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Water-Closet Cistern.
Patent for improvements in water closet cisterns: "which are normally empty to prevent freezing and which are only filled just before the flush is desired" (lines 14-16). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth174732/
Improvement In Corn And Cotton-Seed Planters.
This patent is an upgraded corn and seed planter machine that plants corn, cotton, and other types of seeds for mass production. The machine is aligned with the surface of the ground. It does not converse with the plows that are attached to it, freeing up the machine to release seeds proficiently with ease. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth169720/
Nozzle.
Patent for a hose nozzle with increased capacity and efficiency. Includes instructions and illustrations. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth174552/
Rotary-Engine.
Patent for a new and improved rotary engine. This design consists "of a wheel provided with radially-sliding pistons and revolving within a fixed circumferential steam-chest, and having fixed on its axle an eccentric and spring, that operate to throw the pistons or floats outward to receive the pressure of the steam or other motor that is to drive the engine" (lines 19-26). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth169948/
Improvement in Combined Planter and Cultivator.
Patent for "a simple, practical combined planter and cotton and corn cultivator, which shall be easily adjusted and operated, and shall be cheap and durable" (lines 11-12). The patent includes instructions and an illustration. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth165137/
Improvement in Cotton-Cultivator.
Patent for improvements in cotton cultivators. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth165134/
Seed-Planter Attachment.
Patent for "seed-planter attachments; and it has for its object to provide a new and useful machine of this character adapted to simultaneously plant two rows of corn, cotton, or other seed at any desired distance apart and to also provide means for marking the third row at any width from the planter." (Lines 8-15) Includes instructions and illustrations. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth174265/
Improvement in Car-Couplings.
Patent for an improvement to car couplings which would "obviate the necessity and its attendant danger of going between the cars" (lines 17-18) including an illustration. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth169862/
Improvement for Axle-Boxes for Vehicles
Patent for an improvement in axle-boxes for vehicles which incorporates an adjustable tube that may take up the wear on its ends. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166770/
Improvement in Axles for Vehicles
Patent for "an Improvement in Wagon-Axle Skeins" that "has for its object to furnish an improved iron axle for wagons and other vehicles which shall be stronger without being heavier than iron axles made in the ordinary manner." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166778/
Improvement in Whiffletree-Fastenings.
Patent for the improvement of whiffletree fastenings, relating to the means by which single-trees are attached to a double-tree. It includes a description and illustration. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166771/
Oil Press Mat.
Patent for a new and improved oil press mat. This design "is to flexibly connect the metal plates or leaves of a three-leaved oil-press mat in such manner that when the mat with the bags of meal interposed between its leaves is subjected to pressure for the purpose of expressing the oil the parallelism of the leaves will be maintained and endwise shifting of the same prevented. A further object is to provide a fastening . . . which shall be stronger, more durable, and more positive in its functions" (lines 31-41). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth170173/
Apparatus for Barreling Soap-Stock.
Patent for "an apparatus for filling barrels with soap-stock or other thick liquid of similar consistency, the object being to provide a machine whereby the barrels may be filled quickly through the bung-hole." (Lines 12-16) Includes instructions and illustrations. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth174525/
Improvement in Combined Lint-Room and Cotton-Presses.
Patent for the improvement of lint-rooms and cotton presses, including a description and illustrations. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth165260/
Improvement in Seed-Planters.
Patent for improvement of planters. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166521/
Cotton - Bale Ties
Patent for tying the ends of cotton bale wires or bands. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth167000/
Hopper for Leaching Ashes.
Patent for improved ash-hopper that is composed of suitable frame, two side boards, two triangle end boards that can be used to improve leaching ashes. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth170174/
Combined Flour and Meal Bin and Sifter.
Patent for a combined flour and meal bin sifter meant for the kitchen. The amount of flour or meal put into the machine does not matter, and the sifter may be removed when desired. The sifted material is directed into a container, and the end of the chute can be closed when not in use. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth174369/
Improvement in Car-Journal Boxes.
