Frank T. June's 1878 School Desk Patent Model fragment

Frank T. June's 1878 School Desk Patent Model fragment

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Description
Frank T. June from Chicago, Illinois, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 198922 was issued on January 1, 1878.
This model has four thick, large wooden slats held together by a vertical cast iron rod. The patent established a way to join the slats that form seat backs. The vertical standards would feature a groove and dovetailed slats would slide into place. This system offered ease of construction with few tools.
Frank T. June joined Aaron J. Hull in running the Novelty Iron Works. It later became Sterling School Furniture Company. At one time, Hull also served as President of the Sherwood School Furniture Company. A prolific inventor, Hull moved from desks to pumps in the late 1870s.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
model
desk model
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
1878
patent date
1878-01-01
patentee
June, Frank T.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
June, Frank T.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
iron (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11 in x 4 in x 2 3/4 in; 27.94 cm x 10.16 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0405
accession number
249602
catalog number
65.0405
patent number
198,922
subject
Patent Models
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Cultural and Community Life: Education
Cultures & Communities
American History Education Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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