Benjamin Allen's 1875 Seat Patent Model

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Description
Benjamin Allen from Trenton, New Jersey, received a U.S. patent for a school seat. Patent no. 163622 was issued on May 25, 1875.
This model features a wooden seat on the side with a hinge and lever that lift the seat. The model is painted a dull green color. By adding a spring for constant friction, the seats could be raised and lowered without dropping, creating less noise. In addition to school desks, the invention was applicable to folding seats in other venues.
We are not aware of any additional information about the inventor/patentee.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1875
patent date
1875-05-25
associated date
1881
patentee
Allen, Benjamin
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Allen, Benjamin
referenced in patent specifications
United States: New Jersey, Trenton
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 19.685 cm x 13.97 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
CL.249602.591
catalog number
249602.591
accession number
249602
patent number
163,622
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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