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 County: Limestone County, TX
 Collection: Texas Patents
Advertising Device.
Patent for a new and improved advertising sign. This design "consist[s] in the fixed staff or upright having pulley, bent rotary vane having the opening, and adapted for the display of advertisements, inside [the] bent rotary vane, and the governor adapted to regulate automatically the speed at which the vanes are to revolve" (lines 68-80).
Animal Power.
Patent for a new and improved animal power (engine). This design "consists in an animal-power constructed with a small wheel placed loosely upon a stationary upright shaft, and connected by hinges with the inner ends of arms and sweeps attached to the main wheel, which is mounted upon caster-wheels to support the weight of the wheel and its attachments. . . . The object of this invention is to economize power and promote convenience" (lines 16-25).
Patent for a "trap designed to be placed around an ant-hill and adapted to capture ants leaving or returning to the ant-hill." (Lines 11-13) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Patent for an ant-trap with an inflexible bottom with a hole in the middle, a perpendicular section rough on the inside and smooth on the outside, and the perpendicular smooth sides are attached to the edges of the bottom. The trap has a device that prevents the ants from running around the trap.
Ant Trap.
Patent for a new and improved ant trap. This design calls for a tank of water to be buried in the ground and a collar of cheap material to be attached to the tank and placed over the mouth of an anthill. The concave nature of the collar prevents ants from climbing out of it, so they are forced into the water tank, where they drown; the design is cheaper and less toxic than previous designs.
Attachment for Cultivators.
Patent for a wheel-cultivator that attaches to planters or plows. It provides "means whereby a planter or a plow-beam carrying any desired cultivating implement can be attached to the frame of a riding or wheel cultivator frame, and thus enable the cultivator-frame to be applied to uses other than that for which it was intended" (lines 25-30).
Patent for "bevel-squares adapted to be converted into a try-square through the medium of a pivoted and adjustable blade." (Lines 13-15) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Patent for a simple, inexpensive, and effective combined churn motor and dasher that continuously and smoothly circulates cream. It has a large wheel the operator turns, which is connected through a series of pulleys to the dasher. A large frame holds the parts in place.
Churn Power.
Patent for a new and improved motorized butter churn. This design utilizes paralleled uprights, shafts, through-holes, screw-holes, a crank, pit-men, and a cross-head (lines 85-92). This combination and arrangement of parts allows rotary motion to be converted to reciprocal motion, which improves the churning process.
Combined Seed Planter and Guano Distributer.
Patent for a new and improved planter and fertilizer distributor. This design "consists in the combination and arrangement of parts, whereby the machine can be readily attached to and removed from a cultivator of any suitable description and used for planting seeds of different kinds and distributing guano at the same time that the seeds are being planted" (lines 15-22).
Cotton-Bag Carrier.
Patent for improved cotton sack carrier: "the object of the present invention is to provide a device whereby cotton sacks may be conveniently carried during the picking of cotton from one portion of the field to another without wearing the sack and with convenience to the picker" (lines 10-15).
Cotton Chopper and Cultivator.
Patent for improvements in cotton choppers and cultivators by using “the shearing action between a rotary hoe and a cutter-bar traveling along beside the row” (lines 20-22) to cut off the cotton. Illustration is included.
Patent for "improvements in cotton-gins, and more particularly to that class of saw-gins in which the brush-cylinder is dispensed with and a combined suction-fan and doffer employed to remove the lint from the gin-saws; and the object is to simplify the construction and at the same time increase the effectiveness of this class of gins." (Lines 11-18)
Patent for improvements in cultivator-harrows in which an adjustable “harrow-frame is adapted to the ready attachment of cultivators, plows, sweeps, scrapers, and various forms of cultivating devices which are interchangeable with each other and can be used either with or without the harrow-teeth, according to the character of work to be done.” (Lines 80-86) Illustration is included.
Design for a Kitchen-Cabinet.
Patent for a new design of kitchen cabinets with doors that open downward. Includes illustrations.
