Edwin J. Piper's 1873 School Seat Patent Model

Edwin J. Piper's 1873 School Seat Patent Model

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Description
Edwin J. Piper from Springfield, Massachusetts, received a U.S. patent for an improved school chair. Patent no. 138190 was issued on April 22, 1873.
The wooden slatted seat is secured onto a pedestal. His combination of slats, hinges, and flanges is new. The backrest is curved and connects to the seat, which gives lower back support. The ends of the slats are connected to a metal frame that outlines the entire seat. The stem is screwed into a wooden base. The seat is not adjustable and does not fold.
Edwin J. Piper was born in 1849. He was an inventor and the manufacturer of the Springfield ruling machine. He died in 1933 at his home in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
school chair
model
seat model
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
1873
patent date
1873-04-22
patentee
Piper, Edwin J.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Piper, Edwin J.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Massachusetts, Springfield
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 1/4 in x 3 in x 3 1/4 in; 13.335 cm x 7.62 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0323
catalog number
65.0323
accession number
249602
patent number
138,190
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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