James Blair's 1867 School Desk Patent Model

Description
James Blair from New Haven, Connecticut received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 63839 was issued on April 16, 1867.
This desk is made of polished wood and metal hinges. The desk tilts towards the chair and its sides are made with slabs of wood instead of constructed legs. The patent features a reversible desktop that would switch easily between a traditional wood desktop and a slate blackboard. "James Blair, New Haven CT" is painted on the bottom of the desk.
We are not aware of any additional information about the inventor/patentee.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
model
desk model
date made
1867
patent date
1867-04-16
patentee
Blair, James E.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Blair, James E.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 3/4 in x 8 in x 4 3/4 in; 19.685 cm x 20.32 cm x 12.065 cm
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Connecticut, New Haven
ID Number
CL*65.0361
accession number
249602
catalog number
65.0361
patent number
63,839
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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