Orlando D. Case's 1879 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

Orlando D. Case's 1879 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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Orlando D. Case from Hartford, Connecticut, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 216307 was issued on June 10, 1879.
This model is made of medium-brown wood with ornate, bronze-colored metal supports. The seat and backrest are curved for back support, and the seat folds up for compatibility. A spring mechanism held the seats securely, preventing them from slamming. There is storage under the desk, and the model is screwed into a wooden base. This design hooked slats to the iron base and secured them with screws to compensate for shrinkage and expansion of the wood.
Case was born in 1826. For over 50 years he ran O.D.Case & Co., a publishing company that also manufactured school furniture.
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Object Name
desk model
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
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patent date
Case, Orlando D.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Case, Orlando D.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Physical Description
wood (desk and seat material)
metal (support material)
overall: 11 in x 7 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in; 27.94 cm x 19.685 cm x 13.97 cm
desk: 7 3/4 in x 5 in; 19.685 cm x 12.7 cm
seat: 7 3/4 in x 4 in; 19.685 cm x 10.16 cm
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Patent Models
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Cultural and Community Life: Education
Cultures & Communities
American History Education Collection
Patent Model School Seats and Desks
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Member of Standish Maine Historical Society. We have some of these desk in our school museum . A church building built in 1804. Bottom floor is still church with pew, second floor converted to classrooms when Maine became state 1820. Also have Haney desk 1889 . I’m doing background info for displays on desks.

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