A. J. Hull's 1870 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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Description
A. J. Hull from Sterling, Illinois, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 99440 was issued on February 1, 1870.
This model is made of wood and cast iron. It improves the school desk in its use and combination of washers and projections. "A.J. Hull- Sterling, Ill" is painted on the backrest. The seat is closely slatted and folds straight down. The backrest is flat and therefore offers no lower back support. The desk is attached and the lid does not lift up; however, there is storage underneath the desktop. There are metal hinges on the seat. The legs flare out, and it sits on a metal base.
Aaron J. Hull was born in 1833. With F.T. June, he ran Novelty Iron Works, which later became Sterling School Furniture Company. A prolific inventor, Hull moved from desks to pumps in the late 1870s.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1870
patent date
1870-02-01
patentee
Hull, A. J.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Hull, A. J.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Illinois, Sterling
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 1/2 in x 10 1/4 in x 8 1/2 in; 19.05 cm x 26.035 cm x 21.59 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0373
catalog number
65.0373
accession number
249602
patent number
99,440
subject
Education
Patent Models
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Home and Community Life: Education
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American History Education Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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