William F. Spencer's 1876 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

Description
William F. Spencer from Richmond, Indiana received a U.S. patent for an improved combined school desk. Patent no. 176701 was issued on April 25, 1876.
This model is made of wood with metal hinges and feet. The design featured a construction to make uniting the desks easier. A pivotal bolt having wedge-shaped wings or ribs made this construction viable.
There is a bench-like seat which folds up, but there is no lower back support. There is a desk behind the backrest that has a shelf for storage.
William F. Spencer was born in 1833. He joined the firm originated by John P. Allen and George H. Grant. It later became Haynes, Spencer & Company and was destroyed in a fire in 1892. Later that year he founded the Richmond School Furniture Company.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1876
patent date
1876-04-25
patentee
Spencer, William F.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Spencer, William F.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Indiana, Richmond
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 3/4 in x 11 in x 10 1/4 in; 19.685 cm x 27.94 cm x 26.035 cm
desk: 5 1/2 in x 10 1/4 in; 13.97 cm x 26.035 cm
seat: 7 in x 4 in; 17.78 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
CL*65.0397
accession number
249602
catalog number
65.0397
patent number
176,701
subject
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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