Edwin J. Piper's 1873 School Seat Patent Model


Edwin J. Piper from Springfield, Massachusetts, received a U.S. patent for an improved school chair. Patent no. 138190 was issued on April 22, 1873.

The wooden slatted seat is secured onto a pedestal. His combination of slats, hinges, and flanges is new. The backrest is curved and connects to the seat, which gives lower back support. The ends of the slats are connected to a metal frame that outlines the entire seat. The stem is screwed into a wooden base. The seat is not adjustable and does not fold. The patent was recognized for its monobloc stem and brass colored metal frame.

Edwin J. Piper was born in 1849. He was an inventor and Known for being the manufacturer of the Springfield ruling machine. He died in 1933 at his home in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Date Made: 1873Patent Date: 1873-04-22

Patentee: Piper, Edwin J.Transfer: U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeInventor: Piper, Edwin J.

Location: Currently not on view

Referenced In Patent Specifications: United States: Massachusetts, Springfield

General Subject Association: EducationClassified: Patent Models


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CL.65.0323Catalog Number: 65.0323Accession Number: 249602Patent Number: 138,190

Object Name: school chairmodelseat modelObject Type: Patent Model

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)brass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 5 1/4 in x 3 in x 3 1/4 in; 13.335 cm x 7.62 cm x 8.255 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-0a50-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_664147

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