Dague's Road Scraper Model

Description
This model depicts a road scraper manufactured by Dague's Grader Company, Danville, Illinois, and patented on the 30th Dec 1879 by E. D. Dague.
This model is a demonstration model, presumably used as a selling tool. Company advertising claimed that “Dague's Celebrated Road Scraper and Leveller ...will do more work than FOUR ordinary Dump Scrapers, and will Leave the Surface Level, and only requires the services of One Man and one pair of horse to operate it with ease.”
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
1879-12-30
maker
Dague, E. D.
Place Made
United States: Illinois, Danville
Physical Description
wood (case material)
brass (overall material)
walnut (parts material)
Measurements
overall: 11 in x 12 in x 4 in; 27.94 cm x 30.48 cm x 10.16 cm
overall, box: 4 3/4 in x 12 in x 13 3/4 in; 12.065 cm x 30.48 cm x 34.925 cm
ID Number
MC.321175
catalog number
321175
accession number
243133
Credit Line
Gift of England D. Dague
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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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