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 Collection: Texas Patents
Ant-Trap.

Ant-Trap.

Date: December 8, 1891
Creator: Walker, Stephen A.
Description: Patent for a new type of ant trap that captures ants by having them crawl up a wooden central chamber and then fall into a sheer metal pit. Includes illustrations.
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Improvement in Rotary Dredgers.

Improvement in Rotary Dredgers.

Date: December 21, 1875
Creator: Hawley, Abel
Description: Patent for an improved rotary dredging-machine operated by adjustment from the engine through gearing enabling the manipulation of "a heavier wheel than would otherwise be practicable" (lines 71-72) with illustrations.
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Electric Belt.

Electric Belt.

Date: August 27, 1889
Creator: Everett, Charles
Description: Patent for an electric belt producing "an exceedingly gentle and moderate [current], so as to insure the precise remedial results desired" (lines 91-93) including illustrations.
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Fish-Trap.

Fish-Trap.

Date: March 26, 1889
Creator: Green, John E.
Description: Patent for an improved fish-trap consisting of a net drawn in the rear of two boats with illustrations.
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Wooden Bridge

Wooden Bridge

Date: April 9, 1891
Creator: Ferguson, Benjamin F.
Description: Patent for a wooden bridge with a focus on increased durability of the structure and effective drainage for moisture from the timbers and for the free circulation of air between, around, or through the structure.
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Trundler For Spooled Wire.

Trundler For Spooled Wire.

Date: April 13, 1891
Creator: Smith, Cullen R.
Description: Patent for a trundler for spooled wire that is strong, light, and shapely enough to propel or draw spooled fence-wire, telegraph-wire, or similar material that is coiled upon flanged spools, and distribute the same lines for the manufacture of fences or erection of electric conductors.
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Wrench

Wrench

Date: September 22, 1891
Creator: Rosenburg, Helfred, John
Description: Patent for "new and useful improvements in Wrenches" consisting of "several novel features" including a "revoluble head" (lines 4-5,12, 16-17) with instructions and illustrations.
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Improvement in Tanning.

Improvement in Tanning.

Date: December 5, 1865
Creator: Park, John E.
Description: Patent for improvements in tanning materials: "extractive matter for the manufacture of leather from the wood and bark of the mesquit - a tree of extensive growth on the prairies of western and north western Texas" (lines 9-13).
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Improvement in Fences.

Improvement in Fences.

Date: August 28, 1866
Creator: Seabaugh, Conrad
Description: Patent for improvements in fences: "simple and cheap construction, strong, and durable" (lines 21-22).
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Pedal Attachment for Velocipedes.

Pedal Attachment for Velocipedes.

Date: September 1, 1891
Creator: Wheeler, William
Description: Patent for a new and useful safety attachment “for the pedals of bicycles, tricycles, and other wheeled vehicles operated by the feet through the medium of pedals.” (Lines 9-11) This attachment will form a long bearing for the foot of the rider, thus avoiding dead-centers in the revolutions of the cranks, and to provide means for preventing any slipping of the pedals.” (Lines 12-16) Illustration is included.
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