George Elsey's 1878 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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Description
William Erwin and Thomas Dugdale from Richmond, Indiana, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 100275 was issued by Dugdale and Erwin on March 1, 1870.
This desk is made of wood, with brass legs and metal hinges. It has a flat backrest and seat. The seat and backrest do not join. The desktop lifts up and has storage underneath. The seat folds up as well. The specifications state the desk should be made out of ash or walnut lumber and should be put together with wooden screws. The metal parts should be made of cast iron, except for the screws, which they stated should be made of wrought iron. There is a plate on the backrest, but the writing is not legible. Erwin's name is on the backrest. There is a wooden foundation, and the entire base is made of either brass or metal.
We are not aware of any additional information about William Erwin.
Thomas Dugdale holds patents for numerous inventions.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1870
patent date
1870-03-01
inventor
Erwin, William P.
Dugdale, Thomas A.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Indiana, Richmond
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 6 3/4 in x 7 1/2 in x 1 in; 17.145 cm x 19.05 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0372
catalog number
65.0372
accession number
249602
patent number
100,275
subject
Education
Patent Models
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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