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Oscillating Engine

Oscillating Engine

Date: February 26, 1884
Creator: Gilbert, John Oakley
Description: Patent for improvements to oscillating steam engines, including illustrations and instructions.
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Lubricator.

Lubricator.

Date: March 4, 1884
Creator: Bissett, Jean
Description: Patent for a new and improved lubricator. This design "relates to improvements in that class of lubricators wherein the oil reservoir or vessel is provided with a discharge-pipe passing through the bottom to the point of delivery, and rising within the reservoir to near its top, the steam rising in such pipe condensing and falling by gravity to the bottom of the reservoir, thus displacing the oil, and causing it to rise and flow down through the pipe to the parts to be lubricated" (lines 8-17).
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Car Wheel.

Car Wheel.

Date: March 25, 1884
Creator: Melvin, Josiah W. & Clute, William H.
Description: Patent for a new and improved car wheel. This design "consists in the combination, with a railroad-car axle having wheel-bearings of equal diameter throughout their whole lengths, of wheels the peripheries of which are provided with central flanges dividing each into two treads, the said wheels adapted to be pressed on the said bearings aforesaid, and to be removed therefrom, reversed, and again pressed thereon whenever the wear of the first tread shall render the same necessary" (lines 12-21).
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Rotary Engine.

Rotary Engine.

Date: April 22, 1884
Creator: Griffin, George L.; Shoup, William A. & Cade, James Robert
Description: Patent for improvements to rotary engine designs.
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Tongs.

Tongs.

Date: April 29, 1884
Creator: Wood, William E.
Description: Patent for new and improved tongs. This design "relates to certain devices for preventing the legs of tongs from twisting, overlapping, or becoming cross-legged. This is a common fault in almost all tongs when the joint wears a little loose, and is entirely overcome and prevented by [this] invention" (lines 19-24).
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Nut Lock.

Nut Lock.

Date: June 10, 1884
Creator: Campbell, Eli F.; Noble, Laroy C. & Howe, Milton G.
Description: Patent for a new and improved nut lock. This design "is to provide a spring-washer of great stiffness and strength, which, when applied to a bolt beneath a nut, serves to prevent the latter from turning, and also acts to firmly hold the parts of a rail-joint after there has been some wear thereof, thus keeping the bolts from becoming loose and rattling from such wear" (lines 13-20).
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Nut Lock.

Nut Lock.

Date: July 1, 1884
Creator: Campbell, Eli F.; Noble, Laroy C. & Howe, Milton G.
Description: Patent for a new and improved nut lock. This design "consists of a volute spring-washer which is formed of a stiff or steel strong plate that is coiled or set up in . . . an edgewise manner, and is provided with one or more projections or spurs on its top and bottom surfaces, adapted to engage with the under side of the nut and the fish-plate or other object, said spurs or projections being formed on the top and the bottom edges of the inner and outer coils of the spring-washer" (lines 20-29).
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Combined Satchel and Pillow.

Combined Satchel and Pillow.

Date: August 19, 1884
Creator: Kiam, Benjamin
Description: Patent for a new and improved combined satchel and pillow. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with a valise or satchel, of an airbag permanently incorporated in the same to form one of the sides thereof, and having a mouthpiece upon the exterior of the valise, whereby the bag may be inflated without opening the valise" (lines 62-67).
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Life Raft.

Life Raft.

Date: September 9, 1884
Creator: Adams, John R.
Description: Patent for boat state rooms that convert into life rafts.
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Baling Press.

Baling Press.

Date: December 16, 1884
Creator: Hampton, John Andrew
Description: Patent for a new and improved baling press. This design "relates to certain improvements in portable and stationary baling-presses more especially designed for baling hay; and the invention consists in the construction, arrangement, and combination of parts" (lines 6-10).
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