` l5, 1946. ' A. F. LEVAGG'I 2,409,573 " SHOE TREE Filed Febplo, 1945 " \\ 2,409,573 Patented Oct. 15, 1,946 UNITED STATES _PATENT ‘oFF-ICE , sHoE TREE Albert F. Levaggi, Brockton, Mass., assignor to Robert Channing Company, East Bridgewater, Mass., a corporation of Massachusetts Application February 10, 1945, Serial No. 577,179 3 Claims. (Cl. 12-128.6) My present invention relates to adjustable shoe trees and particularly to adjustable connections between the fore and rear parts of shoe trees or the like. The general objectives of"Í my invention are to provide a shoe tree, the adjustable connection be tween the fore and rear parts of which is simple in construction, attractive in appearance, and has 2 pivotally mounted in the chamber l2 by the pivot pin I3. ` The chamber I2 is formed to establish a shoulder i4 disposed to bear against the rear end oi the member 1 when the shoe tree is in its oper ative position shown in Fig. 1. The rear end ci the rear part 6 is curved as at l5 for proper contact with the back part of the shoe and the heel part tapers upwardly and forwardly to pro a wide range of adjustments that may be readily vide a manually engageable portion I6 by which established Whether or not the shoe tree is opera 10 the rear part 6 may be pivoted so that it and the tively posítioned in a shoe. connecting means, the element 5 and the member _ Shoe trees in accordance with my invention consist of fore and rear parts interconnected by means comprising a threaded element connected to the rear part, a member connected to the fore i, act as a toggle to extend the shoe tree into its operative position or to shorten the shoe tree so that it may be readily inserted into or Withdravm part slidably receiving the end of the element from a shoe. cned. In the accompanying drawing, I have shown In its preferred form, the member 'l is in the form of a metal tube of generally rectangular The slotting of the shoe tree parts t and 8 has and supporting a nut in a position to be threaded the additional function of providing maximum on the element. When the nut is threaded on the ventilation of the shoe when the shoe tree is oper element, the interconnecting means are assembled atively positioned therein and also of permitting 20 and by its rotation in one direction or the other the fore part to be pivoted relative to the con the shoe tree may be readily extended or short necting means to make the shoe tree compact. an illustrative embodiment of my invention from section. It is wide enough to receive the threaded which its novel features and advantages will be 25 element 5 which is preferably ilattened on at readily apparent. least one side as at Il to be held by the member 'i In the drawing: against rotation relative thereto. It is deep Fig. 1 is a partly sectioned side View of a shoe enough to permit it to be slotted as at i8 to permit tree in accordance with my invention with the 30 the support of a nut 9 of a suiñciently large size device connecting the fore and rear parts being to facilitate its manual rotation. The member l partly broken away, and Fig. 2 is an enlarged section of my connecting device along the lines 2_2 of Fig. 1. is preferably crimped at I9 to confine the threaded element 5. The member l is of sufficient length to extend into the chamber l2 to be engaged by the shoulder 35 threaded element 5 adapted to be connected to M throughout the Wide range of adjustments that In accordance with my invention, I utilize a the rear part 6 and a member l adapted to be connected to the fore part il. ‘ my invention provides and, throughout such ad justments, the nut 9 is located forwardly of the The member 'i slidably receives the threaded portion IB of the rear part 6. This makes it pos element 5 and supports a manually engageable 40 sible to adjust Shoe trees in accordance with my nut 9 in a position to be threaded on the element invention when operatively positioned in a shoe. 5 to interconnect the element 5 and the member 'i The member l serves as a housing and is of the to assemble the shoe tree and to provide means width of the slots in the fore and rear parts and whereby it may be readily extended or shortened its ends are substantially concealed when the shoe as desired. 45 trees are in their operative position. In the preferred embodiment of my invention Shoe trees in accordance with my invention are, shown in the drawing, I have shown the fore part ì accordingly, sturdy in construction, attractive in appearance, easily adjusted, and well adapted to 8 sloted as at i0 through its rear and bottom permit of a Wide range of modifications in struc faces. The front end of the member 1 extends into the slot iii with its iront edge substantially in 50 ture and design both in the shoe trees and in the adjustable connecting means. vertical alinement with the upper edge of the slot What I therefore claim and desire to secure by l0 and is pivotally mounted therein by the pivot Letters Patent is: ` pin Il.` The rear part 6 is slotted to establish a 1. A shoe tree comprising a iore part having a chamber l2 open along the botom and iront faces of the rear part and the threaded element 5 is 55 slot through its rear face, a rear part having a Y 3 2,409,573 slot establishing a chamber opening through its front and bottom faces and establishing a shoulder and connecting means for said fore and rear parts, said connecting means comprising a threaded element pivotally connected at one end to said rear part within said chamber, a member pivotally connected at one end to said forepart . Within said slot, said member slidably supporting the other end of said element and having a slot intersecting the path of said element, and a nut in said slot threaded on said element to permit said device to be extended or shortened to eiîect the desired adjustment of the shoe tree, said rear 4 part and said connecting means constituting a toggle for extending or shortening said shoe tree into operative and inoperative positions, and said shoulder and said member being in engagement when said shoe tree is in an operative position. 2.- The shoe tree of claim 1 in which the member` constitutes a housing, the front end of which is substantially concealed by the fore part. 3. The shoe tree of claim 1 in which the nut is exposed forwardly of the rear part When the shoe tree is in an operative position. ALBERT F. LEVAGGI.