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Hat and Towel Holder.

Hat and Towel Holder.

Date: November 24, 1885
Creator: Mathews, William
Description: Patent for a new and improved hat and towel holder. This design is "compris[ed of] a base-piece . . . having arms and a cylinder cast in one piece therewith, the arms and cylinder being arranged in a horizontal position near each end of the base-plate, and connected together at their outer ends by the vertical arm, and a plunger provided with the finger-piece having a coiled spring arranged in said cylinder, and adapted to bear against the base-plate to provide a support for the coat or towel" (lines 7-17).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Gate Latch.

Gate Latch.

Date: November 24, 1885
Creator: Mathews, William
Description: Patent for a new and improved gate latch. This design consists "[i]n a gate-catch, the combination, with the gate and post of a cylinder having perforated lugs and removable heads, a locking-bolt, working in the cylinder and projecting above the plane of the gate, the said rod having a reduced portion or shoulder, a squared portion, and a right-angled locking foot, a spring arranged in the cylinder and secured at one end to the locking-bolt, and a horizontal catch-plate having beveled side edges and perforated lugs for securing the plate to the post" (lines 63-73).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Pipe-Wrench.

Pipe-Wrench.

Date: May 2, 1893
Creator: Smith, Jay & Gage, Charles H.
Description: Patent for an improved pipe wrench that has "a pair of fixed but reversible jaws, attached to the shank of the wrench on each side thereof, and a movable, hooked jaw pivoted between the heels of the fixed jaws" (lines 15-18).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Corn or Cotton Planter.

Corn or Cotton Planter.

Date: October 30, 1888
Creator: Womack, George Edwin
Description: Patent for a new and improved planter. This design consists in "[t]he combination of the frame, the seed-tube secured therein, the box secured around the upper end of the seed-tube and having the upper beveled edge, the hopper having its lower end resting on the said beveled edge, and the straps secured to the hopper and the box" (lines 52-58).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Wire Stretcher and Splicer.

Wire Stretcher and Splicer.

Date: May 26, 1896
Creator: Massey, Joseph Borygard
Description: Patent for "a wire-patcher by which the wire rails of fences may be spliced when broken and stretched when any slack occurs." (Lines 16-18) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Nail Receptacle.

Nail Receptacle.

Date: November 23, 1886
Creator: Mathews, William
Description: Patent for a new and improved nail receptacle. This design consists in "a carrying-frame having a cross-beam provided with a rack, in combination with a swinging receptacle journaled in the frame and having enlarged rear end normally resting against the beam to elevate the discharge end thereof, and a detaining bar or rod pivoted to the under side of and carried by the swinging receptacle, and having a projecting lip adapted to engage the rack and retain the receptacle in its adjusted position" (lines 38-48).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Portrait of Boy

Portrait of Boy

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of a young boy who may be "Uncle Elmer" standing in front of a chair and blanket.
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
Wilburn Oatman, Sr.

Wilburn Oatman, Sr.

Date: February 1937
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Wilburn Oatman, Sr., outstanding civic leader and practicing lawyer from Llano, Texas in February 1937. He is wearing a suit and standing on a sidewalk.
Contributing Partner: Cattle Raisers Museum
Wilburn Oatman, Sr.

Wilburn Oatman, Sr.

Date: February 1937
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Wilburn Oatman, Sr., outstanding civic leader and practicing lawyer from Llano, Texas in February 1937. He is wearing a suit and standing on a sidewalk.
Contributing Partner: Cattle Raisers Museum
Wilburn Oatman, Sr.

Wilburn Oatman, Sr.

Date: February 1937
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Wilburn Oatman, Sr., outstanding civic leader and practicing lawyer from Llano, Texas in February 1937. He is wearing a suit and standing on a sidewalk.
Contributing Partner: Cattle Raisers Museum
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