US 1583274 A
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' 'W. F. BOSTOCK SHOE UPPER WITH ORNAMENTAL INLAYS Filed Deo. 23, 1924 dii J'.
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I vUNITED STATES WILLIAM :F.IBOSTOCK, 0F SOUTH BRAINTREE, MASSACHUSETTS.
SHOE 'UPPER WITH ORNAMENTAL INLAYS.
Application med December 23, 1924. Serial No. 757,629.
To all @kom 'it may conc-em:
Be it known that I, WILLIAM F. Bos'rook,
a citizen of the United States, residing at South Braintree,in the county of Norfolk and State of Massachusetts, have invented new and u'seful Improvements in Shoe Uppers with Ornamental Inlays, of which' the following is a specification.' v
The object of the present invention is to ornament shoe uppers over more or less extensive areas of their surface by means of inlays having a contrasting color eiiect to that ofthe upper leather. A further part of my vobject is to secure such inlays beyond any reasonable possibility of their falling out of place, and at the same time to cause their outer surfaces to be-substantially flush with the outer surface of the,
er. The following specification describes, and the drawing shows,jvarious embodiments of means'coming within the scope of my preS- ent vinvention for accomplishing the above named objects and others related thereto. Thel invention consists in these meansand in all equivalents thereof.
' In the drawings:
Figure 1 is aside view of a shoe having an upper with ornamental inlays embodying this invention;
Fig. 2 is a `similar view of a part ofV a shoe having a specifically different form of ornamentation containing the saine invention; A
Fig. 3 is a fragmentar cross section on an enlarged scale of a s oe upper having an ornamental inlay made according to this invention, the particular section being taken on-line 3--3 of Fig. 1;
Figs. 4, 5, 6, and 7 are viewssimilarto Figure 3 showing various means for secur' ing the ornamental inlay in the upper;
Figs. 8, 9, and 10 'are perspective views of pieces of ornamental material adapted. to
ybe set into cutout openings' in the upper leather to furnish the desired ornamentation. l
Fig. l1 is a sectional view showing the several securing means, Iillustrated in Figures 3, 4, 5 and 6 applied to an inlay carrying a jewel' as shown in Figure 7.
Like reference characters designate the same parts wherever they occur in all the figures. f 0
In Figure 1 the 'character a designates the shoe upper as awhole. b is a. strap or binding which is stitched to the outside 1of the vamp, c is another strap which is secured at its ends to, the counter portion of the upper and crosses the instep of the wearers foot, being divided if desired and provided with a button or other fastening means. For the purposes of this invention the binding b and stra care considered as art of the upper. T e upper as a whole, inc uding the speciall parts above mentioned, is made with an outer ply and a lining. The outer ply being in the art, almost universally made of leather, is called the upper leather, and will be so called in this speci-4 fication, although in using the term leather in this connection I have not intended to exclude from thepscope of my protection unusual shoes in whichthe outer ply of the upper may be of some other material than leather. .Thatf is, in this description I use the term upper leather' as a generic term meaning the outer ply of the upper, or of any part' of the upper in which the orna-` mentation of this invention is located. The lining of the upper iscommonly of either leather or fabric, and sometimes partly of llather and partly of fabric'in. the same s oe.
lYlien outer straps, bindin s', caps, etc.. such as the bindings or stra s in Figure 1, and the edge inding of shown in Figure 2, are applied to the upper, said straps, etc. form the outer ply and the upper leather itself forms the underply; or the strap may have a lining ofits own. The point I now make is that in all-,ofthe constructions of shoe upper to'which my present invention is applied, the structure of the upper comprises Aan outer'and an inner ply and c shown or breadth, of which the outer ply may be the upper leather itself or a piece placed over the upper leather nin some part, and the inner :ply may bethe lining of somepart of the upper or the upper leather itselfunder an overlying piece. i
The ornamentation of the upper made acl eording to this invention consists of ornamental pieces e, f, g, and the like set into openings cut out from the outer ply and backed up by the inner lily; such outer and inner plies being the parts 'identified in the foregoing definitionsQI preferably use forthe'inserted or inlaid ornamentations, piecesl fof Celluloid having outlines conforming asy closely as is conveniently -practicable 'to the outlines of the cutout areas in which they.
are placed, and having approximately the same thickness as the outer ply in which they are set; whereby they substantially fill the cutout places.I Celluloid is preferred as the material for these inlays beca-use itcani be made in all colors, and with manypleasing ornamental effects besides those of plain color, alone, can be furnished in sheets of any thickness, land can be easily worked. However, I do not hmit the scope of my protection to celluloid alone as the ornamental material. Other materials capable of giving equivalent ornamental effects, and of being secured in any of the modes hereinafter described, may be employed in place of celluloid. I
'My reason for preferring to make the mla s of such form and dimensions that they will substantially fill the cutout places prepared for theirreception, is to avoid leaving cracks and hollows in which shoe dressing, dust, and other foreign matter may collect, and to cover .the raw edge of the leather.
7,This also gives va more iinished and ornamental appearance.
