George Munger's 1866 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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Description
George Munger from East River, Connecticut received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk and seat. Patent no. 57824 was issued on September 4, 1866.
This desk is constructed with dovetails or tongue and grooves to facilitate shipping. The design could be broken down, packed in a small area, and easily built without skilled labor. There are four cross pieces that form the back of the seat and only one screw and two nail heads that show. The desktop does not move and the seat does not fold. There are four slats across the backrest. It is mounted on a platform.
George Munger was born on November 27, 1827. He partnered in many successful manufacturing businesses. In 1877 he built a factory in East River, Connecticut for manufacturing a line of school supplies, including desks and furniture. He originated the dovetail method of putting iron and wood together. Munger died on April 7, 1903.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1866
patent date
1866-09-04
patentee
Munger, George
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Munger, George
referenced in patent specifications
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 1/2 in x 4 7/8 in; 13.97 cm x 12.3825 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0359
catalog number
65.0359
accession number
249602
patent number
57,824
subject
Education
Patent Models
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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