William A. Bradford's 1872 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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Description
William A. Bradford from Goshen, Indiana, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 170810 was issued on December 12, 1825.
This model is a combination of thick cast iron and wood. The ironwork features a Gothic design. The seat folds up, but the desk is attached to the back of the backrest and does not lift up. The seat and backrest are curved and joined for lower back support. There are metal hinges and the legs have feet with holes in them to allow the desk to be mounted to the platform. Stops were used below the seat hinges to allow greater control of movement. The stops were a part of another patent filed by Bradford.
We are not aware of any additional information about the inventor/patentee.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1875
patent date
1875-12-07
patentee
Bradford, William A.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Bradford, William A.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Indiana, Goshen
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
iron (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8 3/4 in x 10 in x 9 1/2 in; 22.225 cm x 25.4 cm x 24.13 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0394
catalog number
65.0394
accession number
249602
patent number
170,810
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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