1838 Faber's Patent Model of a Hand Card

Hand Card Patent Model
Patent No. 863, issued August 1, 1838
George Faber of Canton, Ohio
Faber’s patent related to the construction of the common hand card used for carding cotton or wool prior to the spinning process. He specifically patented using wood veneer, instead of leather, for the foundation that contained the card’s wire teeth. The wood was cut from 1/8 to 3/16 of an inch in thickness, 4 inches in width, and 4 to 8 inches in length. The wood was then steeped in water to soften it so that when placed in a card-making machine, it could be pricked and the teeth inserted. The veneer was nailed to another piece of wood and a handle inserted to form the hand card.
Although Faber did not claim credit for inventing the card-making machine, in his patent specification he did mention that he had made improvements on it.
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model constructed
before 1838-08-01
patent date
Faber, George
Place Made
United States: Rhode Island, Smithfield
associated place
United States: Ohio, Canton
Physical Description
wood (frame material)
wire (overall material)
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
patent number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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