Thomas Redmayne's 1875 School Desk Patent Model fragment


Thomas Redmayne from Sheffield, York, England, received a British patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 169478 was issued on November 2, 1875.

This is a partial model, consisting of a dark wooden rectangular plank with metal screws and two brackets that are connected by three screws, and there is a metal circular piece on each end. The desk was made of dark wood and designed to be adjustable. A wheel mechanism was used for adjusting and altering the angle of the desktop. Lying flat, it formed a table; reclined, it formed a desk, and placed in a vertical position, it served as a seat back.

We are not aware of any additional information about the inventor/patentee.

Date Made: 1875Patent Date: 1875-11-02

Patentee: Redmayne, ThomasTransfer: U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeInventor: Redmayne, Thomas

Location: Currently not on view

Referenced In Patent Specifications: United Kingdom: England, Sheffield, Sheffield

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.65.0393Catalog Number: 65.0393Accession Number: 249602Patent Number: 169,478

Object Name: school desktopdesk patent model fragmentObject Type: Patent Model

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 12 in x 4 in x 1/2 in; 30.48 cm x 10.16 cm x 1.27 cm


Record Id: nmah_666511

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