William Kline and John Upham's 1876 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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John Upham and William Kline from Easton, Ohio, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk and seat. Patent no. 127940 was issued on June 11, 1872.
This desk has a wooden seat and legs with a cast iron frame and a curved, slatted backrest and seat. The seat folds up and the desk behind folds up. The desktop slides down behind the backrest. The desktop does not lift open, and it has no storage but folds compactly.
John Upham was born in Easton, Ohio, in 1834. He worked as a carpenter and filed numerous patents. He died in 1911.
William H. Kline was born in Easton, Ohio, in 1824. He worked as a wagon maker and filed numerous patents. He died in 1901.
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Kline, William H.
Upham, John
Tuttle, Sterling D.
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United States: Ohio, Eaton
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 9 3/4 in x 12 1/2 in x 10 in; 24.765 cm x 31.75 cm x 25.4 cm
desk: 9 3/4 in x 4 3/4 in x 1/2 in; 24.765 cm x 12.065 cm x 1.27 cm
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Patent Models
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National Museum of American History


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