Corn and Cotton Planter.

Corn and Cotton Planter.

Date: September 8, 1885
Creator: Williams, George W. & Hook, Joseph
Description: Patent for a new and improved planter. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the main frame . . . provided with the hopper, covers, and transporting-wheel, of the vibrating-lever pivoted at its lower end to the side of the frame, and pivoted at its middle to the lateral arm, secured to the feed-slide and operated by means of the pitman, which is connected at its lower end to the crank-axle, the upper end thereof being pivoted to the upper end of the lever" (lines 17-26).
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Improvement in Rotary Spade-Cultivators

Improvement in Rotary Spade-Cultivators

Date: December 7, 1875
Creator: Brodnax, David W., Sr.
Description: Patent for a rotary spade-cultivator that is secured to a frame, which is attached to the rear of a vehicle.
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Improvement in Tug Attachments for Harness.

Improvement in Tug Attachments for Harness.

Date: January 23, 1877
Creator: Brodnax, David W.
Description: Patent for improving the tug-harness attachments on a horse harness to better lock straps in place.
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Improvement in Bale-Ties.

Improvement in Bale-Ties.

Date: June 11, 1878
Creator: Rutherford, William Bryson & Hawkins, Joel Turnham
Description: Patent for an improved bale-tie with a description of the tool and specifications for its usage, includes illustrations.
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Car-Coupling.

Car-Coupling.

Date: September 29, 1896
Creator: Krusinski, Ferdinand
Description: Patent for an improvement on car-couplers, "especially to the class of hook-and-catch couplers in which the sides of the jaws of the coupler securely hold a link between the same by means of a downwardly-extending hook, the sides of the upper jaw carrying the said hook extending down over the sides of the under jaw, thus protecting the jaws from a lateral jar or pressure, the lower jaw being provided with a series of recesses at different angles, which are designed to receive the end of the link when held in different positions" (lines 16-27). The car-coupler also has a gravity member.
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Rail-Joint.

Rail-Joint.

Date: September 29, 1896
Creator: Krusinski, Ferdinand
Description: Patent for improvements in railway-rail joints, including "a means for adjusting the rails whereby a tight joint may be produced at any season of the year when the expansion and contraction of the metal with the varying temperatures cause the joints to become loose and the track uneven;" (lines 16-21) "suitable rail-carrying bed-pieces, made of metal and grooved to receive the rail;" (lines 23-24) and "brackets on its under side which are adapted to brace against the railway-ties, and suitable pins or integral lugs which engage with the tie to hold it firmly in place." (Lines 34-38) Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Combined Door-Bell and Mail-Receiver.

Combined Door-Bell and Mail-Receiver.

Date: September 22, 1896
Creator: Key, Joseph H.; Brevard, Horace & Purifoy, William R.
Description: Patent for a door-bell joined with a tray or card-receiver, which is installed in a door. "When pulled out it will bring said tray outside the door to receive a card, letter, or package or any mail-matter, and when released will carry it inside the door again" (lines 11-15). The bell goes off when the tray, which has a toothed edge that engages the bell-hammer, is released.
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Clevis.

Clevis.

Date: June 14, 1898
Creator: Taylor, George H.
Description: Patent for certain new and useful improvements in clevises, including instructions and illustrations.
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Machine for Forming Wire Articles.

Machine for Forming Wire Articles.

Date: February 21, 1893
Creator: Porter, Louis H.
Description: Patent for an improved machine that makes wire coils, springs, pins, and similar wire formations. "The invention has for its objects to provide a simple, cheap and durable device or machine for the purpose named which can be easily operated and capable of turning out a large number of the articles with the expenditure of the minimum amount of time and labor" (lines 22-28).
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Brace.

Brace.

Date: September 2, 1890
Creator: Henderson, William H.
Description: Patent for a new and improved brace. This design consists in "[t]he combination . . . of the cistern or its equivalent having internal circumferential seats and the brace-sections having edge flanges fitted to said seats and having such flanges cut away at one end, whereby the section may fit at one end in the end of the adjacent section" (lines 30-36).
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