As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are temporarily closed. We are not announcing a reopening date at this time and will provide updates on our website and social media.

Patent Model of a Book-stitching Machine

Patent Model of a Book-stitching Machine

<< >>
Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a machine for sewing books using a double-loop stitch. The invention was granted patent number 250991.
Object Name
patent model; machine, book stitching
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
ca 1881
patent date
Smyth, David McConnel
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (part material)
overall: 18.5 cm x 19.5 cm x 11.5 cm; 7 5/16 in x 7 11/16 in x 4 1/2 in
ID Number
patent number
accession number
catalog number
See more items in
Work and Industry: Graphic Arts
Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Inventive Minds
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Add a comment about this object