US 61487 A
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@with tant stmt @fitter RUDOLPH VOLLSCHWlTZ, OF NE'W' YORK', N. Y.
i Letters Patent No'. 61,487, dated January -22, 1867.
IMPROVEMENT IN BOOTS AND SHOES.
TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
Be it known *that I, RUDOLPH VOLLSCHWITZ, of the city, county, and State of New lYork, have invented a new and improved Lacing for Shoes; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description thereof, enabling those skilled in the art to fully understand and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawing, in whichv Figure 1 represents a side elevation of this invention.
Figure 2 is a transverse section ofthe same. l
Figure 3 is a detached elevation of ,the exible wedge Whichfforms the principal feature of the same.
Similar letters of reference in the several iigures indicate like parts.
This invention consists, in thearraugement of a flexible wedge, in combination with a series ofv loops placed in a zigzag position and attached alternately to the opposite edges of the opening or slit `in the shoe, in such a manner that by drawing said eiiible wedge through the zigzag loops, the slit in the shoe is closed, and by withdrawing the wedge the `slit is permitted to open, and the operation of lacing and unlacing a shoe can be performed with little trouble and in a very short time. l
A represents the slit in the side or front cfa shoe or 'gaiter-boot. The opposite edges of this slit are provided with loops,` a, which are placed in a zigzag position, as clearly shown in tig. l of. the drawing, and which may either be made of leather or of any other suitable material, and attached to the edges of the .slit'A in any desirable manner. Into the loops a is tted a iiexible wedge, B, to the upper or thin end of whih is attached a piece of tape or laoing, C, by means of which the same can be readily vdrawn into the loops, said tape or lacing being of such a length that the same, when once passed through the loops, is not liable to get out spontaneously. If the iiexible wedge is withdrawn from the loops a, the slit A in the shoe is free to open and the `shoe can be readily put onor taken off, and by pulling the wedge up into the loops, the slit A closes gradually and the shoe is fastened.V It will be readily/understood that the flexible wedge can'be made of leather or any other suitable material capable of producing the desired eli'ect, and the zigzag loops a can be made in such a manner that the same willlprove to be an ornament for .the shoes to which the sanfte are applied.
What I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is
The combination of a flexible wedge B, -with zigzag loops tt, attached to the opposite edges of the slit oropening in a shoe or gaiter-boot, substantially Yas and for the purpose described.
Witnesses W. HAUFF, E. HAUFF'.