George Grant's 1869 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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Description
George Grant from Richmond, Indiana, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 88563 was issued on April 6, 1869.
This desk features an innovation in folding. The leaf of the school desk can be pulled out slightly raised and withdrawn from the desk and then brought down to fold. A place for the ink well, pens, pencils, and books is included in the design. It is made out of oak-colored wood. The wooden bench and legs flare out.
George H. Grant and John Allen formed a partnership to manufacture school desks. After Allen’s death, the firm became George H. Grant & Company. In 1876 Grant formed a partnership with A. W. Hempleman to manufacture school and church furniture.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1869
associated date; patent date
1869-04-06
inventor
Grant, George H.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Indiana, Richmond
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 4 in x 10 in x 8 in; 10.16 cm x 25.4 cm x 20.32 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0423
catalog number
65.0423
accession number
249602
patent number
88,563
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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