Patent model for paper-ruling machine

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for improvements principally to the pen cylinder and striker of ruling machines; the invention was granted patent number 194497. William O. Hickok (1815-1891) of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was in the bookbinding trade from about 1840. In 1852 he patented his first ruling machine, an improvement on the Hathaway machine then in use. In 1874, with the O-A Striker machine, he established the principles of all ruling machines to come.
Currently not on view
Object Name
patent model; machine, paper ruling
date made
ca 1877
patent date
Hickok, William O.
Cooper, Albert
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (part material)
overall: 21.5 cm x 18.7 cm x 29 cm; 8 7/16 in x 7 3/8 in x 11 7/16 in
ID Number
patent number
accession number
catalog number
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Patent Models
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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