US 732045 A
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No. 782,045. PATENTED JUNE 30, 1903.
L. B. GAHILL.
DETAGHABLE PLUG FOR SHOES.
APPLIOATION FILED APR. 6, 1902.
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UNTTED STATES Patented June 30, 1903.
LAWVRENGE B. CAHILL, OF CINCINNATI, OIIIO.
DETACHABLE PLUG FOR SHOES.
SPECIFICATION formingpart of Letters Patent No. 732,045, dated June 30, 1903.
Application filed April 5, 1902. Serial No. 101,449.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, LAWRENcE B. CAHILL, a citizen of the United States, residing at Oincinnati, in the county of Hamilton and State of Ohio, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Detachable Plugs for Shoes, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to improvements in plugs for shoes, whereby they are made detachable and adapted to be applied to shoes, sandals, slippers, and the like.
The object of my invention is to provide a detachable ornamental shield or plug which can be easily and quickly applied to and re moved without unbuttoning or unlacing the shoe or removing the shoe from the foot, and thus enable the wearer to readily change the appearance and style of the shoe.
My invention consists in producing an adjustable plug or shield, preferably of the shape shown, having a plain front with means for attaching ornaments-such as buckles, bows, and the 1ike-and having upon its under side means for removably attaching the plug to the shoe, such as a strip secured thereto, and having wings provided with buttonholes, so that the plug may be readily attached to and removed from the shoewhen desired, and in the other means shown and hereinafter described.
My invention also consists in the parts and combination of parts and in the whole as an article of manufacture, as more fully described and shown, and as particularly pointed out in the claims.
In theaccompanying drawings, which serve to illustrate my invention, Figure 1 is a plan view of an ordinary low-cut gore-front shoe, which is generally known as a Prince Albert or Princessshoe. Fig. 2 is aback view of one form of my detachable plug. Fig. 3 is a view of the shoe shown in Fig. 1 with my detachable plug shown in Fig. 2 applied thereto. Fig. 4 is a plan view of a strap-sandal. Fig. 5 is a side view of a sandal with my attachment applied thereto. Fig. 6 is a front view of Fig. 5. U
I preferably construct my detachable plug or shield substantially as follows: Take a piece of leather and cut in any desired shape, but preferably that shown, for the front a (No model.)
and a similar piece for the back I), to which I secure by stitching or otherwise a strip of leather 0, having wings d with buttonholes in each wing, as shown in Fig. 2. I next stitch or otherwise secure together the front and bark pieces. This completes the plug ready to be used.
To adjust my detachable plug to the shoe, sew buttons upon the front of the shoe to correspond with the buttonholes in the wings of the plug, then button the plug to the shoe in the position shown in Fig. I provide the plug with eyelets e, so that the wearer may pass a ribbon or similar material through to secure a tie to ornament the plug. Other ornaments, such as buckles f, may be attached to the plug in any desired manner, as shown in Figs. 5 and 6.
When the plug is to be used on a sandal slipper, I preferably construct the back of the plug with a loop g, through which the strap h of the sandal passes and holds the upper part of the plugin its proper position, while the lower portion of the plug is attached and held in place by wings having buttonholes similar to those described in Fig. 2.
It will beapparenl from the above description that my detachable plugis capable of some modification without material departure from the scope of my invention, and for this reason I do not wish to be understood as limiting myself to the precise form and arrangement of the parts as herein set forth.
By means of this detachable plug I am enabled to make a Colonial low shoe out of any ordinary low shoe, such as Oxford tie, strapsandal, Prince Albert low buttoned shoe, or any ordinary low shoe. It can also be adjusted to high shoes and to shoes of any description, size, or width.
Another advantage of this plug is that it enables the dealer to change unsalable goods to the prevailing style by attaching it. By use of the plugs the wearer can change the style of her shoes to suit different circumstances. It also enables the wearer to make rapid changes in style without removing the shoeandwithverylittleexpense. Thisplugor shield improves the appearance of many ordinary shoes by covering up the unsightly shoe-front, such as rubber gore or lace. It can be attached to or removed from the shoe in less than half a minute, and the shoe can der side, a longitudinal strap having wings each provided with a buttonhole adapted for use in connection with a shoe provided with buttons adapted to take into said buttonholes and hold the plug in place.
3. A detachable plug comprising a front shield portion, and permanently secured thereto on its under side, wings each provided with a buttonhole and also a loop for use in connection with a shoe having buttons and strap adapted to take into and engage said buttonholes and loop respectively.
LAWRENCE B. OAl-IILL. Witnesses:
JAMES N. RAMSEY, M. P. DUNKMAN.