Wool or felt boot
US 527717 A
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No. 527,717. Patentedoct. 16, 1891,
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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 527,717, dated October 16, 1894.
Application filed March 20,1894. Serial No. 504,359. (No model.)
To a/ZZ whom, it may concern:
Be it known thatI, JOHN PENDERGAST, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Hastings, in the county of Barry and State of Michigan, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Wool or Felt Boots; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, which will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains vto make and use the same, reference being had to theaccompanying drawings, which form a part of this speci- 'iicatiom This invention has relation to boots made of wool or felt, (and more especially intended for the use of. gripmen, drivers, farmers, and others whose occupations require them to spend much time in the open airin inclement off with it. Ordinarily, With this class oi' boots, the overshoes are worn the same as with other boots and will pulloif as easily, leaving,
the wool or felt boot clinging to the foot, especially if damp or wet; but by my improvement this is obviated, and not only will the boot come off the foot on pulling off the overshoe, but all wear and chafing of the foot of the wool or felt boot against the overshoe is eifectually prevented. v
Referring to the accompanying drawings: Figure lis a perspective view of my improved wool or feltboot, looked at from the heel end. Fig. 2 is a similar view of the same as it appears1 from the front or toe end. Fig. 3 is a longitudinal sectional view through the middle of the bootleg, foot, and removable overshoe. Fig. 4. is a side view of aboot embodying myimprovementin a modified form. Fig. 5 is a transverse sectional View, on line :1c-, of the boot illustrated in Fig. 4. Fig. 6 is a detail view of the flexible fastening for connecting the overshoe to the boot; and Fig. 7 is a detail view of still another modification of the heel-fastening device.
Like letters of reference designate correspending parts in all the figures. l The boot proper, shown atA, is of wool, felt., or equivalent material of a soft texture, calculated to keep the leg andv foot of the wearer warm and well protected. The overshoe, shown at B, is preferably of rubber, and
is provided with the usual slit or opening b at the instep, having anv inside tongue c and straps or buckles cl for buckling the flaps together across the instep and cause the overshoe to fit snugly on the foot.
The wool or felt boot A is provided at the instep with a guard or reinforcing iiap, ct,0f leather, and the heel part is similarly provided with another leather guard, shown at a. Upon the latter is securely fastened a depending leather strap e, to the lower end of which is attached a metal plate f, provided with a hinged spring-tongue g, as will appear more clearly on reference to the detail view, Fig. 6.
The heel of the overshoeB is provided with a flexible strap O, to the free end of which is attached a metal plate D, having a series of parallel transverse slots D D', adapted to engage the spring-tongue g appertaining to plate f, so that the twomay be interlocked, as shown in Figs. l, 2 and 3.
By fastening the strap c to the leather heelguard or reinforcing flap a, all danger of ripping or tearing the wool or felt part of the leg of the boot is effectually obviated, as the strain or pull between theheel-part of the overshoe and the heel-part of the wool or felt boot comes upon this reinforcing-flapct- Besides, by attaching plate f with its springtongue g to the lower end of a flexible 'strap (c), instead of upon the reinforcing-guard a itself, the fastening comprised by the springtongue g and slotted plate D, which it engages, has a certain degree of play or free movement, which enables the wool or felt boot to adjust itself properly within the overshoe much better than if the interlocking fastenings were rigidly attached to the wool or felt boot and overshoe, respectively.
While I prefer to use a single flexible or yielding fastening at the heel, as represented in Figs. l, 2 andS, this arrangement may be with corresponding interlocking fastenings on the sides of the overshoe, as represented in Figs. 4 and 5, in which case, of course, the sides of the felt boot should be provided with leather reinforcing fiaps a and a for the attachment of the plate-strap e.
Again, if desired, the arrangement of the slotted plate D and its co-operatin g plate provided with the spring-tongue may be reversed, as illustrated in Fig. 7, Without departing from the spirit of my invention, in which case the flexible heel-strap E is made with a tongue or extension F, Which may be inserted through one of the slots in plate D and then doubled upon itself and fastened to the interlocking spring-tongue h by inserting the latter through an aperture h in the adjacent end of the leather-tongue F.
Having thus described my invention, I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States- 1. As an improved article of manufacture, a Wool or felt boot provided With leather re inforcing fiaps ct and a', to which are attached iiexible straps e provided at the free end with a plate f having a hinged spring-tongue g at its lower end adapted to engage a slotted plate connected iexibly to the juxtaposed portion of a removable overshoe; substantially as and for the purpose shown and set forth.
2. The combination with a Wool or felt boot provided with leather reinforcing flaps a. and a to which are attached flexible straps e provided at the free end with a plate f having a hinged spring-tongue g at its lower end, of a removable waterproof overshoe B provided with a flexible strap or straps having a slotted plate at the free end adapted to engage the juxtaposed spring-tongue appertaining to the boot; substantially as and for the purpose shown and set forth.
In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own I have hereunto affixed my signature in presence of two witnesses.
FRED. WoLoofrT, PETER BELLAN.