The i lay 1s supported in ,its position by the underply of the upper and 1s there retained by a variety of means. That shown at e in Figs. 1, 3, and 8, is secured at its back directly to the under ply by adhesive. If the inlay is of celluloid, the adhesive used may be of celluloid cement or liquid celluloid; which is essentially a solution of nitro cellulose in a volatile solvent. Such cement will coalesce with the solid celluloid inlay and f will adhere to the backing composed of the upper leather or lining.
In case a more secure attachment is desired than that obtained by cementing the inlay di ectly to the backing'` ply, such additional security may be obtained by placing a thin sheet or strip h of the samematerial between the two plies, as shown in Flgs. 2
and 4. This sheet or strip is wider than the is the same. The differences between these two embodiments further s how'that the'inventive idea may be adapted to a multitude of different` designs' and arrangements of or-v namentation at Ydifferent lparts ofthe shoe I upper. w
' asI Another means ofv securing the inlay is illlfustrated in Figures 5 and 9,(and'consists the solvent cement. The Ystrip may .also be.
in providing the vinlay e with a iiange e2 adaptedto underlie the edges of the opening v in the cutout u per ply, and if desired to be penetrated an through the two plies around vsuch opening.
-This form of inlay'may also be cemented to 4 the under ply, or to another intermediate secured by the stitches sheet of the s ame material like that shown y at h in Figs. 2 and 4.
Still another means. for securing the inlay is shown irl-.connection with the inlay f represented in Figures 1 and 10; such inlay having projectionspor lugs f at suitable points on its periphery that occupy indentations on the border of the cutout space in the outer y which hold down the'edges of the cutout I space. This inlay may also be cemented to the under ply.
AAn additional securing means is shown in Fig. 6, consisting of an-eye k projecting from the back of the inlayr through the inner ply and engaged with a fastener Z,'whioh frequently used to hold shoe buttons. This mechanical fastener may Lbe used in connection with any or all of the previously described securing means; and all `of said means may be used with the same inlay.
Fig. 7 illustrates the utilizing of the inlay as a jewelv setting, the inlay e3 there shown having an embedded stone 7), typifying any sort of stonev or other-ornamental object which -may be secured in the inlay as in a jewel setting. The means for'thus mounting a stone or similar 'ornament is an' .may be of the same sort as the fasteners 'Y added feature capable of use withany of.
.the forms and designs of inlay herein described, however the inlay ma be itself secured to the shoe, upper. igure 11A illustrates such a jeweled inlay provided with a flange such. as those shown -in Fi res 4 and 5, and secured byV means of a hesive, stitches, and a mechanical fastener.
The ornamental inlays according to this they'are entirely surrounded by the outer' ply, but may be used whlere they are only partly surrounded. Thus, in Fig. 1, I have shown vthe llower edge ofy the strap b as pinked or scalloped, and a stri like the strip It of Fig. 4 1s placed under t is pinkedl edge and secured by the stitching, whileinlayA pieces r corresponding to e and g are fitted to the recesses of the edge and secured to` such strip; in any of'thle ways hereinbefore described or indicated ,in/ this specification.
In namlng specifically one, sort of adhesive which I may use to hold the inlays in place, thisl being'the type of adhesive especially adapted to celluloid inlays, I llave not intended |to limit my protection to that particular class of adhesives inl cases where theA lnl'ays are made of otherA materigl than a0l 1y and are bridged across by thel stitches invention are not limitedto situations where celluloid. In such cases I may use any adhesive suitable to the material employed for the inlay, or I may use mechanical fasteners alone.
What I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. A. s-hoe upper having an opening formed therein, and an ornamental inlay secured to the upper with a portion within and conforming closel to t'he `outline of said opening, said inlay being of moldable4 material of sutlcient rigidity to retain its shape independently of the upper.
2. A shoe upper comprising inner and outer layers or plies, the outer layer having an opening formed therein, and an ornamental inlay secured to the inner ply with a portion protruding into and closely conformingto the outline of the opening in the outer ply, said inlay being of moldable material of suicient rigidity to retain its shape independently of the upper. v
3. A shoe lupper constructed with-inner and outer plies, the -outer ply having an opening, an inlay contained in said opening, stitches uniting the plies together along' the borders of said opening, and a flange of less' thickness than said inlay projecting outward from the edges adjacent to the underface l of the inlay between the plies and across said stitches.
4. A shoe.- upper comprising inner and outer plies, the outer ply having an opening, a piece of a contrasting color etfect to the upper seated in saidl opening, and a sheet of the same material as said inlay, of wider dimensions than said opening, confined between the plies back of the opening and inlay, the linlay being united to said sheet.
5. The combination with a shoe upper of an ornamental inlay applied to the exp sed side of said upper, and having an inwardly projecting member on its inner face, and a `mechanical -fast-ener inside the upper secured to said projecting member of the inlay.
l 6. The combination with a shoe upper of an ornamental inlay applied to the outer side of the upper, said inlay having an eye passing through the upper, and aV mechani cal fastener at the inner side of the upper connected-to said eye.-
7.- A shoe upper having superposed plies, the outerone of which is cut out, an ornamental inlay substantially filling the cutout area of said outer ply, said inlay being v adherently secured to the outer face of the WILLIAM F; BosTocK.