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Publication numberUSRE13026 E
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 19, 1909
Publication numberUS RE13026 E, US RE13026E, US-E-RE13026, USRE13026 E, USRE13026E
InventorsJames W. Abbowsmith
Original AssigneeAbbowsmith manufactubing Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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J. W. ARROWSMITH. INSTEP SUPPORT 0B. ARCH PROP. APPLICATION FILED .TAN 11, 1909 vddrmmlnvwnu-lnv Reissued Oct. 19, 1909. V

UNITED sTATEs PATENT oEEIoE.y

JAMES W. ARROWSMITH, 0]?A MORRISTOWN, lNEVI JERSEY, ASSIGNOR TO ABBOWSMITH MANUFACTURING CO., OF CHESTER, NEW JERSEY. i

INSTEPSUPPORT OR ARCH-PROP.

Specification of Reissued Letters Patent. Reissued Oct. 19, 19

Original No. 748,553, dated December 2S, 1903, Serial No. 169,621. Application for reissue filed January 1i, 1909. Serial No. 471,818.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, JAMES W. Anuow- SMITH, a citizen of the United States, residing at Morristown, inthe county of Morris, State of New Jersey, have invented Icertain new and useful Improvements in Instep- Supports or Arch-Props, of which the following is a description, reference being had to the accompanying drawings and to the figures of reference marked thereon.

My invention relates to devices to be worn inside a boot or shoe for the purpose'of supportinl the instep or arch of the foot, such as is s own and described in the patent issued to me January 6, 1903, No. 717,523, on which the present invention is an improvel ment.

My present invention has for its object to rovide` a construction in which the reinforc- Ing-plate may beso connected to the metallic plate which forms the body portion of the Instep-support or arch-prop that the vends of the meta llc plate may have a slight Inovement relative to the reinforcing-plate and to further provide the device with a covering of non-metallic material by which the rein` forcing plate placed upon the upper surfaceof the metallic plate forming the body portion ofthe devlce may be permitted without discomfort to the user of the device and by which the device may he. adapted for use with boots or shoes of different widths and sizes.

In my patent referred to thereinforcing plate is so secured to the surface of the meallic plate forming .the body port-.ion of the instep-support or arch-prop that no relative movement of the two parts is permitted. In my present invention'. the reinforcingsplate is secured to the upper surface of the plate forming the body portion of the instep-support or arch-support and is so connected thereto thata `sllght movement of the ends of the body portion relative to the reinforcing plate is permitted. In additiony the device is providedwith a covcrin of soleleather or like non-metallic relatively stiff material curved tofit the curve of the upper surface of the metallic portions ofthe device and serving to protect the foot of the wearer from contact with the metallic portion, and the covering-piece being made of larger area than the metallic portion ofthe be trimmed to adapt the device to fit boots or she-es dllferlng considerably in shape and size.

lVith these objects in View the invention prop having the coverin g-piece secured thcre- Fig. 2 1s a perspective View of the cover'- to. ingpiece detached, Fig. 3 is a plan viewof the device with the covering piece removed.` Fig. i is a longitudinal sectional view on line a (L of Fig. 5, and Fig. 5 is a crosssectional view o n line b fof Fig. It.

Referring in detail to the drawings, the instep-supporti or arch prop is preferably made of sheet metal, having the rigid body portion `lrurved lto fit the under surface of the normal arch of the instep and having the side portion composed of tongues 2, separated by slits 3, to provide a yielding support for the side of the arch of the instep, as in my patent referred to. The reinforcing plate 4 instead of being secured to the underside of the metallic plate forming the 'edge straight from end to end, or approximately so. Thev reinforcingplate is so arranged on the body portlon l thatf'its straight edge overlies the inner ends ofthe slits 3, which separate the tongues 2, and.

protects the foot from the irregularities of,

this portion of the plate as well as strength ening the same. At its widest part, 'ata point near the edge opposite the straight edge, the reinforcing-plate is rigidly' secured to the body portion l by a rivet or like fes:

tening device 5. vAt its ends the reinforcing plate is held in position by rivets or like fastening devi-ces 6 6, passing through siots 7 7 in the body lportion l. By means of the fastening devices 5 6 6 the reinforcin plate is'prevented `from turning on the bo y por tion, while at the saine time the ends of 'the reinforcing-plate are permitted a slight movement relative to the ends of thefbod portion. This permits the curve of the arci A of vthe support. to be changed without in- Ijury to the fastening means, .so that stock sizes of the device may` be readil adapted to fit different feet, and adjusted romv time to time as may be desired.

