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Publication numberUS793609 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 27, 1905
Filing dateAug 26, 1904
Priority dateAug 26, 1904
Publication numberUS 793609 A, US 793609A, US-A-793609, US793609 A, US793609A
InventorsFred Holmes Rees
Original AssigneeRees Hook Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 793609 A
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PATENTED JUNE 27, 190.5.




Si ATTURN EY NITED STATES rammed June 27, 1905.




SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 793,609, dated June 27, 1905.

Application filed August 26, 1904:. Serial No. 222,275.

To all, 10/1/0111 it may concern:

Be it known that I, FRED HOLMES Runs, a citizen of the United States, residing at Elmira, in the county of Ohemung and State of New York,have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Lacing-Hooks, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to improvements in lacing-hooks such as are described and claimed, broadly, in my Letters Patent, Reissue No. 11,97 2, dated February 18,1902; and the object of my present invention is to provide certain improvements in the spring member and in the manner of attaching said member to the hook, whereby I attain certain desirable results, both as to the formation of the spring member and as to the manner of assembling the members in the process of manufacture.

A further object is to simplify and cheapen the manufacture of these hooks and to provide a construction of the parts whereby the assembling can be done effectively by means of automatic machinery.

I attain my objects by means of the arrange ment and construction of the parts of the lacing-hook, as illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 represents a vertical section through a lacing hook with my improved spring member in place therein Fig. 2, a side and plan View of the book before it is bent into final shape; Fig. 3, a side elevation, plan view, and front elevation of the spring member detached from the hook; and Fig. 4, a modified form of said spring member.

Like letters of reference designate like parts in the several views.

A represents the shank of the hook, which is in the form of an eyelet and is adapted to be attached to ashoe or other article of wearing-apparel in the ordinary manner. The back or bend of the hook B is provided on each side at O C with cars which project outwardly and are adapted to be bent over to engage and hold the spring member in place. This spring member is preferably formed by suitable dies from spring metal and is provided on its arm D with a broad bearing-surface which has a curved face to receive the lace. Below the bearing surface there is a bend E, which is adapted to be inserted within the hole in the shank A of the hook, and from this bend projects upwardly the arm F, which is adapted to be engaged by the ears 0 to hold the spring member in place in the manner shown in Fig. 1. Preferably the arm D is provided at the top with a curved lip which rides against the inner curved surface of the cap of the hook, thereby forming a guide for the free end of the spring member.

In assembling the parts the hook, by means of suitable dies, is first brought into the form shown in Fig. 2, after which the spring member is placed in position and the ears C bent over upon the arm F. The hook is then bent into its final shape, thereby bringing the bend E into place in the shank A.

The arm F where engaged by the ears C may be allowed a certain freedom of motion, if desired, so as to provide for the proper play of the parts of the spring member. However, I do not limit myself to this manner of attaching the arm F to the hook. The ears may be clamped tightly down upon said arm or I may use other means than the ears for securing said arm to the book. This spring member may also be formed of spring-wire bent in the shape illustrated in Fig. 4, in which the ends F are adapted to be gripped by the ears C when bent over thereupon, and the bend E is formed by coiling the wire once around at each side before bringing it up to form the arm D. This modification gives a more resilient form of spring and one that is possibly more durable by reason of the coils at E.

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

1. In combination with a lacing-hook, a twoarmed spring member having one of its arms secured to the back or bend of the hook and the other arm forming a resilient bearing for the lace.

2. In combination with a lacing-hook, a

by means of said ears When bent in upon said spring member. I0

In testimony Whereof I have affiXed'my signature in presence of two Witnesses.


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Cooperative ClassificationA43C3/00