Patent Model for the Improvement in Picking Cotton

Patent Model for the Improvement in Picking Cotton

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Description (Brief)
David Rawl, of Batesburg, South Carolina, submitted this model with his patent application for an improvement for picking cotton 1882 to the United States Patent Office. The mechanism could be wheeled over the top of a cotton row. A frame is balanced over wheels and as the picker is moved the stalks are guided through spindles where the boll is removed and the cotton drops into a carrier.
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Object Name
patent model, cotton picker
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
ca 1882
patent date
Rawl, David
associated place
United States: South Carolina, Batesburg
Physical Description
tinned iron (overall material)
leather (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 28 cm x 42 cm x 37 cm; 11 1/32 in x 16 17/32 in x 14 9/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Work and Industry: Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Patent Models
Invention and the Patent Model
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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