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Publication numberUS911573 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 9, 1909
Filing dateFeb 25, 1908
Priority dateFeb 25, 1908
Publication numberUS 911573 A, US 911573A, US-A-911573, US911573 A, US911573A
InventorsJohn Crooks
Original AssigneeJohn Crooks
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Shoe-lace tip.
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91 1,573. Patented Feb. 9, 1909.

B v I avwmdoz {70bit Crook? mm srArEs rarnncr orrron I onN oRooKsoF PTEILAPELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIKI I Specification 01 Letters :Patent.

Patented Feb. 9,1909.

Application filed. February 25, 1908. Serial No. 417,762.

To all whom 'it ma/y'co'rpcerm I Be it known that I, JOHN CRQOKS, a subject of the King of Great Britain, residing at Philadel hiayin the county of 'Philadel- 5 phia and tate of Pennsylvania, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Shoe-Lace Tips, of which the followmg is a specification.

ThlS invention relates to shoe lace tips, the object being to so construct the tips that they can be readily connected together after the laces have been tied, so as to prevent the ends from dangling down around the foot.

Another object of my invention is to provide a pair of tips which are so constructed that they can be readily ssed through the eyes of a shoe, and which are very neat in appearance, and can be manufactured very cheaply. v

Another object of'my invention is to provide verynovel means'of fastening the lace to the socket tip.

. Another object of my invention is to provide the socket and head tip with spring tongues, so that they will be held in their pro er position when forced together.

T ese objects are obtained by the novel arrangement and construction of parts hereinafter fully described and shown in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1, is a side view of my improved tips showing them arranged on the end of a shoe lace in position to be secured together. Fig. 2, is a longitudinal section view through the tips in a fastened position. Fig. 3, is a section taken on line 3-3 of Fig. 2. Fig. 4, is a section taken on line 4.- 4 of Fig. 2, and, Fig. 5, is a detail side elevational view of the socket member.

In carrying out my improved invention I secure to one end of the lace A, a resilient.

socket member B, and to the other end, a head member G, whereby when the head member is forced into the socket member, the tips will be securely locked together. The socket member B, is tubular having its open end split and contracted as shown at B, to form a resilient portion, the ends of the tongues formed by the splitsbeing bent back upon the'lace which is placed over the member and secured as clearly shown at B Spring ton ues B are punched'out of the opposite si es of the tip, for the purpose hereinafter fully described.

The head member C, comprises a tapering tube, in which the end of the shoe lace is secured by indentin the sides of the same as clearly shown at The open end of the tube being contracted as shown to form annular depressions C, C. The depression C holds the lace in its proper position, and the depression C is adapted to receive the resilient contracted portion B, ofthe socket member B, when the head C, is forced into the same. It will be seen that by this construction the twomembers are securely lockedtogether when one is inserted within the other. The spring tongues B engage the sides of the head and hold it in its proper position.

Spring tongues C, are formed upon opposite sides of the head C adapted to engage the inner walls of the tube B, so that a ti ht joint will be formed, and it will be seen t at the tips can be readily secured together or drawn apart by simply exerting a slight force or pull on the same.

From the foregoing description it will be seen that I have provlded a shoe lace with a pair of tips which are so constructed that they can be easily and quickly connected or disconnected, and be used with great advantage for securing the ends of the lace around the top of the shoe when the laces are too long.

Having thus describedmy invention what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is 1. A shoe lace having a tubular tip secured on one end provided with an annular contracted portion at its base and spring tonguesextending toward said contracted portion, the other end of said lace provided with a tapering tubular socket having an annular contracted portion at its forward end adapted to engage with said annular contracted portion of the other tip when one tip is forced into the other tip.

2. A shoe lace having a tubular tip secured on one end provided with spring tongues, and a resilient contracted portion, and a tapering tube secured on the other end of said lace having spring tongues, and an annular depression adapted to receive said resilient contracted portion when said tapering tube is forced within the tubular tip.

3. A shoe lace having on one end a tubular member, said member being split to form tongues and said tongues being bent back name tothis specification in-the presence of upon tknellace; inbcombination with I? taplertwo subscribing Witnesses. in" tu u :u' n'iem'er SECIII'GL over t e 0t 161 end of said lace and adapted to be received JOHN CROOKS 5 and held Within the first mentioned tubular Witnesses:

member. R. H. KRENKEL, In testimony whereof I have signed Iny CHAS. E. POTTS.

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Cooperative ClassificationA43C1/02