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Publication numberUS632409 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 5, 1899
Filing dateJan 13, 1899
Priority dateJan 13, 1899
Publication numberUS 632409 A, US 632409A, US-A-632409, US632409 A, US632409A
InventorsWilliam S Hallowell
Original AssigneeWilliam S Hallowell
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Boot, shoe, or slipper holder.
US 632409 A
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No. 632,409. Patented sept. 5, |899.

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(Application filed Jan. 13, 1899.)

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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 632,409, dated September 5, 1899.

` Appucautn inea January 13,1899. sentire. 702.091. (No moda.)

To @ZZ whom it' may concer/t.-

Be it known that I, WILLIAM S. HALLO- WELL, a citizen of the United States, residing at "Wyncote, in the county of Montgomery, State of Pennsylvania, have invented a new and usefullmprovementin Boot, Shoe, or Slip; per Holders, which improvement is fully set forth in the following specification and accompanying drawings.

This invention has reference to a novel construction in a shoe-holder; and it consists of an inexpensive device of this character which can be readily applied to a door or similar support, which is longitudinally adjustable to vary its capacity, and in which the supporting parts are relatively adjustable to accommodate shoes of different size.

The invention further consists in the features of construction and combination of parts hereinafter fully described, and particularly pointed out in the claims.

Figure lis a front elevation of a shoe-holder constructed in accordance with this invention. Fig. 2 is an end elevation thereof. Figs. 3 and 4t are sectional views taken, respectively, on lines x and y 'y of Fig. 2. Fig. 5 is a longitudinal section of an end portion of one of the supporting-rods. Fig. 6 is a fragmentary view in elevation and in section and illustrating a modification.

Similar letters of reference indicate corresponding parts in the figures.

AReferring to the drawings, the holder consists, essentially, of rear su ppcrts situated one above the other and an adjustable front support that is situated between and in front of said rear supports. The rear'supports are arranged so that the upper one thereof engages the heel of the shoe, while the sole rests against the lower rear support. The adjustable front support engages the upper portion of the shoe at about the instep to hold the` same in any desired position against the rear supports and can be either automatically adjustable to accommodate itself to shoes of varying sizes and to hold the same under pressure or it may be adjustable, so as to beset previously and in conformity with the size of shoe to be held. The rear supports can be provided in various Ways, but consist, preferably, of two transverse rods A and B, carried by end brackets C, the latter to be secured to the door, wall, or the like to which the rack is applied. The upper rod Ais near-the upper end of the bracket and a little distance in front of the lower rod B, near the lower end thereof. The adjustable front support consists of a rod D,parallel with rods A and B, but situated between the same. A s before stated, this front support D may be adjustable automatically, as best shown in Fig. 2, or it may be adjustable by means of a set'- screw, as shown inI Fig. 6, hereinafter referred to. In the particular construction shown in Figs. l` to et the end brackets C are ,provided with upwardly and rearwardly inclined guides or slots F., and at the upper ends of the slots are barrels F, open at-their` lower ends and in which are situated the springsG. The ends of the front support or rod D pass through the guides F. and are secured to the lower ends of the sprin gs G, the upper ends of the latter being secured at the upper ends of the barrels F. Since the springs G act by contraction, they serve to draw the rod D toward the upper ends of the guides or slots E. The said rods A, B, and D are also longitudinally adjustable to vary the length and capacity of the holder, such adjustability being attained by making the rods telescopic, as shown in Fig. 5, the rods proper being tubular and receiving the spindles H, as shown.V The ends of the rods, as well as the spindles, are provided with heads and collars K, the latter abutting against the outer faces of the brackets O, as shown.

The operation is as follows: The holder is placed in position by securing the brackets C against the door or the like, it being noted that no other preparation is necessary to adapt the rack for use. The shoes to be supported are inserted, toes downward, inthe rear of the 'front support D, which moves downwardly and accommodates itself to the size of the shoe, as shown in dotted lines in Fig. 2. The front side of the heel rests upon the upper support A and the sole of the shoe against the lower support B. The tension of the springs G not only allows the frontA support to accommodate itself to the size of the IOO' shoe, but also maintainsA the pressure upon the shoe to hold it in position.

It is obvious that shoes can be as readily removed as inserted, that the device will accommodate slippers and shoes regardless of the uppers, that the shoes are held so that a free circulation of air around the same is possible to keep them dry, and that the rack is light and not unattractive in appearance.

As shown in Fig. 6, the springs cau be dispensed with and the rod L secured in place by the thumb-nut M upon the threaded end N thereof, it being also obvious that said threaded ends canfpass through slots or guides in brackets or through a plurality of openings made for this purpose. v

Having thus described my invention, what I claimV as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is

l. In a shoe-holder, stationary rear supports situated one above the other, a yielding front support situated betweenand in front of the same, and end brackets common to said supports. Y l

2. In a shoe-holder, two stationary rear supports situated one above the other, a front support movable vertically and laterally between and in front of said rear supports, resilient means for ngoving said front support upwardly and rearwardly, and end brackets common to said supports.

3. In a shoe-holder, the upper and lower rear supports, an adjustable front support situated between and in front of the same, said rear and front supports being longitudinally adjustable, and end brackets common to said supports.

' 4. In a shoe-holder, the end brackets, upper and lower rods mounted at the rear thereof, inclined guides at the front of said brackets, -a rod mounted to slide in said guides, and springs for moving said rod toward the upper rear ends of said guides.




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Cooperative ClassificationA47F7/08