Frank G. Johnson's 1881 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

Description
Frank G. Johnson from Brooklyn, New York received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 248043 was issued on October 11, 1881.
This model features a foldable desk and seat. The desk can be placed in five different positions, including an easel or book rest. The chair is curved for body support and possible comfort. The backrest and seat do not meet, showing a small gap. The seat folds up to create more space. Metal legs are set on a wooden foundation. It has metal hinges and detailed iron Gothic sculpting.
We are not aware of any additional information about the inventor/patentee.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1881
patent date
1881-10-11
patentee
Johnson, Frank G.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Johnson, Frank G.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: New York, Brooklyn
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
iron (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8 1/4 in x 4 1/4 in x 1/4 in; 20.955 cm x 10.795 cm x .635 cm
seat: 8 in x 11 in x 10 1/4 in; 20.32 cm x 27.94 cm x 26.035 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0413
accession number
249602
catalog number
65.0413
patent number
248,043
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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