David I. Stagg's 1866 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

Description
David I. Stagg from New York received a U.S. patent for an improved seat and desk. Patent no. 58908 was issued on October 16, 1866.
This model functions as a seat and desk or simply as a seat. This is accomplished by a design allowing the desk to be placed to the side. The desk is made of a dark, unpolished, red-tinted wood with brass tacks and a junction for the desk that is on a metal rod. There is storage available under the seat. There are no curves for back support, and the seat is on a completely wooden foundation. It is meant to accommodate both children and adults.
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
Object Name
model
desk model
date made
1866
patent date
1866-10-16
patentee
Stagg, David I.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Stagg, David I.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 6 in x 6 1/2 in x 7 3/4 in; 15.24 cm x 16.51 cm x 19.685 cm
referenced in patent specifications
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
CL*65.0421
accession number
249602
catalog number
65.0421
patent number
58,908
subject
Patent Models
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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