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Hopper for Leaching Ashes.

Hopper for Leaching Ashes.

Date: June 7, 1881
Creator: Alexander, Abbington B.
Description: Patent for improved ash-hopper that is composed of suitable frame, two side boards, two triangle end boards that can be used to improve leaching ashes.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Combined Fire Screen and Fender.

Combined Fire Screen and Fender.

Date: July 19, 1881
Creator: Matthews, James Charles
Description: Patent for a combined fire screen and fender. This design "works in the mantle-piece by means of weights, and is secured in position by by means of a spring-latch that catches in notches in the jamb. This screen thus arranged can be made to answer for three purposes: By letting it down nearly to the hearth it acts as a blower; by letting it entirely down accidents from fire are prevented, and when let down in the summer time it makes a handsome summer screen" (lines 21-30).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Tool for Building Wire Fences.

Tool for Building Wire Fences.

Date: May 15, 1894
Creator: Highsmith, Lewis C.
Description: Patent for a simple and effective tool used for building wire fences that is "a nail holding and driving device, a measuring attachment, and a wire cutter" (lines 12-14).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Gate.

Gate.

Date: September 10, 1889
Creator: Lively, Robert M. & Lively, Louis P.
Description: Patent for a new and improved gate. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the gate and the horizontally-swinging arm arranged above the gate and provided in its free end with a longitudinal slot and a series of transverse perforations and engaging the lever, the vertical latch, also pivoted on the gate, and the horizontally-sliding connecting bar between the lower ends of the latch and the lever" (lines 90-101).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Percolator.

Percolator.

Date: December 24, 1895
Creator: Riley, David L.
Description: Patent for a simple and inexpensive water-bath percolator meant to extract "the soluble constituents of various substances" (lines 11-12). "The lid or cover may be sealed hermetically whenever it is desirable to exclude the air or prevent the escape of vapor or volatile constituents" (lines 19-22). It has an inner vessel, the outer vessel containing water. The two vessels are easily disconnected.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Corn Planter and Dropper.

Corn Planter and Dropper.

Date: June 28, 1881
Creator: Dawson, John Henry
Description: Patent for a new and improved seed planter or dropper. This design utilizes a hopper, a shaft provided with cups, a bevel having a countersunk opening provided with a recess, a gate hinged in said recess and held in contact with the cups on the shaft by a spring, and a concave partition fitting the periphery of the shaft, all constructed and arranged in a novel way (lines 68-75). Additionally, this design utilizes a wheel, the motion of which dispenses the seed.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Lap Ring.

Lap Ring.

Date: October 25, 1881
Creator: Matthews, James Levi
Description: Patent for a new and improved lap ring (or link). This design utilizes a hinge to allow for half of the ring to part from the other half, which creates a larger opening and allows for connection with a wider range of things (e.g., larger clevises).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Canton 1941 Sheet 2

Canton 1941 Sheet 2

Date: 1941
Creator: Sanborn Map Company
Description: Sanborn map sheet showing an area of Canton in Van Zandt County, Texas, including geographic features, buildings, and details related to risk assessment for fire insurance.
Contributing Partner: The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
Canton 1925 Sheet 1

Canton 1925 Sheet 1

Date: 1925
Creator: Sanborn Map Company
Description: Sanborn map sheet showing an area of Canton in Van Zandt County, Texas, including geographic features, buildings, and details related to risk assessment for fire insurance.
Contributing Partner: The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
Canton 1941 Sheet 3

Canton 1941 Sheet 3

Date: 1941
Creator: Sanborn Map Company
Description: Sanborn map sheet showing an area of Canton in Van Zandt County, Texas, including geographic features, buildings, and details related to risk assessment for fire insurance.
Contributing Partner: The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
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