Sylvanus Cox and William W. Fanning's 1873 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

Patent Model; school desk; patent no. 135089; patented 1/21/1873 by Cox and Fanning. Folding seat, beautiful detailing in brass, gothic-like architectural style in brass. Stands out in terms of metal work. Slated dark and light wood, curved smooth bench for back and seat support. Desktop is made of wood and is attached to the back of the bench. Iron and wood combination. Folding seat. The iron twists toward the base support, and towards the legs there are two iron birds with beaks touching. Wooden desk has a groove on the desktop for pencil or writing utensils. Gold logo on the desktop. Metal legs have feet with holes in order to plant it to its foundation.
Object Name
desk model
Object Type
date made
patent date
Cox, Sylvanus
Fanning, William W.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Cox, Sylvanus
Fanning, William W.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
oak (overall material)
brass (overall material)
overall: 8 1/4 in x 6 1/4 in x 8 in; 20.955 cm x 15.875 cm x 20.32 cm
seat: 1/4 in x 5 3/16 in x 3 1/2 in; .635 cm x 13.208 cm x 8.89 cm
associated place
United States: Indiana, Richmond
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accession number
patent number
catalog number
patent number
Patent Models
Cultures & Communities
American History Education Collection
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American History Education Collection
Inventing In America
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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