John F. Piehl's 1870 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

Description
John Piehl from Richmond, Indiana received a U.S. patent for an improved combination desk and seat. Patent no. 106403 was issued on August 16,1870.
This patent featured a school desk and seat that had a clam-hinge, holding the desk more firmly in place. This design created a longer lasting hinge. There are four cross members that form the folding seat. It has a swiveling book compartment, decorative brass supports, and is mounted on a wooden platform. The plate on the backrest is ripped off. There is storage underneath the desk, but the top does not lift up.
We are not aware of any additional information about the inventor/patentee.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1870
patent date
1870-08-16
patentee
Piehl, John F.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Piehl, John F.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Indiana, Richmond
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8 in x 10 1/4 in x 7 in; 20.32 cm x 26.035 cm x 17.78 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0376
catalog number
65.0376
accession number
249602
patent number
106,403
subject
Education
Patent Models
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Home and Community Life: Education
Cultures & Communities
American History Education Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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