Patent Model of a Book-stitching Machine

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for improvements to the method of feeding sheets to a book-sewing mechanism; the invention was granted patent number 250987. David Smyth (1833-1907), was a prolific inventor in many fields of manufacturing before patenting his first book-sewing machine in 1868. Ultimately his machines redefined bookbinding, in the term Smyth-sewn. The model is incomplete.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1881
patent date
Smyth, David McConnel
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 15 cm x 18.3 cm x 15 cm; 5 7/8 in x 7 3/16 in x 5 7/8 in
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patent number
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Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Patent Models
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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