Joe V. Meigs's 1874 Desk and Seat Patent Model

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Description
Joe V. Meigs from Lowell, Massachusetts received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 151898 was issued on June 9, 1874.
This model is made of wood and cast iron. The desks are attached at the back and the seats face one another. They are mounted on a wooden platform. The patent stressed comfort and claimed the desk would, “avoid fatigue and distortion of the body.” His model is rather decorative with a diamond design, made up of metal bars that cross each other. The tops are made out of wood or iron but if iron is used he encouraged the metal to be japanned, enameled, or marbleized, adding further decoration. The desk is designed to be very practical and the whole desk comes apart to be easily transported. There are two black seats curved and connected by cast iron. The two seats are facing one another and placed on a wooden base.
Joe V. Meigs was born in 1840. He became a patent lawyer, but his mechanical skills also allowed him to become a prolific inventor. After inventing a breech-loading firearm, he was hired by the U.S. Cartridge Company, where he served as chief inventor. He died in 1907.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1874
patent date
1874-06-09
associated date
1872
patentee
Meigs, Joe V.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Meigs, Joe V.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Massachusetts, Lowell
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 3/4 in x 7 1/4 in x 3 1/4 in; 9.525 cm x 18.415 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
CL.249602.593
catalog number
249602.593
accession number
249602
patent number
151,898
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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