March 27, 1951 ABEL 2,546,622
DETACHABLE SPUR FOR ROLLER SKATES Filed Jan. 23, 1950 INVENTOR. Jack Hel BY 6% M Patented Mar. 27, 1951 2,546,622 DETACHABLE' SPUR FOR ROLLER SKATES Jack Abel, Flushing, N. Y., assignor to D. P. Harris "Haw; & Mfg. 00., Inc., New York, N. Y., a corporation f Application January 23, 1950, Serial No. 139,973
This invention relates to roller skates in general, and to play skates for youngsters in particular.
It is an object of the present invention to provide for the detachable mounting of simulated spurs on conventional roller skates so as to enable youngsters to style their roller skates for the occasion of playing outdoor games involving horseback riding, such as playing cowboy, for instance.
It is another object of the present invention to provide for detachability of the simulated spurs from conventional roller skates sothat the spurs may be removed and the roller skates used in their conventional form.
It is another object of the present invention to render roller skates generally more attractive to youngsters. by providing roller skates with a spectacular display of spurs and thereby associate roller skating with horeback riding in the minds of youngsters and suggest to them new kinds of entertaining activity with their skates.
The above and other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will be more fully understood from the following description considered in connection with the accompanying illustrative drawings.
In the drawings:
Fig. 1 is a fragmentary side elevation of a roller skate embodying the present invention;
Fig. 2 is a fragmentary top plan view of the same roller skate; and
Fig. 3 is a section taken on the line 33 of Fig. 2.
Referring to the drawings, and more particularly to Figs. 1 and 2 thereof, the reference numeral l designates a roller skate having the usual foot and heel plates l2 and [4, respectively, which, are customarily telescoping to permit lengthening or shortening of .the skate. The plates and I4 may, in accordance with conventiorial practice, be locked in their lengthwise adjusted relative position by a screw I5 which is accessible from below. The plates l2 and M are provided with conventional supports l8 and 20 for front and rear pairs of rotary rollers 22 and 24, respectively. The foot plate l2 of the skate may, for its attachment to the sole of the wearers shoe, be provided with the usual adjustable clamping jaws (not shown). The heel rest 16, which is customarily provided on the heel plate I 4, may be apertured on opposite sides, as at 30, for the passage therethrough of a leather or other strap 32 having a conventional buckle 34 for releasably closing the strap on the wearers 1 Claim. (01. 2s0 11.37)
ankle and thereby securing the heel rest l6 and heel plate I4 of the skate to the wearers foot. The heel rest It, which is customarily curved in approximation of the wearers heel (Fig. 2), usually extends only around the end of the heel plate l4, and the remaining opposite margins 34 and 36 of the latter plate are preferably left exposed on the skate for a purpose hereinafter described. The roller skate described herein may in all respects be conventional.
The roller skate I0 is, in accordance with the present invention, provided with the spectacular display of a simulated horseback rider's spur 40, which comprises a mounting fork 42 and a spur point 44. The spur point 44 is, in the present instance, a star-like wheel of the kind usually employed in rowel spurs, and may conveniently be rotatably mounted at 46 in rearward extensions 48 and 59 of the prongs 52 and 54-, respectively, of the spur fork 42. The prongs 52 and 54 of the spur fork 42, which may conveniently be joined by a rivet 56, are preferably made of spring steel or a similar resilient material so that they may engage the heel rest 16 of the skate with a yielding force when straddling the same in the mounted fashion shown in Figs. 1 and 2.
For detachably mounting the spur on the roller skate, the opposite ends and 62 of the prongs 52 and 54, respectively, of the spur fork 42 are, in the present instance, formed into channel shape (Fig. 3) so as to be snappable over the adjacent margins 34 and 3B, respectively, of the heel plate M of the skate. Thus, in order to apply the spur 40 to the skate I 0, it is merely necessary to force the spur fork 42 over the heel rest l6 until the channel-shaped ends 60 and 62 of the former are in position to be snapped over the adjacent margins 34 and 36, respectively, of the heel plate I4. Removal of the spur 40 from the roller skate is even simpler, requiring mere forceful retraction of the spur rearwardly away from the skate, as will be readily understood.
While the instant spur 40 is detachably mountable on the roller skate, it is fully within the pur view of the present invention to provide the spur on the skate as a permanent part thereof. Thus, regardless of whether the spur 40 is a permanent part of the roller skate or is detachably mounted thereon, the display of the spur 0n the roller skate is spectacular to most youngsters and, by associatingin their minds roller-skating with horseback riding, suggests to them new kinds of entertaining activity with their skates. Thus, the display of spurs on roller skates does suggest to most youngsters to enlarge upon mere roller-skating by playing such popular games as cowboy, for instance, while on skates. Aside from inducing youngsters to enter into outdoor games which add their thrills to those of rollerskating, the display of spurs on roller skates satisfies to a considerable extent a youngsters natural desire to bear some resemblance tor the character which he or she portrays: in playing. The detachability of the spur 40 has, of course. the advantage of enabling youngsters to mount the spurs for playing games involving horseback riding, and to leave them ofi on other occasions.
While I have shown and. described the preaferred embodiment of my invention, it will be understood that various changes may be made in the present invention without departing fromithe.
underlying idea or principles of the invention 4 rest, said spur comprising a resiliently spreadable mounting fork with opposite channel-shaped endsand a rearwardly projectingspur point substantially centrally of said fork, said channelshaped fork ends being adapted to be snapped over opposite margins, respectively, of the heel plate of a skate for detachably mounting said spur on. the latter in position, thereon in which said fork straddles the heel rest and said point extends rearwardly from the latter to simulate normal wear of said spur on the heel' of the wearer of the skate.
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