George W. Hildreth's 1868 School Desk Patent Model

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Description
George W. Hildreth from Niagara, New York received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 74688 was issued on February 18, 1868.
This desk is made of wood with metal hinges and the legs and feet are cast iron. There is pen or pencil writing on the desktop, but it is not legible. The desktop can be folded to reveal storage. The cast iron has a Gothic architectural design.
George W. Hildreth was born in 1805. He trained as a machinist and builder. In 1833 he established Hildreth & Co. in Lockport, New York to manufacture school and opera furniture.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1868
associated date
1867
patent date
1868-02-18
patentee
Hildreth, George W.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Hildreth, George W.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: New York, Lockport
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8 in x 6 in x 4 1/2 in; 20.32 cm x 15.24 cm x 11.43 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0366
catalog number
65.0366
accession number
249602
patent number
74,688
subject
Education
Patent Models
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Home and Community Life: Education
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American History Education Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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