Samuel W. Francis Typewriter Patent Model

Description
Samuel Ward Francis of New York, New York received patent number 18,504 on October 27, 1857 for this printing-machine patent model. The model has a light wooden frame with four piano keys, and a metal platen carriage system. Samuel Francis made several attempts at an early typewriter prototypes, and held several patents (see object ME*180060) for early printing machines. This patent was related to the circular arrangement of the type hammers that allowed them to strike in the same place. Additionally, the patent covered the paper carrier moving by spring and catch so that paper would move whenever a letter on the key has been struck allowing for a continuous printing line.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
patent model, typewriter
date made
1857-10-27
patent date
1857-10-27
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
maker
Francis, Samuel Ward
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 6 1/2 in x 12 in x 12 in; 16.51 cm x 30.48 cm x 30.48 cm
associated place
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
ME*251215
catalog number
251215
accession number
48865
patent number
18,504
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Work and Industry: Mechanisms
Typewriters
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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