Rutledge T. Hoffman's School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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Description
Rutledge T. Hoffman from Eaton, Ohio, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 215620 was issued on May 20, 1879.
This heavy, wooden model features metal connecting to the seat of the chair, which also folds up so it is more compact. The seat is curved, but the backrest is flat. The desk is attached to the back of the backrest and folds inward for space. When the desk is unfolded, there are two small pieces of wood under the desktop that slide and move to prop the desk up.
We are not aware of any additional information about the inventor/patentee.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1879
associated date
1879-05-20
patentee
Hoffman, Rutledge T.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Hoffman, Rutledge T.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Ohio, Eaton
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
iron (overall material)
metal (overall material)
oak (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11 in x 11 1/2 in x 16 in; 27.94 cm x 29.21 cm x 40.64 cm
seat: 10 1/2 in x 6 in x 3/4 in; 26.67 cm x 15.24 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0408
catalog number
65.0408
accession number
249602
patent number
215,620
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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