6 is a covering piece of non-metallic niaterial, preferably sole-leather, molded to -shape to fit the upper and inner side surface of the instep-support or arch-prop, having 10 the portion which tits against the tongues 2 skived off or thinned. as shown at T. so as to" be su-iciently flexible to yield outwardly with the tongues. The coveringr piece is also preferably s 'ived ott at its forward end, as

shown at 8. The covering piece is secured to the instep-support or arch-prop by the rivets or other fastening devices G 6 of the top plate 4 at tivo points only, one near the forward end of the body portion 1 and the 20 other near the heel end, the tivo fastening devices being located near the edge of the body portion 1 on the side next the side from which the tongues 2 extend upward, or in other words near the line of junction of the body portion and side portion. By"r this location ofthe fastening devices the coveringpiece is held tirml in position against the metallic plate. T e portion lying against the tonguesQ not being secured to the tongues,

the resiliency ofthe tongues is not inter- .,fered with and at the same time the covering piece protects the foot. of the wearer` Ifrom injury from the edges' of the tongues. he body portion of the covering-piece is of greater area than the body portion 1 of the instep-support or arch-prop, extending beyond the edge of the body portion l on the side opposite the tongues 2 and also extend.- ing beyond the front and heel'ends. The

v4'0 projectin port'ons may be readil trimmed .i tions of the v |15 orward movement by the heads of the rivets g and t 45 being necessary 0 'on theside from w t to the foot of the wearer, and the po- V:11:10u secured by trimming the projecting cover will be secured against 6 6 which will form-an indentation or socket 'in the solev of the shoe. The coveringiece "being secured to the support or rop on y on 'a line near'the ed e' of the bf y portion 1 0 ich the tongues 2 extend, its opposite edge and bod' portion is free is free edge will a interior of the shoe and form a more'comi5. cemented `or `otherwise secured to tlie sup:

fortable support for the foot than if it were evice'is to in width and shape, it

` e persontting the support tothe 3. In

lfoot to ad]i1st the positionof the support to UI a ce ain extent longitudinally and laterally,

. .an to place it in the proper position with apt itself to the;v

Vpoit or prop throughout its surface. This arrangement also permits free accessI tothe plate with tools for the purpose ol' adJusting it.

The edges of the .reinforcing plate t arc preferably shivered orielianifered oil, so that the upper surface of the metallic portion of the device is comparatively .free from ridges. 'l`lie covering-piece being of comparatirel)Y thick material "serves to protect the foot ol' the wearer from such ridges as may exist. notwithstanding such Sltiving or. chainfering.

l'laving thus described. my invention, what I claim and desire to secure by Letters latent, is

1. lu an instep-si'ipport or arch-prop the plate, the reinforcing plate and' the covering piece at points near the edge of the body portion on the side from which the tongues extend upward; substantially as described.

2. In combination with a metallic instepsupport or arch-prop having its body por-- tion curved to fit the undersurface of the normal arch of the instep and having its side portion curved to fit the side surface of the normal arch of the instep and consisting of a series of resilient tongues separated by slits, of a non-metallic covering-piece molded to fit the upper surface of the support or prop, and .secured thereto at points near the edge of the body portion on-the side from which the tongues extend upward, the portion of the covering-piece lying against the resilient tongues being free; substantially as described. Y 1

instep-support or arch-prop, the combination of'a metallic plate having its body portion curved to fit the under surface of the normal arch of the instep, and having its side portion curved to fit the side surface r of the normal arch of the instep, of a. nonmetallic covering-piece molded to fit the upper surface of the metallic plate, and a remforcing-plate rigidly secured near its middle to the metallic plate, and fastening means extending through the covering piece, the metallic plate and the reinforcinglate at points near the line of junction of] the 'body portion and side portion of the metallic plate, the metallic plate being pro-- vided withA slots to receivev the fastening means; substantially as described. v

4. In combination with a metallic support A EL* o1' arch prop having its body portion curved f to fit the under surface of the. normal arch of the instep, and havin its side portion curved to fit the side sur .ace of the normal. arch of the instep, of a non-metallic covering piece molded to fit the upper surface of the support or rolp, and secured thereto at points near e ine' of junction of the body portion and side portion, the portions of the covering-piece lying against' the body or-l tion and againstthe side portion being ree, and a, plate of smaller area'between the nietallic support and the non-metallic covering i piece secured thereto at the same point at which the cover and the metalliosup ort are connected ;k substantially as describec.

5. In combination with a metallic instepsupport or-arch-pro havin its body portion ourved to fit the un er sur ace of the normal arch of theinstep, andhavng its side portion curved to it'the side surface of the normal arch of the instep, of a non-inetallic i covering piece molded to lit the upper snrface of the support or prop, and secured thereto atponts'near the line of junction of the body portion and side portion, the

`portion of the covering piece lying against lthe body portion and against the side portion being free, and a reinforcing plate of smaller area than said body portion of4 the- FRANK, F. CUMMINGS, G. 1-Iraniano.'l

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