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Dec. 17, 1946.
Filed June 7, 1945
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Patented Dec. 17, 1946
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Walter- P. Herlihy, Haverhill, Mass.
Application June 7, 1945, Serial No. 598,130 7
2 Claims.
This invention pertains to footwear and more
especially to a combined counter and shank piece
for shoes.
In order to preserve the initial lasted shape
and to provide proper support for the foot, it
is customary to stiffen the heel portion of the
upper by means of a counter, usually interposed
between the lining and outer element of the
upper, and to provide a stiff shank piece extend
ing from the heel end of the shoe forwardly sub
stantially to the ball portion. Sometimes a so
called tuck piece of stiff material, conforming
to the shape of the rear part of the insole, is ar
ranged in registry with the rear part of the in
sole. Usual practice is to premould the counter
prior to lasting, at the same time providing the
counter with its lower marginal ?ange which, in
the completed shoe, underlies the insole and
(or. 36—68)
by reference to the accompanying‘drawing where
Fig. 1 is a side elevation of the improved com
bined counter and shank piece;
Fig. 2 is a horizontal section on the line 2--2
of Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 is a front elevation of the device show
in Fig. 1; and
Fig. 4 is a plan View, to smaller scale, illustrat
ing a blank useful in making the improved coun
ter counter and shank piece.
Referring to the drawing, the numeral l desig
nates a blank suitable for use in making the
improved counter and shank piece of the present
invention. This blank is made of sheet material
of any kind suitable for the intended use and
such as is customarily employed in making shoe
counters. This material should be still’, and
through which the heel lasting tacks pass so as
shape-retaining under normal conditions, but
to anchor the counter securely to the insole. 20 capable of being moulded in a counter moulding
The shank piece is usually separate from the
press after having been made plastic or mould
counter and must be held in place by additional
able by appropriate treatment.
tacks. Unless care be exercised in properly as
As illustrated, this blank is symmetrical with
sembling and lasting the shoe, the forward end
, respect to its vertical axis (the terms “vertical”
portions of the counter may become spread ab 25 and “horizontal” being here employed merely for
normally, thus causing the upper to bulge at the
convenience in description but without any re
shank so that the shoe does not snugly embrace
striction as to the manner in which the device
the foot nor have the neat trim appearance de
will be employed) and as shown comprises the
sired. Moreover, two separate operations are re
oppositely directed wing portions 2 and 3 which
quired in assembling the counter and shank piece 30 are of like contour and dimensions. Each of these
with the other parts.
Wing portions has a lower, substantially straight
A principal object of the present invention is
edge 5. These edges, as here illustrated, diverge
to provide a combined counter and shank piece
slightly upwardly from the horizontal, for ex
so designed that the spreading of the forward
ample at an angle of approximately 3°. The
ends of the counter is substantially prevented. M U! wings 2 and 3 have substantially straight end
A further object is to provide a combined shank
edges 6 perpendicular to the edges 5, and the
piece and counter which may be assembled with
lower part of the central portion 4 of the blank
the other parts in a single operation, and which
is provided with a central triangular notch ‘l and
does not necessitate the employment of tacks
triangular notches 18“ disposed at opposite sides
(other than the lasting tacks) for holding the 40 of the notch 1 so as to provide the downwardly
parts in place. A further object is to provide
directed triangular tabs 8 disposed symmetrically
a combined counter and shank piece so designed
with respect to the vertical axis of the blank,
as to perform the additional function of the tuck
the notches '!a providing inclined inner edges ‘Ib
piece sometimes employed, the counter and shank
for the wings 2 and 3. The central portion 4 of
piece merging with parts which collectively ex as u the blank has a curved upper edge of substan
tend completely across the rear portion of the
tially semi-elliptical contour, the major axis of
shoe from one side margin of the counter to the
the ellipse being horizontal, and preferably the
other, thus providing a level surface for the heel.
margin of this curved edge‘ is beveled asindicated
A further object is to provide a combined counter
at 9. This curved edge terminates at the points
and shank piece which may be made cheaply
l0, and the wings 2 and 3 have upper convex edge
and inexpensively and by the employment of the
portions l I and substantially straight upper edge
same moulding dies which are used for moulding
portions lla which extend outwardly and inter
the counter only. Other and further objects and
sect the end edges 6.
advantages of the invention will be pointed out
Having provided this blank, it is subjected to
in the following more detailed description and
the customary treatment employed in‘preparing
a blank for counter moulding. Its central por- .
tion 4 is placed between counter moulding dies
and moulded to form the counter portion 4a.
This moulding operation also causes the wing
members 2 and 3 to be disposed in edge to edge
relation in the same plane with the edges 5 abut
ting, and also causes the triangular tabs 8 to lie
in the same plane as the wing portions 2 and 3,
the tabs “8 completely ?lling the space between
1. A combined counter and shank piece com- ,
prising a unitary piece of still sheet material a
part of which constitutes a moulded counter, a
pair of like, shank-forming parts integrally
joined to the lower portion of the counter at op
posite sides respectively of the latter and ar
ranged in the same plane edge to edge, said
straight, rearwardly divergent rear edges, the
the inclined rear edges l2 of the wings 2 and 3. 10 counter having a pair of triangular tabs inte
grally joined to its lower margin, and which ?ll
The wings 2 and 3 are now permanently united,
the space between the divergent rear edges of
for example by staples I3 so that they cannot‘ >
the wing-forming parts, said tabs and the shank
spread apart. Since the forward ends of the
forming parts all being disposed substantially in
counter lla are integrally joined to the wing por-‘ .
tions 2 and 3, and since the wing portions are 15 the same plane, and fastener means permanently
uniting the shank-forming parts.
thus held permanently against separation, all
2. A blank for use in making a combined shoe
danger that the forward portions of the counter
counter and shank piece, said blank comprising
will spread during assembly lasting or during use
a unitary piece of stiff mouldable sheet material,
is eliminated. Moreover, the integral connec
tion of the rear portions of the wings 2 and 3 20 said blank being symmetrical with respect to
with the counter provides a ?rm and solid sup
port for the heel extending completely across
the rear part of the shoe, and thus has substan
tially the same e?ect as the introduction of a
a vertical axis and‘comprising a central portion
whose upper edge is curved‘ to a substantially
semielliptical contour, with the major axis of
the ellipse horizontal, the lower edge of said
tuck piece, but without necessitating the provi 25 central portion beingprovided with notches de
sion of a separate part or the operation of put
ting it in place.
While one desirable embodiment of the inven
tion has been illustrated by way of example, it
?ning a pair of triangular tabs, and shank-form
ing wings extending in opposite directions from
said central part, said shank-forming wings hav
ing substantially straight lower edges diverging
is to be understood that the invention is broadly 30 upwardly at an angle of approximately 3° from
inclusive of any and all modi?cations falling
the horizontal and substantially straight inclined
within the scope of the appended claims.
I claim:
inner edges which converge upwardly.
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