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Cotton Chopper.

Cotton Chopper.

Date: November 17, 1885
Creator: Greer, John I.; Harper, Wiley M. & Greer, John
Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton chopper. This design "consists in combining with a frame a roller of any desired width and size having one or more slots or openings in its periphery, and so mounted as to roll over and crush the stand of cotton, except those portions which enter the slots or openings referred to, which regulate the distance apart at which the portions of the stand are left remaining" (lines 19-27).
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Brace Wire Fastening for Wire Fences.

Brace Wire Fastening for Wire Fences.

Date: September 22, 1885
Creator: Lott, Arthur
Description: Patent for a new and improved brace-wire fastening for wire fences. This design consists "[i]n a fence, the combination, with the panel wires, of the braces with their ends hooked upon one and the same side of the upper and lower panel-wires, and said braces being stepped to receive and applied to the opposite side of the intermediate panel-wires, and the tri-armed or T-shaped clasps with their arms embracing the panel-wires and the braces at their points of intersection" (lines 81-89).
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Clock Striking Mechanism.

Clock Striking Mechanism.

Date: September 22, 1885
Creator: Witherspoon, Frank.
Description: Patent for a new and improved clock-chimes. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the chime of bells in the clock case, of the wheel having the lateral pins, the rock-shaft, a lever extending from the rock-shaft and engaging the said pins, and the hammer arms respectively connected with the rock-shaft by the short arm" (lines 21-26).
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Adding Machine.

Adding Machine.

Date: September 22, 1885
Creator: McCaleb, John L.
Description: Patent for a new and improved adding machine. This design "consists in the combination, with a box, of a spindle in the same, a sleeve surrounding the spindle, a hand on the spindle, a hand on the sleeve, devices for turning the spindle from the sleeve, a cog-wheel revolving from the spindle, and an extra hand in connection with the cog-wheel" (lines 10-16).
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Reversible Harness Hame.

Reversible Harness Hame.

Date: September 29, 1885
Creator: Lewis, Lewis
Description: Patent for a new and improved hame. This design consists "of wood, properly curved to conform to the configuration of a horse-collar, and having their front and rear sides shaped alike, so that they may be applied interchangeably to the right or left sides to the collar. To accomplish such result [the design] provide[s] each hame with a swiveling trace attachment" (lines 7-14).
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Wash Boiler.

Wash Boiler.

Date: September 29, 1885
Creator: Wilson, Homer T.
Description: Patent for a new and improved wash-boiler. This design "consists in, first, the combination of the boiler and revolving drum placed therein, with the steam-generator secured to the bottom of the boiler, and a steam motor or engine for revolving the drum; second, the combination of the boiler, a revolving-drum placed therein, and the steam-generator with a tank for clear water, and a suitable chamber and valves for connecting the tank and generator together" (lines 13-22).
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Coin Sorter.

Coin Sorter.

Date: September 22, 1885
Creator: Harcourt, Guy M.
Description: Patent for a new and improved coin sorter. This design "consists of a cabinet or coin-receptacle divided horizontally by a vertical series of drawers, each of which, except the lower one, is formed with a bottom that is provided with closely-set rows of circular openings that communicate with the drawers beneath, the openings in the bottom of each drawer being smaller than those in the bottom of the next drawer above, whereby the larger coins are retained in the upper drawer or drawers, while the smaller coins will pass successively through the several drawers to the bottom" (lines 15-27).
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Hame Fastener.

Hame Fastener.

Date: September 29, 1885
Creator: Hake, Francis A.
Description: Patent for a new and improved hame-fastener. This design "consists of an adjustable regulating fastener for the upper and lower ends of the hames, and this fastener is further provided with a swinging loop, to which the breast-strap may be attached on the lower fastener and the strap on the upper fastener when desired" (lines 19-25).
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Ink Fountain for Printing Machines.

Ink Fountain for Printing Machines.

Date: September 29, 1885
Creator: Bomar, Thomas E.
Description: Patent for a new and improved ink fountain for printing machines. This design consists in "[t]he combination of the shell-shaped frame having an inclined bottom, a hole in the lower part of the front end wall, and a socket provided with a thumb-screw, a vertical arm passing through the said socket and provided with a clamp at its lower end, a roller for distributing ink, journaled at the front of the shell and vertically adjustable therewith, and the removable reservoir having a gate, an inclined bottom, and an opening corresponding with the hole in the shell" (lines 17-27).
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Pump.

Pump.

Date: September 18, 1888
Creator: Vanmeter, James Wright
Description: Patent for an improvement in pumps.
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