Bruce Wolverton's 1876 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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Description
Bruce Wolverton from Rohnerville, California received a U.S. patent for an improved iron and wood school desk. Patent no. 183877 was issued on October 31, 1876.
This school desk was made of iron and a dark wood. The seat and top can be raised or lowered independently. The folding desk is attached to the backrest and the backrest and folding seat have almost no curve. A metal pole horizontally runs across the bottom of the desk for support.
Bruce Wolverton was born in 1853 while his family was crossing the prairie. In 1875 he moved to California to teach. He left teaching to join the ministry. He then became the first Superintendent of City Schools for Spokane, Washington, where he served from June 1888 to February 1889.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1876
patent date
1876-10-31
patentee
Wolverton, Bruce
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Wolverton, Bruce
referenced in patent specifications
United States: California, Rohnerville
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
painted gold (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8 1/2 in x 10 in x 10 in; 21.59 cm x 25.4 cm x 25.4 cm
seat: 4 in; 10.16 cm
back desk: 4 in; 10.16 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0401
accession number
249602
catalog number
65.0401
patent number
183,877
subject
Patent Models
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American History Education Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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