1838 Howarth and Jones's Patent Model of a Cotton Flyer

Spindle and Flyer Patent Model
Patent No. 1,043, issued December 28, 1838
John Howarth and Nathan F. Jones
Howarth’s and Jones’s patent covered certain improvements on flyers and spindles attached to machinery (such as throstles or spinning frames) where a twisting apparatus was needed. The improvements were useful for roving and spinning cotton or other fibers.
They experienced some delay in obtaining a patent and hired R. H. Eddy of Boston, a patent attorney, to represent them. Their original claims were abridged and condensed. In the last letter (December 1, 1836) from Eddy to Commissioner of Patents Henry Ellsworth, Eddy returned the amended specification without any other essential changes in it and said “. . . leaving it to your discretion to reject or admit the claim. . . . But I supposed that the arrangement and combination of these different parts with each other might show sufficient novelty to constitute and claim to a patent.” Presumably with Eddy’s help, Howarth and Jones were able to receive their patent.
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model constructed
before 1838-12-28
patent date
Howarth, John
Jones, Nathan F.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
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National Museum of American History


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