David I. Stagg's 1876 School Desk Patent Model

David I. Stagg's 1876 School Desk Patent Model

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Description
David I. Stagg from New York City received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 177583 was issued on May 16, 1876.
This model is made completely of unpolished wood. Most of the wood is dark, but the wood that connects the chair to the hinges is lighter colored. The desk can fold in different ways, making it compact. The desk is set on a wooden foundation and can be pivoted vertically or folded at the front of the desk, leaving a chair or a bench with no backrest. The innovative arms, pins, and shoulders are used to pivot the desktop.
David I. Stagg was born September 6, 1816 in Patterson, New Jersey. For fifty years he served as an apprentice and journeyman in the New York school system. In his last post he served the New York City Board of Education as Superintendent of School Buildings, overseeing school construction from 1872-1886. The museum owns four of his school desk patent models. He died May 11, 1886.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
model
desk model
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
1876
patent date
1876-05-16
patentee
Stagg, David I.
transfer
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
inventor
Stagg, David I.
referenced in patent specifications
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 1/2 in x 8 3/4 in x 7 in; 19.05 cm x 22.225 cm x 17.78 cm
ID Number
CL.65.0398
accession number
249602
catalog number
65.0398
patent number
177,583
subject
Patent Models
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Cultural and Community Life: Education
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American History Education Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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