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Pruning Implement.

Pruning Implement.

Date: August 17, 1886
Creator: Bartly, Robert
Description: Patent for a new and improved pruner. This design "has relation to that class of pruning elements in which a concave chisel-edge is formed in the upper end of the blade and one concave jaw of a pair of pruning-shears is formed at the lower end of the blade, while a saw is attached to one side of the blade and a pivoted jaw is attached to the lower end, operating together with the lower concave edge, and it contemplates certain improvements upon the pruning implement [of an earlier patent]" (lines 19-29).
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Steam Engine, &c.

Steam Engine, &c.

Date: December 11, 1883
Creator: Barton, Alexander M. & Davis, Philip Z.
Description: Patent for a new and improved engine. This design "connect[s] the piston-rod of the steam-cylinder with the disk or crank that is attached to the fly-wheel shaft by means of a lever, or a disk acting as such, in a manner that enables the piston-rod to operate upon its connecting-bar in a longitudinal direction . . . thereby [avoiding] angular vibration of the connecting-rod and reduc[ing] friction of sliding surfaces" (lines 15-25).
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Steam-Engine.

Steam-Engine.

Date: November 10, 1896
Creator: Barton, James
Description: Patent for a steam-engine that has "no dead-center" (lines 15-16), and "a volume of one full port will always be exerted on a piston" (lines 18-19). "The full power of the steam will be applied when the crank is on the quarter and there is the greatest leverage in favor of the engine" (lines 21-24). Steam supply is regulated automatically and has a shutoff system in case anything breaks.
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Trace-Carrier.

Trace-Carrier.

Date: June 23, 1891
Creator: Barton, Samuel Jones
Description: Patent for improvements in trace-carriers in which it would “provide each with a buckle or similar means that can be attached to the back-band of a harness for horses. The purpose is to provide means to a trace-chain which may be readily inserted in the carrier to prevent from removal, either accidentally or otherwise, so long as the carrier remains in position for service.” (Lines 12-20) Illustration is included.
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Combined Cotton Chopper and Scraper.

Combined Cotton Chopper and Scraper.

Date: September 14, 1886
Creator: Basham, Wesley Houston
Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton chopper and scraper. This design consists of "the frame, the arms or standards pivoted to the said frame and carrying the chopping hoes or plows, the rock-shafts having the arms connected to the standards or [other] arms, and the [third] arms, and the rotating crank-shaft connected to the [third] arms, whereby the standards or arms will be caused to alternately approach and recede from each other as the machine advances" (lines 52-61).
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Cotton Scraper.

Cotton Scraper.

Date: October 19, 1886
Creator: Basham, Wesley Houston
Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton scraper. This design consists in "the vertical standard having the horizontal reardwardly-extending arm at its lower end, the cotton-scraper attached to the said arm and extending rearwardly and outwardly therefrom, and having the upturned curved broadened rear end forming the blade, and the clip-bolts and clamping-plate to secure the standard to the plow-standard and permit the said standard to be vertically adjusted" (lines 82-91).
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Cotton Gin.

Cotton Gin.

Date: August 22, 1882
Creator: Basom, Ransford W.
Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton gin. This design calls for the circular saw blades of the gin to pass through two metal ribs, one of which aligns with the tip of the saw teeth, while the other aligns with the root of the saw teeth.
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Improvement In Machines For Filing Saws.

Improvement In Machines For Filing Saws.

Date: August 19, 1879
Creator: Basom, Ransford W.
Description: Patent for improvements in the construction of machines for filing saws. Description of the construction and illustrations are attached.
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Improvement in Single-Trees.

Improvement in Single-Trees.

Date: December 18, 1877
Creator: Bass, Thomas Gibson
Description: Patent for "a new and useful improvement in Wooden Single-Trees" (lines 3-4), "for plows and other similar drafts" (lines 15-16), including instructions and illustrations.
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Animal-Trap.

Animal-Trap.

Date: March 17, 1891
Creator: Bassinger, Stephen
Description: Patent for an improved animal trap for “catching small animals in a trap which will be ever set and in operative position for catching an animal and which will be automatically reset” (lines 10-13), illustration is included.
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