Patent for the improvement in car-journal boxes. This invention "relates to oil-boxes used upon journals of car-axles, the object being to prevent the lid from shaking off of the oil-stop or oil-packing surrounding the axle to be removed and replaced by a new one without removing the box from the journal." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth169786/
Car Door Fastening.
Patent for a new and improved car-door fastening. This design "consists in a novel construction and arrangement of a staple, a hook-hasp, key, and a key-plate, whereby several advantages are obtained . . . for securing the sliding doors of box-cars and other railway-cars" (lines 8-14). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth170146/
Telephone-Transmitter.
Patent for "a simple transmitter in which the greatest volume of sound may be transmitted without causing grating or rattling." (Lines 8-11) Includes instructions and illustrations. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth174646/
Telephone-Transmitter.
Patent for a granulated-electrode phone transmitter that is designed to be simple and "constructed so that the granulated-electrode cannot become displaced from the cell" (lines 10-12). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth174611/
Telephone-Transmitter.
Patent for a telephone-transmitter "with a diaphragm and carbon button carried thereby, of a spring-supported flaring conical carbon-cell provided with a flange covered with soft material and resting on the carbon button carried by the diaphragm, the carbon-cell being filled with granulated carbon resting in contact with the carbon button" (lines 13-19). This is meant to optimize the volume of sound being transmitted. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth174413/
Improvement in Cultivators.
Patent for the improvement of cultivators using adjustable blades and is adaptable to use different types of blades for a variety of other uses, including illustration. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth165114/
Improvement in Churn-Motors
Patent for an improvement in churn-motors, which would allow for the motor to run faster or slower as needed, with illustration. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth169764/
Improvement in Paper Bags.
Patent for an improvement in paper bags with design specifications and a description of their functionality and usage, including illustrations. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth169748/
Improvement in Fruit-Corers.
Patent for a device to core fruit and cut it into slices. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166812/
Improvement in Curing Meat, &c.
Patent for curing meat using an air-tight brine vacuum to heat and purify the meat, including illustrations. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth165027/
Car-Coupling.
Patent for "pin-and-link car-couplings to enable the same to couple automatically and to be readily uncoupled without going between cars, and to provide means for holding the link in substantially a horizontal position for guiding it into the mouth of a draw-head to avoid going between cars and guiding the link by hand." (Lines 12-19) Includes instructions and illustrations. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth174573/
Cotton-Chopper.
Patent for improvements in cotton-chopper by using a combination of revolving disk, fender disks, a rotary shaft and cultivator-blades to construct a machine that is able to thin and cultivate cotton. Illustration is included. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth172803/
Improvement in Car-Couplings.
Patent for "an improved car-coupling simple in construction, convenient in use, and effective and reliable in operation." (lines 12-14) e.g., including illustration. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166798/
Car-Door.
Patent for "an improved freight car door so supported that it will not be shaken or jarred off and can be easily opened and closed at all times no matter how heavily loaded the car may be." (Lines 16-20) Includes instructions and illustrations. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth173930/
Clothes-Pounder.
Patent for improvements in atmospheric clothes pounders: "Dividing the outer section into compartments so that air in escaping is distributed evenly from all sides of the pounder instead of escaping in a body from one side, whenever the pounder strikes a wad or knot of cloths and is tipped sidewise; it also makes the suction better" (lines 49-55). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth173409/
Improvement in Devices for Teaching Musical Transposition.
Patent for an improvement in devices for teaching musical transposition. The invention in question is composed of a keyboard "with sliding instruments and scales" (1). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166598/
Gas-Compressor.
Patent for gas compressors for ice and refrigeration machines, with instructions and illustrations. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth172928/
Improvement in Ant Traps
Patent for the improvement of Ant traps, including to illustrated and labeled figures. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166842/
Improvement in Apparatus for Preserving Meat, &c.
