William Faus, of Buckhorn, Pa., has taken measures to secure a patent for improvements in the above. These improvements consist in the employment of two sets of clamps, one set of a double wedge or conical shape, lor stretchingthe corners of the leather, when the boot is fixed for crimping, and the other for stretching the entire surface. The operation of crimping is performed by a removable lever, which is likewise an improvement, as by the ordinary plan this lever is stationary, so that the boot, after being partly crimped or shaped, must be taken off and finished by hand. In this improved apparatus the crimping lever is attached to the table by a pin, so that it can be removed after the crimping has been done, and another substituted in its place. The clamps are made to work in slots cut through the above-named lever, by means of set screws, which operate exclusively on their corresponding set of clamps. All, therefore, that is required to be done for crimping the boot is to attach the leather to the clamps and press the lever between a pair of wooden jaws four or five times, moving the screws and clamps outwards as the lever is operated.