Spring Bed-Bottom.

Spring Bed-Bottom.

Date: August 8, 1854
Creator: Meriwether, William Hunter
Description: Patent for the improvement of bedsteads using a spring bottom-construction with zig-zag wire, including illustration.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Wire Fence.

Wire Fence.

Date: November 8, 1853
Creator: Meriwether, William H.
Description: Patent for wire fencing using wooden and iron posts to be more readily seen by cattle, including illustration.
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Improvement in Draw-Gages.

Improvement in Draw-Gages.

Date: June 25, 1878
Creator: Tays, John Henry
Description: Patent for improving the manner in which leather straps may be cut and avoid slippage.
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Improvement in Glass Globes or Reservoirs for Lamps.

Improvement in Glass Globes or Reservoirs for Lamps.

Date: April 16, 1872
Creator: Otto, Adolph
Description: Patent for an "invention to prevent the breaking of glass globes used in kerosene lamps as reservoirs for the burning fluid; and this invention consists in the application around the reservoir of a rubber ring let into a groove, but projecting sufficiently to receive the concussion in case the lamp is overthrown." (Lines 10-16) Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Improvement in Cotton-Tie Stretchers.

Improvement in Cotton-Tie Stretchers.

Date: August 22, 1871
Creator: Mather, Samuel
Description: Patent for an improvement for an instrument to stretch and tie a band around a cotton bale.
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Improvement in Wheel-Plows.

Improvement in Wheel-Plows.

Date: September 5, 1871
Creator: Coreth, Rudolph
Description: Patent for an improvement in wheel plows made so that "the plowing may be done by passing back and forth in parallel lines" (lines 17-18).
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[Portrait of a Baby in a Wicker Chair]

[Portrait of a Baby in a Wicker Chair]

Date: unknown
Creator: Hildebrandt
Description: Portrait of a baby sitting in a wicker chair wearing a white gown. The photograph is matted, and the photographer's name and location are printed at the bottom.
Contributing Partner: Gillespie County Historical Society
Neu Braunfels in Texas

Neu Braunfels in Texas

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Steel engraving print of New Braunfels, Texas, from Meyer's Universum
Contributing Partner: Star of the Republic Museum
Portable Dark Room.

Portable Dark Room.

Date: February 28, 1882
Creator: Serdinko, John
Description: Patent for a new and improved portable dark room. This design "consists in a box provided with an opening in one side and a sleeve of pliable material extending outward from this opening, which box contains two smaller boxes for receiving the exposed and unexposed dry plates. The box is provided with a handle for carrying it" (lines 13-19).
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Saddle-Tree Fork.

Saddle-Tree Fork.

Date: February 17, 1880
Creator: Mittendorf, Gustav Adolph
Description: Patent for a new and improved saddle-tree fork. This design "strengthen[s] the iron fork by means of a bent wooden part" (lines 14-15). It also utilizes ribs running into and through the neck cavity, which strengthens the neck of the saddle, as when bearing the strain of a lasso.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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