Isaac Whitbeck's 1878 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

Description
Francis Wilbur from Wabash, Indiana received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 140979 was issued on July 15, 1873.
This model is simply crafted of wood and consists of a desktop featuring a sliding bench. The sliding mechanism as well as the pivoted levers used to support the bench were innovations in this patent. The horizontal, sliding platform features a section that can fold up to provide a book rest. The desk’s support is not comprised of legs, but from entire boards of wood on all exterior sides. "F. A. Wilbur" is painted with stencil on the desktop. The patent tag is nailed on.
We are not aware of any additional information about the inventor/patentee.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1873
patent date
1873-07-15
patentee
Wilber, Francis A.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Wilber, Francis A.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Indiana, Wabash
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 4 3/4 in x 11 in x 4 3/4 in; 12.065 cm x 27.94 cm x 12.065 cm
overall: 6 3/4 in x 11 in x 4 3/4 in; 17.145 cm x 27.94 cm x 12.065 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0390
accession number
249602
catalog number
65.0390
patent number
140,979
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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