Patent Model for the Improvement in Picking Cotton

Description (Brief)
David Rawl, of Batesburg, South Carolina, submitted this model with his patent application for an improvement for picking cotton 1882 to the United States Patent Office. The mechanism could be wheeled over the top of a cotton row. A frame is balanced over wheels and as the picker is moved the stalks are guided through spindles where the boll is removed and the cotton drops into a carrier.
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Object Name
patent model, cotton picker
date made
ca 1882
patent date
Rawl, David
Physical Description
tinned iron (overall material)
leather (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 28 cm x 42 cm x 37 cm; 11 1/32 in x 16 17/32 in x 14 9/16 in
associated place
United States: South Carolina, Batesburg
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
patent number
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Work and Industry: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models
Invention and the Patent Model
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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