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Patent Model of a Paper-ruling Machine

Patent Model of a Paper-ruling Machine

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a paper-ruling machine which was granted patent number 155815. The patent details mechanisms for the control of the striker, or pen-lifting apparatus.
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Object Name
patent model; machine, paper ruling
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
ca 1874
patent date
Tregurtha, James
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
cloth (overall material)
overall: 26 cm x 16.3 cm x 30 cm; 10 1/4 in x 6 7/16 in x 11 13/16 in
ID Number
patent number
accession number
catalog number
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Patent Models, Graphic Arts
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Patent Models
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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