Patent for "an improved apparatus for use in fumigating substances used as food; and also for impregnating water with sulphurous-acid gas, for the purpose of preserving such substances by the antiseptic quality of sulphur" (lines 9-14). Includes instructions and illustrations. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166751/
Improvement in Wheel-Plows
Patent for a wheel plow designed to be simple, durable, easily controlled, and of light draft. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166664/
Ink-Bottle.
Patent for improvements in in bottles: "it consists, essentially, of a hexagonal or analogous polygonal shaped body having dip cups arranged adjacent to one and thereof at such angles as to regulate the flow by turning the body and bringing it to bear on different bases." (lines 12-17). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth174768/
Baling-Press.
Patent for a baling-press meant to bale cotton. In this machine, "the power as applied to the plunger is increased in proportion to the resistance offered by the material being baled and whereby the forward movement of the plunger is automatically checked at the limit of its path and is returned to its initial positioin without effort upon the part of the operator" (lines 10-17). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth174490/
Electrode for Secondary Batteries.
Patent for improvements in the manufacture of electrodes for storage batteries or accumulators by using “two corresponding plates, each having flanges on three sides of one face, said plates being united to form a central space open at top by securing together corresponding flanges on the respective plates.” (Lines 5-9, page 2) Illustration is included. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth172728/
Improvement in Brooms.
Patent for improvement in the manufacture of corn brooms. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth165289/
Book-Holder for Reading-Stands.
Patent for "a book holder especially designed to receive large books for reference, such as a dictionary for example, and to so construct the mechanism of the holder that a cradle will be provided for the reception of the book, which cradle will be adapted to be carried upward and outward from the holder in a manner which will bring the book in proper position for consultation, and which mechanism will also act to lower the book, without jar or injury to it, within the holder when the book is no longer required." (Lines 14-26) Includes instructions and illustrations. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth173787/
Churn.
Patent for improvements to churns, "and has special reference to what are known as 'vibrating-dasher' churns." (lines 11-12) Includes instructions and illustrations. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth172953/
Animal-Trap.
Patent for improvements in animal-traps that would be capable of catching two animals; to set the trap, bait is placed upon the hooked ends of the bait-hooks, the jaws are elevated and retained in a position by the link-catches, which have the lower hooked ends engaging the trigger, which has its free end engaging the eye at the inner end of the bait hooks, thus setting the trap, (lines 66-73) ready to catch animals. Illustration is included. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth172686/
Elevated Railway.
Patent for improvements in elevated railways: "provide simple means for regulating and adjusting the weight of the car so as to throw the preponderence thereof upon either the upper or the lower track or to equally divide the weight so that each track bear a like proportion" (lines 12-17). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth173706/
Hame.
Patent for a harness-hame and "contemplates the provision of improved means forming a part of the hames for securing the trace-chains thereto; also the provision of an improved trace-link adapted for connection with said securing means in a manner to insure maximum strength" (lines 15-21). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth174145/
Hame-Fastener.
Patent for a new kind of fastener for draft animal harnesses that is inexpensive and has no springs or buckles. Illustration included. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth172856/
Hame-Fastener.
Patent for a simple and inexpensive hame-fastener that has "two adjustable parts, one of which is provided with hooks to be engaged by means on the other part" (lines 11-13). The invention is adjustable and does not unlock or disengage accidentally but can easily be unlocked on purpose. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth174117/
Locking Joints for Railway-Rail Joints.
Patent for a locking device for railway-rail joints. It improves how the meeting rail ends are fastened, and prevents accidental disconnection. It is "a locking fish-plate having keyhole bolt-slots, the narrow portion of the slots having inclined sides, the inclination diminishing gradually toward the end, and double-headed bolts, one of the heads being tapered, whereby the bolt is subjected to a double wedging action" (lines 56-61). A face-plate is perforated and receives the tapered heads and securing-rivets. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth174324/
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