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Патент USA US2113295

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Patented Apr. 5, 1938
Walter G. Downing, Vancouver, British Columbia,
Application November 14, 1935, Serial No. 49,788
2 Claims.
(Cl. 12-128.1)
This invention relates to shoe trees of the type
employing wooden heel and toe portions operated
by toggle links.
Shoe trees of the foregoing type have been
found to be especially well adapted to preserving
the shoe last and thereby add appreciable com
fort to the user of the shoe. However, various
disadvantages have heretofore been inherent in
such types of trees by virtue of improper adjust
ment and alignment of its component parts.
It is one object of my invention to provide an
adapted to engage the rear face I4 of the tongue
portion 3, the nut thereby being most convenient
for accessibility and manipulation while the tree
is positioned in the shoe. A pin I5 driven into
the wood and through an opening in sleeve I2 @l
holds the latter.
My improved tree as above described permits
automatic angular and axial alignment of the toe
and heel portion as well as adjustment for length,
merely by loosening nut I3 and rotating the heel 10
and toe portions relative to each other and then
improved tree of the type above mentioned . inserting the' tree within the shoe and expanding
whereby its eiîective length may be conveniently the same by pressing handle 'I down. Nut I3 may
adjusted and maintained as well as effectively
then be ñrmly screwed against surface I4 so as
maintaining the heel and toe portions in proper
to maintain not only the proper length adjust
ment but also the proper angular and axial align
ment of members I and 2 whereby it will be im
possible with any reasonable usage to have heel
angular and axial alignment. A further object
is to accomplish the foregoing features by im
proved means which is simple in construction,
operation and maintenance without in any Way
20 encumbering or restricting the flexibility of the
tree or causing annoyance to the user when ap
plying the tree to a shoe.
Other objects and advantages will be more ap
parent to those skilled in the art from the follow
25 ing description of the accompanying drawing in
Fig. l is a perspective of a tree embodying my
Figs. 2 and 3 are respectively transverse and
30 longitudinal sectional views through the toe por
tion of the tree.
In the particular embodiment of the invention
which is disclosed herein merely for the purpose
of illustrating one specific form among possible
3 Ul
others that the invention might take in practice,
I have shown in Fig. 1 wooden heel and toe por
tions I and 2 respectively, shaped so as to sub
stantially conform to the shoe last and provided
with a raised instep element 3. The toe portion
*0 is preferably hollowed as indicated at 4 in Figs.
2 and 3. A pair of toggle links 5 and 6 are piv
otally connected together and one of the same
is turned upwardly and curved to provide a ñnger
loop 1. Link 6 is received within a suitable recess
8 tapered inwardly to a point adjacent a trans
verse pivot pin 9. This groove permits the heel
to be appreciably tilted to facilitate insertion of
the tree in the shoe.
Links 5 are pivotally connected as at I II to a
bolt I l which as shown in Fig. 3 has threaded en
gagement with a sleeve I2 suitably imbedded and
secured in the instep portion 3. A simple wing
nut I3 made preferably of plain ñat material
55 bent up at its ends is threaded on bolt II and
portion I assume an undesirable angle in the
shoe which if suchk should occur would cause
probable injury to the shoe. The position of the
nut andthe character thereof will conveniently
and expeditiously permit such fastening operation
to be performed, and this will be accomplished
with the parts in most accurate relation as to 25
angularly, axial alignment and length. These
will thereafter remain constant, regardless of the
frequency with which the tree may be removed
or inserted.
From the foregoing disclosure it is seen that
I have provided an extremely simple and yet
highly effective tree for insuring maximum bene
ñcial use with minimum effort or thought on the
part of the user, consistent ‘with the assumption 35
of reasonable intelligence on the part of a user
of a tree of this type which is especially adapted
for shoes of high quality and style.
It will of course be understood that various
changes in details of construction and arrange
ment of parts may be made by those skilled in the
art without departing from the spirit of the in
vention as set forth in the appended claims.
I claim:
1. A shoe tree having wooden heel and toe por 45
tions, toggle links for moving said portions to
and from each other, one of said links extending
upwardly and being curved around to provide a
iinger hold, means for pivotally connecting said
linkage to said heel portion, a bolt adjustably 50
threadedly connected in said toe portion and hav
ing pivotal connection with said linkage, and a
nut on said bolt interposed between said pivotal
connection thereof and said toe portion for en
gagement with the latter to maintain said bolt in 55
ñxed relation to said toe portion and thereby pre
tapered slot, a bolt adjustably threadedly cori--
vent rotation of the linkage and heel portion
around the bolt axis.
2. A shoe tree having Wooden heel and toe por
nected to said toe portion and having pivotal con
nection with said linkage, and a nut on said bolt
tions, linkage for moving said portions to and
from each other, means for pivotally connecting
said linkage to said heel portion including a Verti
cally extending slot in the heel portion tapered
inwardly from a forward face of the heel With
10 the pivot located near the deepest portion of said
of and said toe portion for engagement with the
latter to maintain said bolt in fixed relation to
interposed between said pivotal connection there
said toe portion and thereby prevent rotation of
the linkage and heel portion around the bolt
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