Henry Merz's 1878 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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Description
Henry Merz from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 204444 was issued on June 4, 1878.
This model is a combination of wood and black metal. The bench or chair is comprised of compressed slats that form horizontal grooves in the seat and backrest. The chair curves for comfort and body support and lifts up. The desk is attached to the back of the backrest. The desktop is made of wood and has storage underneath the desk for books. The desktop is supported by a metal frame that connects to the chair's support system.
We are not aware of any additional information about the inventor/patentee.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1878
patent date
1878-06-04
patentee
Merz, Henry
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Merz, Henry
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
iron (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11 in x 11 1/2 in x 12 in; 27.94 cm x 29.21 cm x 30.48 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0407
catalog number
65.0407
patent number
204,444
accession number
249602
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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