Patent Model for the Improvement in Ear-Rings

Description (Brief)
Small metal model or example of a design for a spring clasp mechanism to securing an earring to the ear lobe. The design specifications also allowed for and concave/convex discs to help the earring seat itself on the ear lobe or a pin on the disc incase the wearer had pierced ears (This model does not show the pin). The model also shows two eye hooks. One allowed for a dangle and the other allowed a chain and hair clip that would attach to the hair for security.
Currently not on view
Object Name
patent model, ear ring
date made
ca 1876
patent date
Weed, Louisa A.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 2 cm x 1 cm x 1 cm; 25/32 in x 13/32 in x 13/32 in
associated place
United States: New York, Brooklyn
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
patent number
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Work and Industry: Agriculture
Industry & Manufacturing
Clothing & Accessories
Patent Models
Invention and the Patent Model
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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