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Hamilton S. McRae's 1867 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

Hamilton S. McRae's 1867 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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Hamilton S. McRae from Muncie, Indiana, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 72662 was issued on December 24, 1867.
This desk has a convenient and easily operated book holder. The innovative book holder sits within the desktop with a lid on top. The lid could be lifted up to allow access to the book. There is a curved seat for support and comfort. The backrest is a flat front face with three vertical slats of wood. The back legs on the desk flare out.
Hamilton S. McRae was born on January 2, 1833 in Indiana. He served as a teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools. An advocate of educational reform, McRae espoused free kindergarten and free public libraries.
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Object Name
school desk
desk model
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
patent date
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McRae, Hamilton S.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
McRae, Hamilton S.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Indiana, Muncie
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
iron (overall material)
overall: 5 3/4 in x 5 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in; 14.605 cm x 14.605 cm x 9.525 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
patent number
Patent Models
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Cultural and Community Life: Education
Cultures & Communities
American History Education Collection
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National Museum of American History
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