John Glendenning's 1880 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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John Glendenning from Norwich, England, received a British patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 224171 was issued on February 3, 1880.
This model is made of wood and metal and is painted a bluish gray color. His patent connects the desk and chair together at the bottom by a metal pole base. The desk is welded in front of the chair. The chair curves, gives back and seat support, and is narrow to fit only one person. The desktop can be lifted or folded. It had a metal monobloc desk stem and chair stem that connect on the ground. The seat is curved; however there is no lower back support. A metal rod connects the seat and rest. The desk faces the chair and has two boards that fold to create a longer desktop at the decline. There is a crevice for pencils and inkwell.
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Glendenning, John
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Glendenning, John
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United Kingdom: England, Norwich
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wood (overall material)
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overall: 11 in x 10 in x 7 in; 27.94 cm x 25.4 cm x 17.78 cm
desk: 6 3/4 in x 3 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 17.145 cm x 8.255 cm x 8.89 cm
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