William F. Spencer's 1876 School Desk Hinge Patent Model

Description
William F. Spencer from Richmond, Indiana received a U.S. patent for an improved school seat hinge. Patent model no. 179877 was issued on July 18, 1876.
This is a wooden hinge model and lever that is painted black. A metal screw holds the hinge together. This hinge is an improvement to the pivot bolt from Patent no. 176701, discussed in CL*65.0397. The improvement secured the seat in its desired place. The device had applications for other furniture.
William F. Spencer was born in 1833. He joined the firm originated by John P. Allen and George H. Grant. It later became Haynes, Spencer & Company and was destroyed in a fire in 1892. Later that year he founded the Richmond School Furniture Company.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1876
patent date
1876-07-18
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
patentee
Spencer, William F.
inventor
Spencer, William F.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Indiana, Richmond
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8 in x 7 in x 2 3/4 in; 20.32 cm x 17.78 cm x 6.985 cm
overall: 12 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in; 31.75 cm x 16.51 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0513
accession number
249602
catalog number
65.0513
patent number
179877
197877
subject
Patent Models
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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