Morris Lancaster's 1876 School Desk and Seat Hinge Improvement Patent Model

Morris Lancaster's 1876 School Desk and Seat Hinge Improvement Patent Model

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Description
Morris Lancaster from Richmond, Indiana, received a U.S. patent for an improved hinge to work with the school desk lid. Patent no. 181689 was issued on August 29, 1876.
This model features a combination of wood and metal. The patent has a new mechanism called a “pawl” or “dog” that acted as a stop concerning the desk lid. This held the lid in position and operated automatically to hold or release it.
Morris Lancaster was born in 1842 and became a carpenter in Richmond, Indiana.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
school desk hinge
model
desk hinge patent model
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
1876
patent date
1876-08-29
associated date
1873
patentee
Lancaster, Morris
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Lancaster, Morris
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Indiana, Richmond
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 in x 8 in x 5 in; 2.54 cm x 20.32 cm x 12.7 cm
ID Number
CL.249602.598
catalog number
249602.598
accession number
249602
patent number
181,689
subject
Education
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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