Dec. 17, 1946. w. P. HERLIHY , "2,412,773 COMBINED SHOE COUNTER AND SHANK PIECE Filed June 7, 1945 ~ :9: Wald’erjl?errév' _ 9% @M ‘Q Patented Dec. 17, 1946 2,412,773 r ' UNITED STATES . PATENT’ ‘OFFICE COMBINED SHOE COUNTER AND SHANKPIECE Walter- P. Herlihy, Haverhill, Mass. Application June 7, 1945, Serial No. 598,130 7 2 Claims. 1 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) 2 by reference to the accompanying‘drawing where in ' 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 2,412,773 3 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 shank-forming parts having substantially 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. WALTER P. HERLIHY.