Charles J. Higgins's 1876 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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Description
Charles J. Higgins from Marion, Indiana received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 180233 was issued on July 25, 1876.
This model features an improved arrangement of the brackets and an improved method for securing the brackets to the desk. These brackets require fewer screws while using less desk space to attach the seats together. The desk has a shelf inside for storing materials. The oak seat is attached behind it, and both are curved. The backrest slats are compressed to create horizontal grooves in the chair, and each slat alternates between a light and dark wood. Its wooden legs are attached to a base.
Charles J. Higgins founded Higgins Bent Wood School Furniture Co.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1876
patent date
1876-07-25
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
patentee
Higgins, Charles J.
inventor
Higgins, Charles J.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Indiana, Indianapolis
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10 1/2 in x 8 in x 10 1/2 in; 26.67 cm x 20.32 cm x 26.67 cm
seat: 4 1/2 in x 7 1/4 in x 1/4 in; 11.43 cm x 18.415 cm x .635 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0400
catalog number
65.0400
accession number
249602
patent number
180,233
subject
Education
Patent Models
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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