Orlando D. Case's 1879 School Desk and Seat Patent Model


Orlando D. Case from Hartford, Connecticut, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 216307 was issued on June 10, 1879.

This model is made of medium-brown wood with ornate, bronze-colored metal supports. The seat and backrest are curved for back support, and the seat folds up for compatibility. A spring mechanism held the seats securely, preventing them from slamming. There is storage under the desk, and the model is screwed into a wooden base. This design hooked slats to the iron base and secured them with screws to compensate for shrinkage and expansion of the wood.

Case was born in 1826. For over 50 years he ran O.D.Case & Co., a publishing company that also manufactured school furniture.

Date Made: 1879Associated Date: 1870Patent Date: 1879-06-10

Patentee: Case, Orlando D.Transfer: U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeInventor: Case, Orlando D.

Location: Currently not on view

Referenced In Patent Specifications: United States: Connecticut, Hartford

General Subject Association: EducationClassified: Patent Models


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Education, American History Education Collection, Cultures & Communities, Patent Model School Seats and Desks


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CL.65.0409Catalog Number: 65.409Accession Number: 249602Patent Number: 216,307

Object Name: modeldesk modelObject Type: Patent Model

Physical Description: wood (desk and seat material)metal (support material)Measurements: overall: 11 in x 7 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in; 27.94 cm x 19.685 cm x 13.97 cmdesk: 7 3/4 in x 5 in; 19.685 cm x 12.7 cmseat: 7 3/4 in x 4 in; 19.685 cm x 10.16 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-bfa4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_660952

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