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George W. Puterbaugh and Alfred Teal's 1876 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

George W. Puterbaugh and Alfred Teal's 1876 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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George W. Puterbaugh from Greenfield, Indiana, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent model no. 173340 was issued on February 8, 1876 with Alfred E. Teal.
This desk has storage and slants downward. It is made of oak and has metal screws. The seat folds up, and bumpers are incorporated into the design to prevent the seat from slamming and creating noise. It has crossed member supports with a heavily reinforced folding seat and cloverleaf design. The seat curves and has a backrest for support.
George W. Puterbaugh was born in 1844. He served as a school principal and later as superintendent in Greenfield, Indiana. He went on to found the Straight Wood Co. (also called the Straight Wood School Desk Co.) to manufacture desks. He died in 1887.
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Object Name
desk model
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
associated date
patent date
Puterbaugh, George W.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Teal, Alfred E.
Puterbaugh, George W.
Teal, Alfred E.
Puterbaugh, George W.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Indiana, Greenfield
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 7 in x 6 in x 8 in; 17.78 cm x 15.24 cm x 20.32 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
patent number
Patent Models
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American History Education Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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