Seth L. Wilkinson's 1860 School Desk and Seat Patent Model


Seth Wilkinson from Cross Plains, Tennessee, received a U.S. patent for an improved wooden school desk. Patent no. 30102 was issued on September 18, 1860.

This school desk is positioned so that the student is at a right angle to the seat. This would make sitting more pleasant and help with posture. The construction of his desk takes up less room than other desks. However, it is not adjustable or compact.

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

Date Made: 1860Patent Date: 1860-09-18

Patentee: Wilkinson, Seth L.Transfer: U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeInventor: Wilkinson, Seth L.

Location: Currently not on view

Referenced In Patent Specifications: United States: Tennessee, Cross Plains

Classified: 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.65.0355Accession Number: 249602Catalog Number: 65.0355Patent Number: 30,102

Object Name: modeldesk modelObject Type: Patent Model

Physical Description: wood (overall material)Measurements: overall: 5 in x 5 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 13.97 cm x 26.67 cm


Record Id: nmah_679717

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