John Mott's 1881 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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Description
John M. Mott from Chicago, Illinois, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 245087 was issued on August 2, 1881.
This model is made of tubular wrought iron or angle iron. It has a folding seat and folding desktop. The wood slats are pushed together to create horizontal grooves in the chair. The chair alternates between light and dark wood that is polished. It has metal legs that flare out with feet. The desk connects to the back of the backrest of the chair. There are a silver plated logo, keyhole, and an inkwell impression on the desk. There is a small gap in between the seat and backrest.
We are not aware of any additional information about the inventor/patentee.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1881
patent date
1881-08-02
patentee
Mott, John M.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Mott, John M.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10 in x 7 in x 8 in; 25.4 cm x 17.78 cm x 20.32 cm
seat: 8 1/4 in x 4 1/8 in x 1/4 in; 20.955 cm x 10.4775 cm x .635 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0412
catalog number
65.0412
accession number
249602
patent number
245,087
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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