David Francis's 1874 School Seat Patent Model

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Description
David Francis from Birckenhead, Chester, England, received a British patent for an improved desk and seat. Patent no. 155231 was issued on September 22, 1874.
This model is a combination of black cast iron and wood. The cast iron has circular designs, while the seat and backrest are flat and create a 90-degree angle with no curves for body comfort. The desktop reads, "Lift the top to unlock it - Francis's patent." There is no lower back seat support because there is a gap between the backrest and seat. The seat itself has no curves for body comfort or support. There are also black tacks bolted from the wooden seat onto an iron-based support system. The backrest folds up towards the desktop.
We are not aware of any additional information about the inventor/patentee.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1874
patent date
1874-09-22
patentee
Francis, David
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Francis, David
referenced in patent specifications
United Kingdom: England, Wirral, Birkenhead
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in x 8 in; 31.75 cm x 29.21 cm x 20.32 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0345
catalog number
65.0345
accession number
249602
patent number
155,231
subject
Education
Patent Models
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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