David I. Stagg's 1876 School Desk Patent Model

Description
David I. Stagg from New York City received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 177583 was issued on May 16, 1876.
This model is made completely of unpolished wood. Most of the wood is dark, but the wood that connects the chair to the hinges is a lighter colored wood. The desk can fold in different ways, making it compact. The desk is set on a wooden foundation and can be pivoted vertically or folded at the front of the desk, leaving a chair or a bench with no backrest. The innovative arms, pins, and shoulders are used to pivot the desktop.
David I. Stagg was born in 1817. For fifty years he served as an apprentice and journeyman in the New York school system. In his last post he served as Superintendent of School Buildings, overseeing school construction. He died in 1886.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1876
patent date
1876-05-16
patentee
Stagg, David I.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Stagg, David I.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 1/2 in x 8 3/4 in x 7 in; 19.05 cm x 22.225 cm x 17.78 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0398
accession number
249602
catalog number
65.0398
patent number
177,583
subject
Patent Models
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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