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.
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