Milan C. Stebbin and Edwin J. Piper's 1873 School Desk Patent Model

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Description
Milan C. Stebbins and Edwin J. Piper from Springfield, Massachusetts, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 137732 was issued on April 8, 1873.
This model features a wooden slatted seat that is secured onto a pedestal. The combination of slats, hinges, flanges, and processions is new. The backrest is curved and connects to the seat, which gives lower back support. The ends of the slats are connected to a metal frame that outlines the entire seat. The stem is screwed into a wooden base. The seat is not adjustable and does not fold.
Milan Cyrus Stebbins was born in Granby, Massachusetts, in 1828. He was a teacher, school principal and pastor. He died in 1889 in Cornwall, Vermont.
Edwin J. Piper was born in 1849. He was an inventor and the manufacturer of the Springfield ruling machine. He died in 1933 at his home in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1873
patent date
1873-04-08
patentee
Stebbins, Milan C.
Piper, Edwin J.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Stebbins, Milan C.
Piper, Edwin J.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Massachusetts, Springfield
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 4 3/4 in x 4 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in; 12.065 cm x 11.43 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
CL.249602.579
catalog number
249602.579
accession number
249602
patent number
137,732
subject
Education
Patent Models
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American History Education Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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