Patent for a dish-cleaner that is used in a sink or another container. Its object is to force "air through the water and in contact with the submerged dishes" (lines 17-18). The invention also has "a water-agitator surrounded with supports for holding the dishes or other articles in a vertical position in close proximity to the outlet-ports of the agitator" (lines 20-23).
Feed Governor for Cotton Gins.
Patent for a new and improved feed governor for cotton gins. This design "provide[s] means whereby the rate of feeding will be automatically decreased when the cotton is fed into the roll-box faster than it is being ginned, and whereby the feed will be finally stopped when the roll increases to a certain limit, and will be again started when the roll is reduced to a size previously fixed upon, and will be actuated to feed faster as the roll decreases in size" (lines 17-25).
Fence-Wire Stretcher.
Patent for a simple and practical fence-wire stretcher that stretches "fence-wire in the construction of fences and also taking up the slack in the wire when it sags at any point throughout the line of fence, the device being simple in construction and easily connected and disconnected from the post, as circumstances require" (lines 14-20).
Patent for a hay-rack meant to "provide an improved device for holding or clamping hay within reach of livestock, and which while not impairing the feeding of the stock will prevent them from pulling the hay down beneath their feet" (lines 14-19).
Head Protector.
Patent for a new and improved head protector. This design utilizes a wire "skeleton mask" and corresponding cap that holds the former in place. These are "designed to be covered with netting and to be worn as a protection against mosquitoes and other poisonous insects, and which is also applicable to bee-keepers' use, thrashers, gunners, railroad brakemen, &c." (lines 14-19).
Hitching Device.
Patent for "a hitching device which can be applied to a strap between its ends and which is freely adjustable back and forth upon the strap without wearing or injuring the strap in any manner and to form a hitching device which consists of two entirely separate and distinct pieces, thus doing away with all joints, pivots, or other connections, and the necessity for forming holes or perforations of any kind in the strap." (Lines 22-31) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Patent for an improved and durable pig trough, one that stays clean and can be filled and eaten out of easily without wasting feed.
Hoisting Attachment for Wagon-Beds.
Patent for a low cost, removable hoisting attachment for wagon beds, including illustrations and instructions.
Improved Cultivating-Plow.
Patent for a cultivating plow with a series of cutting-disks and digging-hoes, including illustration.
Improvement in Ant Traps
Patent for the improvement of Ant traps, including to illustrated and labeled figures.
Improvement in Bale-Ties.
Patent for new bale-tie formed from a single metal piece where the locking side (B) can be fastened to a rounded eye (C) on the opposite end.
Improvement in Baling-Presses.
Patent for a new and useful improvements in baling-presses.
Improvement in Buckles.
Patent for improvement in buckles by providing “with two two tongues on the same pivot, and with a guard for securing the same and the straps in position, thereby producing a simple and reliable means of connecting two straps.” (Lines 6-10) Illustration is included.
Improvement in Carriage-Axles.
Patent for an easily replaceable and self-lubricating carriage axle. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Improvement in Combination Locks.
Patent for improved combination locks, with a bolt that is locked or unlocked by the combination of spindles and pivoted buttons. The invention combines the spindles in to an "annular ring having letters or numbers and a series of different shaped pegs or combinations of letters or figures or both jointly" (pg 1).
Improvement in Combination-Padlocks.
Patent for "a padlock in which the permutation locking device is not permanently connected to the hasp; and said invention consists of a permutation device the fixed ends whereof are provided with sockets to receive the ends of a separate hasp, and be locked therewith by a notched bolt passing through the permutation device and both ends of the hasp, whereby the usual hinged connection of the parts is avoided, and the padlock made more secure and cheaper than when the parts are permanently united." (Lines 6-17) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Improvement in Combined Adjustable Fire-Fenders, Grates, and Andirons.
Patent for improvement in fire-fender and grate with separable andirons that is adjustable to different fireplaces, and which can be adapted for wood or coal.
Improvement in Corn-Shellers.
Patent for improvement in the design of the corn-sheller, including illustrations.
Improvement in Cotton-Gin-Saw Cleaners.
Patent for improvement in cotton-gin-saw cleaners used in cotton ginning processes, including illustration.
