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Patent model for stencils for sign painter's template

Patent model for stencils for sign painter's template

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a template that includes all the letters of the alphabet in a single pattern; the invention was granted patent number 147942.
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Object Name
manufacture, stencils
template, painter's
stencils, template, painter's
stencils, sign painters
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
ca 1874
patent date
Hutchison, Merrill
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall:.1 cm x 15.7 cm x 15.3 cm; 1/16 in x 6 3/16 in x 6 in
ID Number
accession number
patent number
catalog number
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Work and Industry: Graphic Arts
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Patent Models
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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