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

Description
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
model
desk model
Object Type
model
date made
1873
patent date
1873-01-21
patentee
Cox, Sylvanus
Fanning, William W.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Cox, Sylvanus
Fanning, William W.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
oak (overall material)
brass (overall material)
Measurements
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
ID Number
CL*65.0386
accession number
249602
patent number
135089
catalog number
65.0386
patent number
135,089
subject
Patent Models
Cultures & Communities
American History Education Collection
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Home and Community Life: Education
American History Education Collection
Exhibition
Inventing In America
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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