Fireplace Patent Model

Fireplace Patent Model

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Patent model (U.S. Patent No. 1,578) of a fireplace, complete with surround and overmantel, that is fitted with curved and straight plates inside the chimney to prevent outside air flow into the fireplace; made by Homer Roberts of Delhi, NY, and patented on April 30, 1840. Nailed construction. Parts broken off and missing. Painted across mantel frieze "H. ROBERTS". Maker's name and location inscribed on outside back of chimney. Old, torn and taped tag stored separately is printed and handwritten with patent information and object numbers.
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Object Name
fireplace, model
Date made
patent date
Roberts, Homer
place made
United States: New York, Delhi
associated place
United States: New York, Delhi
Physical Description
iron (fireplace box material)
pine (fireplace surround, overmantel material)
paint (exterior finish material)
tin (fireplace box material)
overall: 9 in x 8 in x 4 3/8 in; 22.86 cm x 20.32 cm x 11.1125 cm
ID Number
catalog number
patent number
accession number
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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