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Amalgamator.

Amalgamator.

Date: September 12, 1882
Creator: Schmidt, Erich Franz & Streernwitz, William Henry
Description: Patent for a new and improved amalgamator. This design "consists in placing in the bottoms of the chambers a number of iron balls or other suitable-shaped pieces of amalgamated iron, which have sufficient room to move freely among themselves, and then forcing up through the balls or pieces of iron, in contradistinction to forcing it down over their tops, the amalgamated ore and water, so as to cause the pieces of iron to vibrate, and thus to grind and break the pieces of quartz passing up through them" (lines 14-24).
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Apparatus for Cooking Cotton-Seed Meal.

Apparatus for Cooking Cotton-Seed Meal.

Date: August 27, 1895
Creator: Dabney, Benjamin & Yopp, William I.
Description: Patent for an apparatus for cooking cotton-seed meal meant to get the maximum amount of oil for the meal used and puts moisture into dry meal and evaporates excess moisture in meal. Meal is continuously supplied through the machine and water-bath. The steam does not burn or harm the meal.
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Apparatus for Heating up Locomotive-Boilers.

Apparatus for Heating up Locomotive-Boilers.

Date: January 21, 1896
Creator: Connor, John T.
Description: Patent for an "apparatus for kindling fires in locomotives; and it is intended to provide an improved apparatus by which the fires may be rapidly and economically kindled and steam may be gotten up without much of the tedious delay now ordinarily incident to raising steam in a cold locomotive-boiler." (Lines 13-19) Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Attachment for Bicycles.

Attachment for Bicycles.

Date: June 29, 1897
Creator: Saunders, David Robert
Description: Patent for a package-carrying device that attaches to the frame of a bicycle. Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Attachment for Penholders.

Attachment for Penholders.

Date: November 12, 1895
Creator: McDonald, Michael Shaw
Description: Patent for a simple and effective attachment for penholders. It is "readily and easily attached to a penholder, and which is adapted to protect the fingers of the hand and prevent them from coming in contact with the pen or with the inked portion of the holder" (lines 15-19).
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Axle.

Axle.

Date: March 31, 1891
Creator: Stewart, John A.
Description: Patent for improvement in axles by using a “combination of a bar, two skeins and means for holding the skeins in place upon the bar,” (lines 17-18) includes illustration.
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Bale-Band Tightener

Bale-Band Tightener

Date: October 5, 1897
Creator: Duval, John L.
Description: Patent for a bale-band tightener, for "baling-presses; and its object is to provide a new and improved bale-band tightener which is simple and durable in construction and arranged to permit the operator to conveniently place the bands in position and fasten the ends together after the bale is pressed." (Lines 7-13)
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Bale Tie.

Bale Tie.

Date: July 24, 1883
Creator: Arnold, Abbott
Description: Patent for a new and improved bale tie. This design "consists of a short thin plate of metal having two tongues . . . fronting each other, said plate being pivoted at one end to the bale-hoop . . . the other end of the bale-hoop being passed under the tongues and drawn tightly around the bale, the expansion of the bale on the hoop causes the respective ends to pull on the respective ends of the tie-plate . . . so as to grip the edges of the end passed between the tongues and hold it firmly" (lines 7-19).
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Bicycle-Holder.

Bicycle-Holder.

Date: February 11, 1896
Creator: McKanna, John J.
Description: Patent for a bicycle-holder that holds the bicycle upright. It consists of "a pair of plates clamped upon a portion of the frame of a bicycle, two pairs of ears formed integral with and depending from said plates, one pair of ears being formed convcavo-convex to form a socket between them and constructed with semicircular notches in their lower edges, a rod having a ball or spherical body on its upper end that is located and held for movement in the so formed socket, a lug formed integral with the lower end of one of the remaining pair of ears, and an arm pivoted between said remaining pair of ears, said arm having a bifurcated lower end that engages the rim or tire of the front wheel of the bicycle" (lines 40-54).
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Brick-Machine.

Brick-Machine.

Date: May 30, 1848
Creator: Wilson, Robert
Description: Patent for a machine, which the inventor calls "The Concussion Brick-Machine", that makes bricks using molds, including illustrations.
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