Improvement In Cotton-Gin-Saw Cleaners.
Patent for "a device for quickly cleaning the saws of cotton-gins when they become gummed. It consists in a series of knives that are supported by a movable bar or frame, and may be thrust between the saws when the saws are to be cleaned (para. 4-5).
Improvement in Cotton-Gin-Saw Cleaners.
Reissued patent for "a device for quickly cleaning the saws of cotton-gins when they become gummed. It consists in a series of knives that are supported by a movable bar or frame, and may be thrust between the saws when the same are to be cleaned (para. 4-5).
Improvement in Fire-Place Fenders.
Patent for "an extensible fender adapted for large or small fire-places" (lines 8-10) including instructions and illustrations.
Improvement in Gang-Plows.
Patent for the improvement of the gang plow by the plows arrangement and pivoted beams to be adjustable for convenience, including illustration.
Improvement in Hand Cotton Pickers.
Patent for a new method of picking cotton by hand, whereby 3 spindles remove the fibers from the bolls.
Improvement in Key-Hole Guards.
Patent for "a guard for key-holes of locks, to prevent the use of keys by unauthorized persons, the picking of the lock, and as a means for operating the bolt when fitted for that purpose." (Lines 7-11) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Improvement in Nails.
Patent for a nail with hexagonal form with two sides nearly flat and beveled edges.
Improvement in Permutation Locks.
Patent for improvements to permutation locks by various means.
Improvement in Plows.
Patent for the improvement of the Rotary-Disk Cutters for plows that enable it to swivel and be supported by guides, including illustration.
Improvement in Presses.
Patent for a new press design, including illustrations.
Mechanism for Handling Lint Cotton.
Patent for a new and improved mechanism for handling lint-cotton. This design "has for its object to avoid the accumulation of dust and light particles of fiber in the atmosphere of the gin-house, to greatly reduce the dangers of destructive conflagrations in ginning establishments, to avoid the repeated handling of the cotton between the gins and the press, and to secure a more perfect separation from the cotton of dust and other foreign substances" (lines 8-16).
Patent for improvements in plows: "This invention relates more particularly to double mold board plows, but it is applicable to ordinary sulky and other plows having a rotary colter over the plowshare and friction wheel with acts as a rotating support or sole in rear of the plow" (lines 8-13).
Patent for a printing, ruling, and cutting press of a simple and durable construction. The printing press can print both sides of a sheet of paper and has adjustable guards so that the operator can print any size paper. The machine also provides a "means for regulating the feed of the machine for adapting it to print short or long sections or a newspaper as well as a small tract" (lines 20-22). The machine has two plates opposite each other, the weight of one counterbalances the other so double printing is possible. Any amount of ink can be supplied to the rollers, and adjustable scrapers remove extra ink from the ink drums. The uncut paper can be wound around a device if necessary. A drying-cylinder provides that the printed material has no blurs.
Soil Pulverizer.
Patent for a new and improved soil pulverizer. This design consists in "the combination of rotating blades on a shaft adjustable forward and backward, the driving wheel shaft, the intermediate operating mechanism, and the two transverse shafts . . . the driving-wheels, the multiplying gear-wheels, the two shafts, blades, [the] shaft adjustable forward and backward by means of a lever, frame having recesses for journal-boxes, the lugs on the latter, and the connecting rod" (lines 84-95).
Spoke Socket.
Patent for a new and improved vehicle wheel for "preventing the tire from becoming loose" and "preventing the loosening and rattling of the spokes" (lines 8-11). This design achieves these feats with conically-tipped spokes encased by rubber cushions.
Spring Bed Bottom.
Patent for a new and improved box-spring. This design consists in "[t]he combination of the main frame, the springs having their connecting pieces curved or coiled to form double heart-shaped configurations, the hinged head-rests, the wide bails, movably attached at the ends of their side pieces to the connecting-pieces of the springs at the side edges of the head-rests, and having their middle pieces curved or coiled to form heart-shaped configurations resting upon the tops of the springs of the head-rest, and the coiled wire coiled around all the portions of the springs" (lines 76-87).