Henry H. Elberg's 1877 School Desk and Seat Patent Model


Henry H. Elberg from Greenfield, Indiana, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 191846 was issued on June 12, 1877.

This model is made of wood and has metal hinges. The seat curves and can be folded up. The desk's backrest is metal and has wooden hinges so that the desk folds down. A cushion of rubber or leather was to be inserted between the leg and the seat bracket to help prevent noise. The front legs flare out from the desk. There is no storage for books.

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

Date Made: 1877Patent Date: 1877-06-12

Patentee: Elberg, Henry H.Transfer: U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeInventor: Elberg, Henry H.

Location: Currently not on view

Referenced In Patent Specifications: United States: Indiana, Greenfield

Classified: Patent Models


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Education, American History Education Collection, Cultures & Communities, Patent Model School Seats and Desks


Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CL.65.0404Accession Number: 249602Catalog Number: 65.0404Patent Number: 191,846199846

Object Name: modeldesk modelObject Type: Patent Model

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 10 in x 10 in x 9 3/4 in; 25.4 cm x 25.4 cm x 24.765 cmseat: 10 in x 3 1/4 in; 25.4 cm x 8.255 cmdesk: 10 1/4 in x 4 in; 26.035 cm x 10.16 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-422d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_679722

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