Fernando Dibble's 1867 School Seat Patent Model

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Description
Aaron W. Hempleman from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 177835 was issued on May 23, 1876.
This model has metal legs and feet and a desk that consists of both light and dark wooden slats. The metal sides feature a design, adding visual interest to the desk. The desk is attached to the backrest, and although the seat and backrest are curved, there is no lower back support. There is a storage shelf underneath the desktop that remains stationary. There is an extra bracket attached to the side of the desk.
Aaron W. Hempleman joined the firm originated by John P. Allen and George H. Grant. In 1876 he and Grant formed Grant & Hempleman to manufacture church and school furniture.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1867
patent date
1867-07-23
inventor
Dibble, Fernando J.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
metal (frame; arms; plaque; connecting hardware material)
wood (seat; seat back; base material)
Measurements
overall: 8 1/4 in x 7 in x 2 3/4 in; 20.955 cm x 17.78 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
DL.65.0496
catalog number
65.0496
patent number
67,107
accession number
249602
subject
Patent Models
Education
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Cultures & Communities
American History Education Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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