1838 Day's Patent Model of a Cordage Machine


Cordage Machine Patent Model

Patent No. 596, issued February 7, 1838

Moses Day of Roxbury, Massachusetts

This patent was an improvement on Day’s earlier patent (9692x) of June 2, 1836, which was destroyed in the 1836 fire and reconstructed by the Patent Office for the Columbian Exposition of 1893.

The difference between the two patents is the addition of a gauge-plate to the end of the machine, by which it became a strandmaker. Day stated that his method of making cordage had two advantages over those in common use. First, the twist given to the strand was uniform throughout its length. Second, as the cord was made, it was wound on a bobbin, thereby eliminating the need for long rope walks and large buildings. The whole process could be done in a room that was only slightly larger than the cordage machine and the bobbin frame.

Model Constructed: before 1838-02-07Patent Date: 1838-02-07

Inventor: Day, Moses

Location: Currently not on view

Classified: Patent ModelsInvention


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T11405.045Accession Number: 89797Catalog Number: T11405.045Patent Number: 596

Object Name: rope making machinecordage machine patent modelObject Type: Patent Model

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-1ecb-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1073281

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