Corn-Planter.

Corn-Planter.

Date: December 21, 1897
Creator: Ellis, William Wesley
Description: Patent relating to "a novel corn-planter, and has for its object the production of a simple, durable, and efficient planting attachment which may be applied to an ordinary plow and which when so applied will automatically effect the distribution of corn or other grain at desired intervals" (lines 12-18).
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Van Zandt County

Van Zandt County

Date: 1921
Creator: Atlee, Tom & Giles, J. Bascom
Description: Blue line print of survey map of Van Zandt County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, and towns. Scale [ca. 1:200,000] (6000 varas to the inch).
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Wagon-Body Lifter

Wagon-Body Lifter

Date: August 24, 1880
Creator: Morris, John P.
Description: New and useful improvements in Wagon-Body lifters. Furnish a wagon-body lifter simple in structure, efficient in its operation and durable.
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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.
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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).
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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).
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Grave Cover.

Grave Cover.

Date: September 21, 1880
Creator: Thomas, James R.
Description: Patent for a new and improved grave covering. This design calls for a concrete slab, slightly larger than its lidless wooden box, to rest on the upper edges of the latter. A slat in the slab will receive a headstone, which will rest on the slab via flanges.
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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).
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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.
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Stalk Knocker.

Stalk Knocker.

Date: November 8, 1887
Creator: Allen, William A.
Description: Patent for a new and improved stalk knocker. This design consists in "the combination, with the running-gear of a wagon, of a frame-work mounted thereon and provided with vertically-adjustable hangers at its rear end carrying stalk-knockers and their shaft, a diagonal adjustable brace connecting the hanger and the frame-work, and a driving-pulley formed in sections, having spoke-embracing lugs, and connected to the knocker-shaft by means of a belt" (lines 10-18).
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