US 806353 A
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PATENTED DEC; 5; 1905.
APPLICATION FILED MALIG, 1905.
PATENT onr on.
I CHARLES LIPP, OF NEW YORK, N. Y.
ARCH-SUPPORTER- Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Dec. 5, 1905.
Application filed March 16,1905. Serial No. 250,436.
To all whom, it may concern:
Be it known that I, CHARLES LIPP, a citizen of the United States, residing at NewYork, N. Y., have invented. certain new and useful Improvements in Arch-Supporters, ofwhich the following is a full, clear, and exact description. 1 1
My invention relates to improvements in arch-supporters.
The object of the invention is to construct an arch-supporter for use in boots and shoes which shall be light in weight, strong and durable, and perfectly safe in'use.
The invention consists in improvements the principles of which are illustrated in the accompanying single sheet of drawings.
The supporter is shaped to correspond with the proper curvature of the arch of the foot. It is constructed of leather and cork shaped and permanently united by a process which insures the retention of shape through all ordinary conditions of wear and yet permitting of suflicient flexibility for comfort.
Figure 1 is a longitudinal section of an arch supporter embodying the improvements of w my invention. Fig. 2 is a cross sectional view of the same. Fig. '3 is a side view showing the parts of the construction partially separated, but in their proper relative positions. Fig. 4: is a'view of the under side of the principal leather member with the cork reinforcement secured thereto.
1 indicates the main body of the supporter, which is formed of leather. This is cut to the proper outline and preferably thinned off from the center toward the edges. It is shaped by soaking it in water and working and drying it on a last of the proper curvature. 2 indicates the cork member, which is much smaller and cut to the proper outline to conform with the more pronouncedly arched portion of thesupporter. This is thinned .doWn from the center toward the edges, softened in hot Water, and then worked'on a last to give it the.
'2 and attached to it while the glue in the cork is still tacky. This binds the under surface of the cork together and serves as an additional reinforcement to the supporter.
4: is a bottom member, which is preferably formed of soft pliable leatherfor instance,
chamoiscut to the outline of the main upper member 1.
When the glue in the cork member is completely set and thoroughly dried, Vienna paste is applied to unite the cork member to the upper leather member 1 and to secure the bottom leather-member to the cork member or to the canvas, so that the whole becomes permanently united.
These arch-supporters are not intended to be permanently secured in a shoe, but simply I to be slipped in and held in place by a proper fit. Theslightly-roughened surface of the bottom member 4'. assists in preventing the supporter from slipping about, while the smooth surface of the upper leather 1 permits such movement of the foot as is necessary,
depending, of course, upon' how snugly the boot or shoe fits the foot.
I am aware that insteps or shanks have been provided made up of leather and permanently secured in a shoe and that some have been reinforced with steel or metal strips. I am also aware that insoles have been built up of layers of leather. I therefore make no claim to such constructions.
What I do claim, however, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is
1. As an article of manufacture, an archs'upporter comprising an upper member of stiff leather, permanently longitudinally and transversely arched, a cork reinforce, similarly arched and secured beneath the shank of said upper member, means for holding said cork permanently in shape, a canvas binding for said leather and cork members, and asoft leather bottom, all permanently secured to' gether. r w
2. As an article of manufacture, an archsupporter comprising an upper member of stiff leather permanently longitudinally and transversely arched at the shank portion, a cork reinforce of smaller size, similarly and permanently arched and permanently secured beneath the shank portion of said upper memher, and a leather bottom member substantially the size of said upper member, and per-- secured to the under side of the shank portion, and having its pores filled with a reinforcing stiflfening and binding substance for the purpose described.
4. As an article of manufacture, an arch- 5 supporter comprising a main member of stifl leather permanently arched longitudinally and transversely at the shank portion, a cork reinforce permanently arched and secured to the shank portion of said main member and having its pores filled with a reinforcing stiffening and binding substance such as glue, and a binding member larger than the cork member and attached to it and to said main member.
Signed at New York city, New York, this 5 13th day of March, 1905.
CHARLES LIPP Witnesses:
GEORGE VVoLF, ADOLF ROEGENER.