Museum of Science and History: Curious World of Patents

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MOSH's exhibit on historical patent models will be on display for one more week. In this article we take a look at a few of the items in the exhibit.

Improvement in Boots and Shoes -- Patented November 16, 1875
by William B. Rice, Quincy, Mass.

“My present invention consists in giving an upper-edge finish to a toe-tip or projection struck up one and the same piece with any sole outside the upper, and without reducing the strength or body of the sole; and also consists in so constructing the shoe that the upper edge finish of such toe tip or protector shall form an uninterrupted or continuous portion of the upper edge or Scotch-edge finish of the sole is carried over the top of the tip thus adding to the strength and stylish appearance of the shoe.

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