R. W. Curtis's 1878 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

Description
Rowland K. Curtis from Wabash, Indiana received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 202934 was issued on April 30, 1878.
This patent was designed to simplify the construction of school desks and increase their strength. The front legs of the desk follow the direction of the grain of the wood. Brackets support the seat and brace the legs at their junction. The legs are made of a single piece of wood, creating the necessary support. The desk is made out of glossed oak with cast iron hinges. The seat is slatted and folds to the backrest. There are iron supporters under the seat, and the feet are made of iron. There is a lid that lifts up to reveal a storage area.
Rowland K. Curtis was born in 1829. He worked at various building trades. In 1874 he was appointed superintendent of the Wabash School Furniture Company.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1878
patent date
1878-04-30
patentee
Curtis, Rowland K.
transfer
U.S. Patent Office
inventor
Curtis, Rowland K.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Indiana, Wabash
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
oak (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10 1/4 in x 9 1/2 in x 10 in; 26.035 cm x 24.13 cm x 25.4 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0406
catalog number
65.0406
accession number
249602
patent number
202,934
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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