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G. A. Stewart's 1868 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

G. A. Stewart's 1868 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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G.A. Stewart from Des Moines, Iowa, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk and seat model. Patent no. 82765 was issued on October 6, 1868.
This model features a wooden seat and desk that can be folded, affording more space. When opened the desk top is larger than a traditional desk while occupying a similar area. When the desk is folded in half, there is more room for cleaning and exercise. There are no curves in the design, and the backrest and seat do not join to create lower back support.
We are not aware of any additional information about the inventor/patentee.
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Object Name
desk model
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
patent date
Stewart, G. A.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Stewart, G. A.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Iowa, Des Moines
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 8 in x 10 in x 8 1/2 in; 20.32 cm x 25.4 cm x 21.59 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
patent number
Patent Models
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Patent Model School Seats and Desks
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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