Charles Perley's 1859 School and Church Seat Patent Model

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Charles Perley from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received a U.S. patent for an improved school seat. Patent no. 24151 was issued on May 24, 1859.
The patent is a combination of wood and metal, with a very wide bench. It is mechanically able to fold up from the bottom seat. There are no curves or slopes that mold to the body and no armrests. They were designed to be used on the perimeter of the room when the rest of the school room, church, or other building is full. The folding seat was important for moving, as well as making the rooms easier to clean. There are two marks: "C. Perely and Sons/ 114 Columbia St, NY/ 1858," inscribed with a stamp on top of the base and on the seat back. The base is incorrrectly stamped with the name mispelled. The patent paper signature clearly spells "Perley."
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Perley, Charles
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Perley, Charles
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United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 10 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in x 8 1/8 in; 27.305 cm x 13.97 cm x 20.6375 cm
seat: 10 3/4 in x 7 1/4 in x 5 1/2 in; 27.305 cm x 18.415 cm x 13.97 cm
base: 10 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in x 1/2 in; 27.305 cm x 13.97 cm x 1.27 cm
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National Museum of American History


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