrate more clearly the construction of the same.

The essential and elemental features of the fastener illustrated in the above-described views are a head portion or face a, a back plate I), and an intermediately-arranged wheel or reel 0, adapted to rotate on a post or shank a on the inner side of said face plate. The face plate a may be provided wit-l1 an ornamental plate a secured thereto in any c011- venient manner, such plate being illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2.

As will be seen from Figs. 3, 7, S, and 9, the face plate a, which is preferably struck up from sheet metal, has formed thereon the arms and is provided with a centrally-arranged tongue or post a, all of which project out at right angles from said face plate, as shown in Fig. 9. To said arms a is secured the back plate Z), which is provided with perforations I), (see Fig. 10,) and through the perforations the ends of the arms a are forced and turned over upon the back plate, as at a in Figs. 3 and 4. The tongue or post a projecls out from the inner surface of said face plate to within close proximity of said back plate, and upon said tongue or post is arranged the wheelorreelc. Said reel 0 can also be made of sheet metal and struck up by means of a die into the shape illustrated in Fig. 12, being provided with a central hole 0 and the short radial arms 0 and the longer arms 0 Said arms and c are bent at right angles to the body-plate, as in Fig. 13, and the free any two of the arms a on the face plate and ends of the arms 0 are made to project through perforations d in the plated, (shown in Fig. 11,) and said ends are turned over upon said plate d, as at o (Shown in Fig. 3.) The shorter arms 0 which project up against the inner surface of the plate 01, help to stiffen the device, and by this construction a wheel or reel 0 has been obtained, which can be arranged upon the tongue or post a, as will be evident from Fig. 7. To said central post a and to one of the said arms 0 a spiral spring g is attached, preferably in the manner as illustrated in said Fig. 7, the operation of which andthe reason therefor willbe described hereinafter.

As will be seen from Fig. 3, the free end a of the tongue or post a projects entirely through the plate d, and upon said plate (1, between the same and the back plate b, I have arranged a sliding brake-lever c, provided with a longitudinal slot e ,by means of which said lever is made to embrace'the end a of the post a. Said lever e is also provided with a finger-piece e and adownwardly-projecting tongue or projection 0 which can be thrown into and out of engagement with cut-away portions d on the plate cl, as will be seen more especially from Figs. 3, 5, and 6.

The several parts of the'fastener are secured in the manner just above described, and the whole device assumes the appearance illustrated in the side elevation in Fig. 3.

When it is desired to attach the fastener to the ends of the shoe-lace, all that becomes necessary is to pass the free ends f between insert them between the arms 0 and c of the wheel or reel 0, as shown in Fig. 7, and by simply knotting the ends of the lace the latter'will be securely held in position on the reel, and the knots will be housed within the inner part of the reel and out of the way. The action of the spring g causes said lacing-cord to be wound upon the reel 0, as will be readily understood.

Now when the shoe is to be laced up all that is necessary is to pull out the lever e, which causes the disengagement of the tongue or projection c from one of the cut-away portions 61 on the plate d, and by holding the fastener in one hand and pulling upon the cord the latter is unreeled in the direction of arrow y, (shown in Fig. 7,) which causes the spring 9 to become wound tight. After a suflicient length of lacing-cord has been pulled out the brake-lever e is again pushed in, which locks the reel in this position. The lacing-cord can then be arranged around the lacing-studs h on the shoe-upper in the usual manner, and after havinglaced up theshoe and arranged the cords around thelast two lacingstuds the brake-lever e is again pulled out and the action of the previously-tightened spring g, by tending to resume its normal position, causes the reel cto rotate in the direction of arrow 1/, thereby winding up the cord until the fastener is in close contact with the last two and upper lacing-studs on the shoe, where it assumes the position indicated in Fig. 1 and tightly secures the ends of the lacing-cord in this position upon the shoe.

In order to prevent the possibility of the shoe-lace from becoming detached from the upper lacing-studs orfrom partly unwinding from the reel while walking, said brake-lever is again forced back into the device, causing the tongue 6 to lock with said plated, thereby firmly securing the device and effectually preventing the detaching thereof from the lacing-studs.

The arrangement and construction of the reel and the spring which is caused to wind and unwind the lacing-cord may be varied according to the requirements of the size and form of head portion or face plate to be used without departing from the scope of the present invention; but the construction herein shown is the preferred form.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim is- 1. In a shoe, the combination, with the lacing-cord thereof, of a fastening device consisting of a head port-ion provided with a spring-actuated wheel or reel to which the ends of the lacing-cord are fastened for wind-- ing and unwinding the lace and securing it in position in the lacing-studs of the shoe, for the purposes set forth.

2. In a shoe, the combination, with the lacing-cord thereof, of a fastening device consisting of a head portion provided with a spring-actuated wheel or reel to which the ends of the lacing-cord are fastened for winding or unwinding the lace and securing it in position in the lacing-studs of the shoe, and a brake mechanism adapted to lock said wheel or reel in any position, for the purposes set forth.

3. In a shoe, the combination, with the lacing-cord, of a fastening device consisting of a face plate provided with arms projecting at right angles therefrom, a back plate secured to said arms, a centrally-arranged tongue or post on said face plate, and aspring-actuated wheel or reel on said tongue or post, as and for the purposes set forth.

4:. In a shoe, the combination, with the lacing-cord, of a fastening device consisting of a face plate provided with arms projecting at right angles therefrom, a back plate secured to said arms, a centrally-arranged tongue or post on said face plate and a spring-actuated wheel or reel on said tongue or post, and a brake mechanism adapted to lock said Wheel or reel in any position, for the purposes set forth.

In testimony that I claim the invention set forth above I have hereunto set my hand this 28th day or May, 1891.

GUSTAVUS TROXLER, J R.

\Vitnesses:

FREDK. O. FRAENTZEL, M, H. CAMFIELD, Jr.

Referenced by
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US2611940 *Apr 20, 1950Sep 30, 1952Thomas C CairnsShoelace tightener
US2674021 *Jan 19, 1951Apr 6, 1954Charles HerdmanShoestring knot retainer
US3430303 *Aug 11, 1966Mar 4, 1969Donald E PerrinLace wind
US5367712 *Sep 30, 1992Nov 29, 1994Alexander, Smith & Co.System for changing the shape or fit of glove
US5371926 *Apr 1, 1994Dec 13, 1994Nike, Inc.Tension lock buckle
US5392535 *Apr 20, 1993Feb 28, 1995Nike, Inc.Fastening system for an article of footwear
Classifications
Cooperative ClassificationA43C7/00