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June 12, 1962
W. J. FITZPATRICK
3,038,184
SHOE TREE HAVING LONGITUDINALLY ADJUSTABLE PARTS
INCLUDING CONE SECTIONS ALINED BY THE SHOES
Filed Aug. 15, 1957
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United States Patent
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Patented June 12, 1962
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3,038,184
SHOE TREE HAVING LONGITUDINALLY AD
JUSTABLE PARTS INCLUDING CONE SEC
TIONS ALINED BY THE SHOES
with one part extending vertically and the other part ex
tending approximately in parallel with the axes of the
element 12.
William J. Fitzpatrick, South Weymouth, Mass, assignor 5 -_ ‘From the foregoing, it will be apparent that shoe trees
and the connecting elements therefor are Well adapted to
to George E. Belcher Company, Stoughton, Mass., a
corporation
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Filed Aug. 15, 1957, Ser. No. 678,372
4 Claims. (Cl. 12—117.4)
meet the indicated objectives without affecting production
costs.
What I therefore claim and desire to secure by Letters
10 Patent is:
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This invention relates to shoes trees and to members
for interconnecting the fore and heel parts thereof.
The type of shoe tree that may be adjusted to ?t a range
1. A shoe tree comprising fore and heel parts Whose
proximate upper portions outline the vamp supporting
cone when their proximate faces are in a ?rst position
of shoe sizes has obvious advantages. A preferred type
relative to each other, and means connecting said parts,
of such trees has its fore and heel parts mutually engaged, 15 said means including an element threaded into one part
in its shortened position, along a transverse plane inclined
through its face and provided with a head having a slot,
through the cone or vamp supporting area. One disad
said other part having a vertical slot in its face into which
vantageous feature of this type of tree, particularly ob
said head extends, and a pin carried by said slotted part
jectionable in display use, is that, in extended positions,
extending transversely through the slot thereof and the slot
a visible ridge in the vamp of the shoe is developed by 20 of the head, said head-slot and said pin dimensioned rela
outlines one end of the shoe tree parts.
The principal objective of the invention is to provide a
shoe tree of the preferred type in which objectionable
tive to each other to enable said parts to be swung and
moved vertically relative to each other to bring the upper
edges of said portions into cone outlining relation regard
ridging is avoided.
less of the extent to which the length of said shoe tree has
In accordance with the invention, that objective is at 25 been varied by the turning of said element relative to the
tained by providing a shoe tree having fore and heel parts
part in which it is threaded.
whose proximate upper portions outline the Ivamp sup
2. A shoe tree comprising fore and heel parts whose
porting cone when their proximate faces are in predeter
proximate upper portions establish the vamp supporting
mined position relative to each other, and means connect
cone when their proximate faces are approximately in
ing said parts. The connecting means is an element 30 mutual contact, and means connecting said parts, said
threaded into one part through its face and provided with
means including an element threaded into one part
a head having a slot entrant of a vertical slot in the proxi
through its face and provided with a head having a slot,
mate face of the other part. A pin carried by the slotted
said other part having a vertical slot in its face into
tree part extends transversely through the slot thereof and
which said head extends, and a pin carried by said slotted
the slot of the head and the head slot and the pin are 35 part extending transversely through the slot thereof and
so dimensioned as to enable the shoe tree parts to be
the slot of the head, said head slot ‘and said pin dimen
swung and moved vertically relative to each other to bring
sioned relative to each other to enable said par-ts to be
the upper edges of the cone de?ning portions into position
swung and moved vertically relative to each other to
to support the vamp without forming visible ridges therein
bring the upper edges of said portions into cone outlining
regardless of the extent to which the length of said shoe 40 relation, thereby to avoid ridging the vamp regardless of
tree has been varied by the turning of the connecting ele
the extent to which the length of said shoe tree has been
ment relative to the part in which it is threaded.
lengthened by the turning of said element relative to
In the accompanying drawings, there is shown an illus
the part in which it is threaded.
trative embodiment of the invention from which these
3. A shoe tree comprising fore and heel parts whose
and other of its objectives, novel features, and advantages 45 proximate upper portions outline the vamp supporting
will be readily apparent.
cone when their proximate faces are in a proximate posi
In the drawings:
tion relative to each other, and means connecting said
FIG. 1 is a top plan view of a shoe tree in accordance
parts, said means including an element threaded into one
with the invention;
part through its face and provided with a head having a
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FIG. 2 is a partly sectioned side view thereof; and
slot, said other part having a vertical slot in its face into
FIG. 3 is a similar view illustrating another embodi
which said head extends, and a pin carried by said slotted
ment of the invention.
part extending transversely through the slot thereof and
In accordance with the invention, a shoe tree has a fore
the slot of the head, said head slot freely receiving said pin
part -5 and a heel part 6 having complemental proximate
and being of substantial length and vertically disposed
faces 7 and 8, respectively, dividing the shoe tree through 55 in said head receiving slot to enable said parts to be swung
its cone or vamp supporting zone 9, see FIG. 2.
and moved vertically relative to each other to bring the
The face 8 of the fore part 5 has a vertical slot 10
upper edges of said portions into cone outlining relation
formed therein to receive the head 11 of the element 12
regardless of the extent to which the length of said shoe
threaded into the heel part 6 through the face 7 thereof.
tree has been varied by the turning of said element rela
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A pin 13, carried by the fore part5 and extending through
tive to the part in which it is threaded.
the slot 10, also passes through an aperture in the head
4. A shoe tree comprising fore and heel parts whose
11. This aperture is dimensioned to enable the parts to
proximate upper portions outline the vamp supporting
swing and to move vertically relative to one another as
cone when their proximate faces are in proximate position
the length of the shoe tree is increased by the turning of
relative
to each other, and means connecting said parts,
the element 12 relative to the heel part ‘6. This adjust 65 said means including an element threaded into one part
ment, effected as the shoe is treed, as for display purposes,
through its face and provided with a head having a slot,
carries the portions of the shoe tree parts that outline the
said other part having a vertical slot in its face into which
vamp supporting cone to be positioned automatically by
said head extends, and a pin carried by said slotted part
the shoe so as to avoid vamp ridging.
extending transversely through the slot thereof and the
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As shown in FIG. 2, the head apertures may be in the
slot of the head, the said head slot freely receiving said
form of a vertical slot 14 or, as shown in FIG. 3, the
pin and being L-shaped to enable said parts to be swung
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and moved vertically relative to each other to bring the
upper edges of ‘said portions into cone outlining relation
regardless of the extent to which the length of said shoe
tree has been varied by the turning of said element rela
tive .to the part in which it is threaded;
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Kling ________________ __ Aug. 1, 1933
Fitzpatrick ____________ __ July 8, 1947
Vining _______________ __ Aug. 8, 1950
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Germany _____________ __ July 17, 1933
FOREIGN PATENTS
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McEwan _____________ __ Feb. 24, 1931
Way ________________ __ Dec. 12, 1950
Atkinson _____________ __ Jan. 13, 1953
Geiger _' _____________ __ June 25, 1957
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