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Animal Shears.

Animal Shears.

Date: December 9, 1884
Creator: Carter, Francis W.
Description: Patent for new and improved animal shears. This design is "to secure an equal wear of the teeth of the stationary and the revolving cutter-plates . . . whereby the instrument may be run double the usual time before it is necessary to grind the plates, and enabling the tool to be used as a right or a left hand cutter; also, to render the cutters separable without arresting the motion of the rotary blade . . . also, to provide means whereby the rotation of the cutter may be reversed . . . finally, to provide a simple device for throwing the miter-gears into and out of mesh" (lines 15-29).
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Banker's Daily-Balance Index.

Banker's Daily-Balance Index.

Date: April 30, 1895
Creator: Thomas, Thomas Parry
Description: Patent for a banker's daily-balance index meant to "promote the speed and accuracy of book-keepers in keeping the personal daily balance ledger in banking and other like business" (lines 9-12). The patent is for a piece of paper divided with ink into strips on the front and back.
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Bed Bottom Spring.

Bed Bottom Spring.

Date: January 17, 1882
Creator: Jarrett, Joshua V.
Description: Patent for new and improved bed springs. Due to this design's construction, "in addition to the support furnished by the top spirals, the platform furnishes a broad level bearing for the mattress and prevents sagging between the springs or injury to the mattress itself. Also, the parallels, being springs in themselves, additional comfort and elasticity are added to the bed, and the springs themselves are more readily adapted to the varying width of the slats of different beds" (lines 25-34).
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Bridle.

Bridle.

Date: August 19, 1884
Creator: Roeber, Alexander.
Description: Patent for a new and improved bridle. This design "consists in a novel manner of constructing driving-bridles, whereby a leverage upon the bit and curb proportionate to the needs of any particular occasion may be drawn up so that it will be impossible to hold the bit out of control of the driver" (lines 7-14).
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Car-Door.

Car-Door.

Date: June 12, 1894
Creator: Mooney, Patrick T.
Description: Patent for "sliding doors for freight cars, stock cars, &c., in which the car door is suspended at its upper end by means of suitable hangers engaging a track or guide rail extended above and to one side of the door-way in such manner that the door, when unfastened, may be made to slide sidewise to give access to the interior of the car." (Lines 8-16) Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Clothes-Pounder.

Clothes-Pounder.

Date: August 14, 1894
Creator: Lewis, Nathan D.
Description: Patent for an improved clothes washer that is made up of a cylinder, a piston that is two disks attached together with notches and flared edges, and a packing strip in the groove of the disk edges.
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Combination-Tool.

Combination-Tool.

Date: May 18, 1897
Creator: Swenson, Charles E. & Swenson, Olive C.
Description: Patent for a combination tool "specifically adapted for use as a pan or plate lifter or a stove-lid lifter and which may also be used for holding dishes while being washed" (lines 4-7), including illustrations.
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Combined Halter and Weaning-Muzzle.

Combined Halter and Weaning-Muzzle.

Date: July 7, 1896
Creator: Schow, Ottinus E.
Description: Patent for a combined halter and weaning muzzle, "the halter being adapted for use independently of the muzzle and the latter being detachably connected to the halter" (lines 17-19). The halter is "the combination of a chin-strap and nose-band made in one piece and a weaning nose-band" (lines 18-20).
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Cotton Chopper and Cultivator.

Cotton Chopper and Cultivator.

Date: May 15, 1883
Creator: Pettitt, Francis Alexander.
Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton chopper and cultivator. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the chopper-handle, of the notched-roller, the mortised cross-beam, having the pivot across its mortise or hole, and the spring, attached to an upright, and the handle, whereby the chopper may be operated" (lines 73-78).
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Cotton-Stalk-Breaking Machine.

Cotton-Stalk-Breaking Machine.

Date: June 26, 1894
Creator: Grimland, Yeren & Ringness, John J.
Description: Patent for a simple and economical stalk breaking machine "which shall admit of the team straddling the adjoining row, and the driving wheel to run in the furrow or stubble" (lines 11-13). The driver sits on one side so they do not get hit with debris. The frame and stalk breakers mechanism are mounted on the running gear of a mower or reaper, and is easily disconnected.
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