Josiah Delph and William A. Bradford's 1876 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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Description
Josiah Delph and William A. Bradford from Goshen, Indiana received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 179472 was issued on July 4, 1876.
This model consists of a chair in front and the attached desk behind it. The desk folds up and down with metal hinges, and it can be locked and unlocked. The compressed slats are maple-colored wood and create horizontal grooves in the seat. The iron legs have feet with small holes for attaching to a base. The desk top, the supports and legs are of decoratively cut metal. The original patent tags are attached to the desk. One tag is pasted to a newspaper clipping illustrating the machinery of the desk top.
Josiah Delph and William A. Bradford worked for L.H. Nobel & Sons, a leading manufacturer of school furniture.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1876
patent date
1876-07-04
bequest
Hoffman, John
patentee
Delph, Josiah
Bradford, William A.
inventor
Delph, Josiah
Bradford, William A.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Indiana, Goshen
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10 1/4 in x 9 3/8 in x 10 3/4 in; 26.035 cm x 23.8125 cm x 27.305 cm
seat: 9 1/2 in x 3 3/4 in; 24.13 cm x 9.525 cm
desk: 8 in x 3 3/4 in; 20.32 cm x 9.525 cm
ID Number
1983.0508.02
accession number
1983.0508
catalog number
1983.0508.02
patent number
179,472
Credit Line
Bequest of John R. Hoffman
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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