John H. French's 1871 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

Description
John H. French from Burlington, Vermont received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 115839 was issued on June 13, 1871.
This model features a folding desk lid and seat making it easy for the students to move around. The lid encloses the book box keeping out dust. "John H. French, Albany NY" is written in black ink on the backrest of the bench. It is made up of dark wood but with a brass metal frame.
We are not aware of any additional information about the inventor/patentee.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1871
patent date
1871-06-13
patentee
French, John H.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
French, John H.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Vermont, Burlington
marked on object with inventor's name
United States: New York, Albany
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12 1/4 in x 9 in x 5 in; 31.115 cm x 22.86 cm x 12.7 cm
seat: 12 1/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 31.115 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
CL*65.0379
accession number
249602
catalog number
65.0379
patent number
115,839
subject
Patent Models
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Home and Community Life: Education
Cultures & Communities
American History Education Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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