Sundback's Modern Slide Zipper Patent Model, 1915

Description
This is a patent model for Gideon Sunback’s “seperable fastener” filed on August 27, 1915 and granted patent number 1,219,881 on March 20th, 1917. Sundback’s invention was the second iteration of his “hookless” fastener that he described as the “Hookless Number 2.” The interlocking metal teeth of the separable fastener was first used in boots, and boot maker B. F. Goodrich is credited with first coining the term “zipper.” The zipper wasn’t widely used on clothing until the 1930s, when it replaced buttons as men’s fly closures.
Object Name
zipper
date made
1914
maker
Talon
Measurements
overall: 12 in x 1 in; 30.48 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
AG*MHI-M-7972.009
catalog number
MHI-M-7972
P # 1219881
accession number
235975
patent number
1219881
subject
Industry & Manufacturing
American Enterprise
See more items in
Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Talon
collection used for research
Friedel, Robert. Zipper: An Exploration in Novelty

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.