Road Scraper Patent Model

Road Scraper Patent Model

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John D. Libey of Lima, Indiana submitted this model with his patent for a scraper that received patent number 529,925 on November 27, 1894. Designed for road work, the scraper could be operated by one man. A two-horse team pulled the scraper that picked up a yard of earth and took it away.
As the good roads movement gathered strength in the 1890s, a host of patent applications were received for machines that, using horses, helped maintain the surfaces of the nation's roadways.
Object Name
Road Scraper
date made
patent date
Physical Description
nickel plated (overall material)
overall: 18 in; 45.72 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
patent number
Credit Line
Gift of E. W. Heiss
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
America on the Move
America On The Move
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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