Addison S. Vorse's 1870 School Desk and Seat Patent Model


Addison S. Vorse from Des Moines, Iowa, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk seat. Patent no. 104906 was issued on June 28, 1870.

This school desk seat is designed to hold firmly in place and be folded up completely when not in use. It is made out of wood with cast iron legs and feet. The desk behind the backrest slides up, then out. The ironwork on the desk has a Gothic design. There is a small shelf attached underneath the bottom of the desktop. When it is compact, the shelf is vertical and can still be used for storage.

Addison S. Vorse was born in 1821. Along with his brother, Norman, he manufactured and sold agricultural implements in Iowa.

Date Made: 1870Patent Date: 1870-06-28

Transfer: U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficePatentee: Vorse, Addison S.Inventor: Vorse, Addison S.

Location: Currently not on view

Referenced In Patent Specifications: United States: Iowa, Des Moines

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.65.0426Catalog Number: 65.0426Patent Number: 104,906Accession Number: 249602

Object Name: modeldesk modelObject Type: Patent Model

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 13 in x 10 1/2 in x 13 in; 33.02 cm x 26.67 cm x 33.02 cm


Record Id: nmah_664142

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