Road Scraper Patent Model

Description
Hiram W. Ball submitted this model with his patent for an “improvement in road scrapers” that received patent number 221,273 on November 4, 1879. The horse drawn drag scraper incorporated a catch that allowed the scoop to dump its load without having to raise the handle.
As the good roads movement gathered strength in the 1890s, a host of patent applications were received for machines that, using horses, helped maintain the surfaces of the nation's roadways.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1879
patent date
1879-11-04
inventor; patent holder
Ball, Hiram W.
inventor
Ball, Hiram W.
associated place
United States: Ohio, Columbus
Physical Description
brass (scoop material)
wood (handle material)
iron (draw bar material)
Measurements
overall: 1 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in x 10 in; 3.81 cm x 11.43 cm x 25.4 cm
ID Number
MC.319432
catalog number
319432
accession number
237906
patent number
221,273
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
America on the Move
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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