Patent model for music type

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a method of printing large music charts for educational purposes; the invention was granted patent number 78855. The type was made of wood. Each note came with its part of the staff lines, and with shoulders that interlocked and overlapped with those of its neighbors, to produce a continuous line of music.
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Object Name
manufacture, music type
date made
ca 1868
patent date
Balch, Edward L.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 5.6 cm x 19 cm x 9.4 cm; 2 3/16 in x 7 1/2 in x 3 11/16 in
ID Number
patent number
accession number
catalog number
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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