Frederick Everhart McKinley's 1882 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

Description
Frederick Everhart McKinley from Wellington, Kansas, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 263558 was issued on August 29, 1882.
This model has a singular bench seat with wooden hinges that come from underneath two front legs. The desk is attached to a backrest that has two slots underneath. The design promised better support and strength than previously made desks. The desk could swing downward, and the seat would be able to swing up. The desk is made up of unpolished slats of light colored wood.
Frederick Everhart McKinley was a carpenter born in 1850. We are not aware of any additional information about the inventor/patentee.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1882
patent date
1882-08-29
inventor
McKinley, Frederick E.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Kansas, Wellington
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 1/2 in x 3 1/4 in x 6 in; 13.97 cm x 8.255 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0414
accession number
249602
catalog number
65.0414
patent number
263,558
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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