George W. Hildreth's 1868 School Desk Patent Model


George W. Hildreth from Niagara, New York, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 74688 was issued on February 18, 1868.

This desk is made of wood with metal hinges and the legs and feet are cast iron. There is pen or pencil writing on the desktop, but it is not legible. The desktop can be folded to reveal storage. The cast iron has a Gothic architectural design.

George W. Hildreth was born in 1805. He trained as a machinist and builder. In 1833 he established Hildreth & Co. in Lockport, New York, to manufacture school and opera furniture.

Date Made: 1868Associated Date: 1867Patent Date: 1868-02-18

Patentee: Hildreth, George W.Transfer: U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeInventor: Hildreth, George W.

Location: Currently not on view

Referenced In Patent Specifications: United States: New York, Lockport

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.65.0366Catalog Number: 65.0366Accession Number: 249602Patent Number: 74,688

Object Name: modeldesk modelObject Type: Patent Model

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 8 in x 6 in x 4 1/2 in; 20.32 cm x 15.24 cm x 11.43 cm


Record Id: nmah_664182

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