William Blackburn's 1872 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

William Blackburn's 1872 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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Description
William Blackburn from Manchester, Great Britain, received a British patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 127839 was issued on June 11, 1872.
This desk is made of a combination of wood and iron and can be used as a desk or a table. The adjustable design allowed the desk to be used in schools or places of assembly. The desks adjust with the use of metal hinges. The backrest is made up of slats that do not connect for lower back support, is made of darker wood than the seat, and is polished. The desk sits on a metal base of two long feet that connect each side’s back and front.
We are not aware of any additional information about the inventor/patentee.
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Object Name
model
desk model
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
1872
patent date
1872-06-11
patentee
Blackburn, William
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Blackburn, William
referenced in patent specifications
United Kingdom: England, Manchester, Manchester
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 9 in x 6 in; 22.86 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0384
catalog number
65.0384
accession number
249602
patent number
127,839
subject
Education
Patent Models
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Cultural and Community Life: Education
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American History Education Collection
Patent Model School Seats and Desks
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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