H. M. Wood Windmill Patent Model

Description
During most of the 19th century, the U.S. Patent Office required inventors seeking patent protection to submit both a written application and a three-dimensional model. This wood and metal patent model of a windmill succeeded in gaining its inventor, H. M. Wood, Patent Number 222,340, which was issued on December 2, 1879. As farms spread into the American heartland, windmills proved an extremely important technology, allowing settlers to use the renewable power of wind to pump groundwater for agricultural and household use. Efficiency and reliability were key attributes for rural windmills, and professional and lay inventors experimented with hundreds of design variations throughout the years.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
model, windmill
patent model, windmill
date made
1879
patent date
1879-12-02
inventor
Wood, Harvey M.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 9 1/8 in x 7 1/8 in x 12 in; 23.1775 cm x 18.0975 cm x 30.48 cm
place made
United States: Michigan
associated place
United States: Michigan, Commerce
ID Number
MC*309136
catalog number
309136
accession number
89797
patent number
222,340
subject
Energy & Power
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Agriculture
Natural Resources
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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