John Long and Eugene Convers's 1871 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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Description
John Long and Eugene Converse from Oswego, New York, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 117090 was issued on July 18, 1871.
This patent features an adjustable tabletop. The desk sits on two shafts that feature groves. The desk can be raised and lowered as it locks into place with the groves. The model is made of unpolished dark wood and brass. The backrest and seat do not join so there is no lower back support. The attached desk folds down and the horseshoe-shaped brass legs are attached to the bottom of the seat. A silver plate on the desk has "John Long and Eugene Converse, Inventors" engraved on it.
In 1874, John Long was recorded as working with furniture, presumably as a carpenter or manufacturer.
In 1866, Eugene Converse was registered as a gunsmith, locksmith, and ornamental fence ironworker.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1871
patent date
1871-07-18
patentee
Long
Converse
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Long, John
Convers, Eugene
referenced in patent specifications
United States: New York, Oswego
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 6 1/2 in x 10 in x 3 in; 16.51 cm x 25.4 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0381
catalog number
65.0381
accession number
249602
patent number
117,090
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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