John Mott's 1881 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

John Mott's 1881 School Desk and Seat Patent Model

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John M. Mott from Chicago, Illinois, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 245087 was issued on August 2, 1881.
This model is made of tubular wrought iron or angle iron. It has a folding seat and folding desktop. The wood slats are pushed together to create horizontal grooves in the chair. The chair alternates between light and dark wood that is polished. It has metal legs that flare out with feet. The desk connects to the back of the backrest of the chair. There are a silver plated logo, keyhole, and an inkwell impression on the desk. There is a small gap in between the seat and backrest.
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
Mott, John M.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Mott, John M.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 10 in x 7 in x 8 in; 25.4 cm x 17.78 cm x 20.32 cm
seat: 8 1/4 in x 4 1/8 in x 1/4 in; 20.955 cm x 10.4775 cm x.635 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
patent number
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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