Aaron W. Hempleman's 1876 School Desk and Seat Patent Model


Aaron W. Hempleman from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 177835 was issued on May 23, 1876.

This model has metal legs and feet and a desk that consists of both light and dark wooden slats. The metal sides feature a tree like design, adding visual interest to the desk. The desk is attached to the backrest, and although the seat and backrest are curved, there is no lower back support. There is a storage shelf underneath the desktop that remains stationary. There is an extra bracket attached to the side of the desk.

Aaron W. Hempleman joined the firm originated by John P. Allen and George H. Grant. In 1876, he and Grant formed Grant & Hempleman to manufacture church and school furniture. It was not unusual during the 19th Century for school furniture companies to also produce pews and pulpits for churches, and fold up seating for theaters.

Date Made: 1876Patent Date: 1876-05-23

Patentee: Hempleman, Aaron W.Transfer: U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeInventor: Hempleman, Aaron W.

Location: Currently not on view

Referenced In Patent Specifications: United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

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.65.0399Catalog Number: 65.0399Accession Number: 249602Patent Number: 177,835

Object Name: modeldesk modelObject Type: Patent Model

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7 3/4 in x 7 3/4 in x 8 in; 19.685 cm x 19.685 cm x 20.32 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-b687-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_664184

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