John P. Allen's 1865 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

Description
John P. Allen from Richmond, Indiana received a U.S. patent for improvements in a school desk. Patent no. 46980 was issued on March 28, 1865.
This desk is attached onto the back of the seat and there are metal dividers between the seats to separate the desks. The design makes the desk sturdy so that it can stand without being fastened to the floor. The backrest and seat join for lower back support, but there are no curves in the design. Decorative ironwork assists in connecting multiple desks. "Allen inventor, Richmond, Indiana" is written on a silver plate that is mounted on the backrest. There is storage provided underneath the desktop, but the top does not lift up.
John P. Allen formed a partnership with George H. Grant to manufacture Allen’s self-supporting school desks. When Allen died in 1868, Joseph Marchant became a partner. Marchant was succeeded by Joshua Nickerson and William Wooten and the firm became known as the George H. Grant & Company.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1865
patent date
1865-03-28
patentee
Allen, John P.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Allen, John P.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Indiana, Richmond
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in; 13.97 cm x 21.59 cm x 26.67 cm
ID Number
CL*65.0358
accession number
249602
catalog number
65.0358
patent number
46,980
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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