Geometric Model by A. Harry Wheeler, Ellipsoid


This tan cut and folded paper model consists of two ellipses, arranged perpendicularly, and three parallel elliptical rings perpendicular to both of these. It is collapsible. A paper tag reads: 355. Another mark reads: Model for Fig. 6. A third mark reads: Albert Harry Wheeler (/) 8 Shawmut St (/) Worcester, Mass Mathematical Model (/) or the Like (/) Filed Sept 3, 1914 (/) Serial No 860,041.

On September 3, 1914, Wheeler applied for a UlS. patent for several forms of collapsible mathematical models. This object is the basis for Figure 6 in Wheeler's paent application and in the patent he was granted in 1916.


Albert Harry Wheeler, "Mathematical Model," U.S. Patent 1,192,483, July 25, 1916.

Date Made: 1914

Patentee: Wheeler, Albert HarryMaker: Wheeler, Albert Harry

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, Worcester

Subject: Mathematics


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Credit Line: Gift of Helen M. Wheeler

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MA.304723.200Accession Number: 304723Catalog Number: 304723.200

Object Name: Geometric Model

Physical Description: paper (overall material)white (overall color)cut and folded (overall production method/technique)Measurements: average spatial: 5.5 cm x 11 cm x 7 cm; 2 5/32 in x 4 11/32 in x 2 3/4 in


Record Id: nmah_1066716

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