David G. Venable's 1873 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

Description
David G. Venable from Christiansburg, Kentucky received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 137263 was issued on March 25, 1873.
This desk is made of wood, with the exception of metal nails or screws. The folding seat is attached to the front of the desk. The desk is rectangular with a slight overhang and is divided horizontally. The upper portion is further divided vertically into a pair of hinged lids with a well beneath. The desk lids are beveled to reduce noise. With the lidded book boxes beyond the actual desk the students can to get to the desk without changing their position in the seat.
David G. Venable and his brother, William T. Venable, obtained numerous patents from school desks to washing machines.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1873
patent date
1873-03-25
patentee
Venable, David G.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Venable, David G.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Kentucky, Shelby
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
pine (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 4 1/4 in x 6 in x 3 1/4 in; 10.795 cm x 15.24 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
CL*65.0389
accession number
249602
catalog number
65.0389
patent number
137,263
subject
Patent Models
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Home and Community Life: Education
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American History Education Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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