Dec.a 4 1923. 1,476,348 T. W. MILLER SHOE LACING Filed 0G12. 17. 1922 desire Patented Dec. 4, 1923.
THOMAS W. MILLER, OF ASHLAND, OHIO, ASSIGNOB TO THE FAULTLESS RUBBER COM- PATENTy orrlca.
PANY, OF ASHLAND, OHIO, A CORPORATION OF OHIO,
VApplication led October 17, 1922. Serial No. 595,160.
To all whom t may concern.'
Be it known that I, THOMAS W. MILLER, a citizen of the United States, residing at Ashland, county of Ashland, State of Ohio, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Shoe Lacings, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to shoe lacings, and has for its object to provide an improved article of this character as hereinafter more definitely will be pointed out and claimed, reference bein had to the accompanying drawing, in w ich Figure l is a perspective view of one form of my improved lacing, shown in packet form. v
Figure 2 is a detail longitudinal sectional view of one end of said lacing.
Figure 3 is a transverse sectional view of the same.
Figure 4 is a perspective view of a slightly modified construction of lacing.
Figure 5 is a fragmentary plan view of said modified construction.
Figures 6 and 7 are views similar to Figure 2 of the modified construction shown in Figure 4, taken at right angles to each other.
Figure 8 is a transverse sectional view of said modified construction. l
Similar numerals of reference denote 'corresponding parts in'the several views.
In the said drawing, referring more particularly to Figures 1, 2 and 3, it will be seen that my improved lacing 1 embodies a central core 2 of some flexible inelastic material, such as a fabric cord, the same being enclosed by a covering 3 of rubber, said covering forming an unbroken casing for said core. In manufacturin m limproved article a continuous lengt of1 core is coated with rubber in a tubing machine, in a manner similar lto that in which rubber insulated copper wire is made, and after leavin said machine, the lacingsare cut the length, their ends then vtapered 'to points by a rolling process or by dies, and the articles then vulcanized to the',desired degree. Or, if desired, the tapermg may take lace before the cutting into lengths, i. e., t e rubber may be ta red down to the thickness oli the embed ed thread, after which the cutting 'to' desired length will require only the cutting of the fabric cord.
In Figures 4 to 8 I have shown a slightly flattened faces, the same serving to prevent the lacing from slipping and untying when in use, as readily will be understood. In said modified construction, the reference numeral 7 denotes the rubber covering, and
8 a pluralityof fabric cords, the saine being shown as three in number, laid side by side betterto obtain the flattened configuration.
My im roved article can be manufactured to be sol at a. comparatively low price, and will give more than ordinary service. A further advantage is that it'can be made in any color desired, and if it should become soiled in use, all dirt and discoloration can be removed with little effort by the means of a damp cloth, this advantage being of particular importance in connection with white or lother light colored shoe laces. Furthermore, when a shoe is tightly laced there -will be suflicient cushioning effect in my lacing to permitof some elasticity, thus adding to the comfort of the wearer. A shoe lacing having a rubber covering made of one piece with the ends rolled or formed to points obviously will possess an advantage over a lacing with attached ends, in that there will be no possible danger'of the ends becoming detached, as is common with lacings now in A use. Still another advantage is found in the fact that the rubber covering efiectually will prevent any shrinkage of the lacing when used in wet weather. v
Having thus fully described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is :-l
; 1. A' shoe lacin embodying a flexible, inelastic core, an a. covering of rubber extending the entire length of said core and tapered at its ends. l
2. A shoe lacing, embodying a flexible inelastic core, and a coverin of rubber extending the entire length-o said core, the covering at the ends of the lacing being shaped to points.
3. A shoe lacing, embodyin a' flexible inelastic core, and a covering o rubber extending the entire length of said core, said covering bein y throughout its ength and formed with ribs disposed at an angle to its length. L
4. A shoe lacing, embodying a flexible flattened substantially inelastic core, and a covering of rubber extending the entire length of said core, and rolled or formed to points at its ends, said covering being flattened substantially throughout its length and formed with ribs disposed at an angle to its length.
`5. The method of forming shoe lacings,
which consists in applying to a flexible inelastic core a coverino o rubber extending the entire length of t e same, then cutting 10 the same into lengths suitable for lacings, then tapering the ends of said lengths, and finally suitably vulcanizing said lengths.
In testimony whereof I hereunto aiix my signature.
THOMAS W., MILLER.