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George Elsey's 1878 School Desk Patent Model fragment

George Elsey's 1878 School Desk Patent Model fragment

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George Elsey from Springfield, Massachusetts, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 203252 was issued on May 7, 1878.
This model is made out of wood and silver. The patent joins the wood to the iron by using oblique tendons and transverse angular slots that fit into each other. The design holds the wooden slats firmly so they will not separate, but brace each other. There is a silver plaque that reads: "George Elsey Inventor Dec. 1 1877."
George Elsey founded the Elsey School Furniture Company.
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Object Name
school desk, part of
desk model
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
patent date
associated date
patent holder
Elsey, George
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Elsey, George
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Massachusetts, Springfield
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 1 1/4 in x 7 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 3.175 cm x 19.05 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
catalog number
patent number
accession number
Patent Models
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Cultural and Community Life: Education
Cultures & Communities
American History Education Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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