James Smith's 1869 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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Description
James Smith from Richmond, Indiana received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 100334 was issued on March 1, 1869.
This desk features a wooden bench with a flat backrest and seat. The seat folds up with the use of wooden hinges. The desk is attached to the back and does not lift up. There is a storage shelf underneath the desktop. There are no legs, but instead a pew-like support system. There is a silver plaque, tarnished, on the desktop that reads, "Improved School Desk, James Smith, Richmond Ind."
Ezra Smith, Asa Smith, and James Smith owned Ezra Smith & Co. where they manufactured various types of school furniture.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1869
patent date
1870-03-01
associated date
1876
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
patentee
Smith, James
inventor
Smith, James
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Indiana, Richmond
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 3/4 in x 6 1/2 in x 5 1/4 in; 19.685 cm x 16.51 cm x 13.335 cm
ID Number
CL.249602.586
catalog number
249602.586
accession number
249602
patent number
100,334
subject
Education
Patent Models
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Home and Community Life: Education
Cultures & Communities
American History Education Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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