Albert E. Robert's 1873 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

Description
Albert E. Roberts from Des Moines, Iowa received a U.S. patent for an improved school bench and desk. Patent no. 138045 was issued on April 22, 1873.
The bench seat is made of wooden slats pushed together in order to create more curved support. The legs are on a hinge, which means the back is able to fold up. This desk can be easily taken apart for packing and shipping. The designed model regulates the friction of the joints, allowing the desk to be noiseless.
Albert E. Roberts was born in 1842 and became a manufacturer of school furniture. He lived in Des Moines, Iowa in 1870.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1873
patent date
1873-04-22
patentee
Roberts, Albert E.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Roberts, Albert E.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Iowa, Des Moines
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 9 1/4 in x 7 1/4 in; 23.495 cm x 18.415 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0342
catalog number
65.0342
accession number
249602
patent number
138,045
183045
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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