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Fireplace Patent Model

Fireplace Patent Model

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Patent model (U.S. Patent No. 1,001) of a portable, enclosed, trapezoidal coal grate with mica doors on two scroll-ended battens, made by James Atwater of New Haven, CT, and patented on November 9, 1838. Surround incised with geometric designs. Maker's name lightly incised in cursive on top. No patent tags.
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Object Name
grate, coal
Date made
patent date
place made
United States: Connecticut, New Haven
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
mica (glazing material)
overall: 6 5/8 in x 7 3/4 in x 2 5/8 in; 16.8275 cm x 19.685 cm x 6.6675 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
patent number
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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