John Mealey's 1868 School Seat Desk Patent Model

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Description
John Mealey from St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 83521 was issued on October 27, 1868.
This model has a folding desktop, making this design popular in schools as well as lecture rooms and halls. The simple construction was durable and accommodating, whether it was being used as a seat, table, or desk. "John Mealey" is written in a golden colored paint on the backrest. The bench is made of a dark, flat wood. There are two shelves underneath the seat that have crevices for an inkwell. The legs and armrest are made out of metal. No part of the desk is compactable or folding.
We are not aware of any additional information about the inventor/patentee.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1868
patent date
1868-10-27
patentee
Mealey, John
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Mealey, John
referenced in patent specifications
United States: California, Fairville
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8 in x 11 in x 7 in; 20.32 cm x 27.94 cm x 17.78 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0369
catalog number
65.0369
accession number
249602
patent number
83,521
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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