James Russell's 1871 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

Description
James Russell from Plymouth, Indiana received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 117467 was issued on July 25, 1871.
This model has two separate seats that fold up, with a backrest connected like a bench.There are two attached desks behind the back rest that both have lids that can lift up. The wooden bench seat and desk are made of a dark wood with metal hinges. The desktop is divided to make a pair. The bench on the desk front is split in the same manner as the desktop. There is storage underneath both desks for books. The seats fold up individually, though the back rest is connected like a bench. The model includes original patent tags.
James Russell was born in 1821 and became a carpenter in Plymouth, Indiana.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
model
desk model
date made
1871
patent date
1871-07-25
bequest
Hoffman, John
patentee
Russell, James
inventor
Russell, James
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8 1/4 in x 11 1/2 in x 8 1/4 in; 20.955 cm x 29.21 cm x 20.955 cm
associated place
United States: Indiana, Plymouth
ID Number
1983.0508.07
accession number
1983.0508
catalog number
1983.0508.07
patent number
117,467
subject
Education
Patent Models
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American History Education Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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