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Abdominal Supporter.

Description: Patent for a new and improved abdominal supporter. This design "consist[s] of the waist-belt, the abdominal sector-shaped pads hung from the waist-belt by elastic straps, the straps buttoned to the belt behind and to the bottom of the abdominal pads in front, the side straps connecting the abdominal pads with the pieces at the back, and the front strap connecting the two abdominal pads together with the shoulder-straps" (lines 70-79).
Date: December 25, 1888
Creator: Gray, Harriet N.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Adjustable Mosquito-Canopy.

Description: Patent for an adjustable, simple, and easily used mosquito-canopy for beds that fits over any style and size of bed, and is easily removed.
Date: April 25, 1893
Creator: Eva, Addison H.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Agricultural Implement.

Description: Patent for a new and improved sweep. This design consists "in a sweep of a suitable shape and construction having attached to each of its rear corners a vertical bar or wings, which extends parallel to the course of the plow and backward a suitable distance beyond the sweep proper . . . The object of [the] invention is to attach to the rear corners or wings of a sweep bars or runners, which rest upon the ground and steady the sweep and prevent it from wabbling or dodging while in use" (lines 14-25).
Date: March 4, 1890
Creator: Cameron, Hugh L.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Air-Chamber.

Description: Patent for an air-chamber that pumps in air confined with a flexible diaphragm to spray or diffuse fluid, including illustration.
Date: June 18, 1861
Creator: Creuzbaur, Robert
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Animal Shears.

Description: Patent for new and improved animal shears. This design is "of a platinum or other wire or conductor heated to a high temperature, sufficient to burn through the fibers of the wool or hair, and [is] passed over the surface of the body as close as may be deemed desirable to the roots. No injurious effects are produced upon the animal or upon the wool or hair removed, while at the same time the same may be removed with great uniformity and expedition" (lines 28-36).
Date: June 8, 1886
Creator: Harrell, Joseph J.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Apparatus for Handling Seed-Cotton.

Description: Patent for an improved cotton elevator, separator, and distributor that is meant to move cotton from a wagon or storage, remove dirt, and deliver it to a gin. The "improved apparatus comprises a pneumatic cotton-conveying tube by which the cotton is lifted or carried to the distributor, a separator for removing the cotton from the air current, and a distributor comprising a trunk for receiving the cotton from the separator extending over the two gin feeders, having openings delivering into the feeders, and an endless chain conveyer moving in said trunk, causing the cotton to travel along therein and drop out therefrom through the delivery openings into the feeders" (lines 16-27).
Date: October 31, 1893
Creator: Bachman, Joseph A. & Clark, Frank S.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Apparatus for Impregnating Liquids with Gases.

Description: Patent for a new and improved apparatus for impregnating liquids with gases. This design "relates to apparatus for impregnating water or other suitable liquid with the fumes emanating from the consumption of a combustible composition of matter, such as sulphur, which when ignited emits a gas containing suitable medicinal qualities" (lines 14-19). It consists in "the closed reservoir for containing the liquid, having windows upon opposite walls thereof, of the transverse beam having its ends supported in said windows, the sulphur-containing vessel . . . the man-hole, the air-hole, and cocks" (lines 4-10).
Date: October 8, 1889
Creator: Radam, William
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Apparatus for Loading Cotton-Bales, &c.

Description: Patent for an apparatus for loading cotton-bales onto trucks from the compress. It is comprised of a cylinder, a piston, a piston rod, an inlet and exhaust pipes and a valve, a chain with grapnels at one end end and the other end is connected to the piston rod, a sheave, an adjustable slidable trip rod, a pivoted trip lever connected to the cylinder, a four armed lever connected to the valve, and connecting rods.
Date: December 24, 1895
Creator: Thompson, George
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Apparatus for the Manufacture of Ice.

Description: Patent for a new and improved ice maker. This design calls for "two or more sheets of galvanized iron or other metal set in a tank of fresh water, one on either side of the evaporation-pipes, and held in a position parallel to each other by anchors or yokes that connect them" (lines 15-20). This eliminates the need for strong (ammoniacal) brine and is a faster, more reliable, and less leaky ice-making process than previous ones that used said brine.
Date: March 2, 1880
Creator: Zilker, Andrew J.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Artist's Easel and Attachable Rest.

Description: Patent for a new and improved easel and rest. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the rest . . . of the bar pivoted to [a] holder by bolt, the perforated bar pivoted to [another] bar by [another] bolt, and the easel united to the [first] bar by a suitable round bolt" (lines 97-101).
Date: January 22, 1889
Creator: Johnson, John Alexander
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Danger-Signal for Railroads.

Description: Patent for a "device for indicating at railroad crossings and other points, the approach or departure of trains within any given distance of such crossing or with relation to any point where persons might come into dangerous proximity to the train if they were left unadvised by some such signal as this." (Lines 19-26) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: February 26, 1895
Creator: Lee, Horatio Grooms; White, John P.; Ball, Thomas & White, James L.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Gate.

Description: Patent for an improved automatic gate with levers, cam-blocks, camways, and cam-rods. It is centrally pivoting, uses a pulley, a cam groove, a forked bearing, chains, and chords.
Date: September 17, 1895
Creator: Everton, David Marion
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Axle Box.

Description: Patent for a new and improved self-oiling axle box. This design utilizes a sleeve with several small, oil-filled holes to be placed between the spindle and the axle box, which lubricates the machine and reduces friction. A nut keeps the spindle and axle box together.
Date: April 26, 1881
Creator: Barnes, Thomas J.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bailing-Press.

Description: Patent for Bailing Press including illustrations. The purpose of the bailing press was to improve "the bailing-press especially adapted for bailing cotton, which press is simple in construction, strong and durable, and operates rapidly" ( lines 9-12).
Date: November 24, 1885
Creator: Clark, Frank
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bale-Tie

Description: Patent for a bale-tie fastener including illustrations.
Date: July 31, 1900
Creator: Cypher, David A. & Dayton, William L.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Baling - Press

Description: Patent for a new and improved hay pressing or baling machine. This design "relates to presses or baling-machines, and more particularly to that class which are worked bu hand-power" (line 9 - 11).
Date: January 18, 1898
Creator: Younger, William Turner
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Barrel Cover.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cover for barrels. This design calls for downward-extending flanges with wings along the perimeter of the cover. These flanges hold the cover in place over the barrel opening, but they also allow for the cover to rest at an angle on the upper rim of the barrel so that one has access to the contents of the barrel without the cover touching the ground.
Date: May 29, 1883
Creator: Lane, Fernando Gustavous
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Barrel Press

Description: Patent for a barrel press.
Date: February 2, 1903
Creator: Schenck, August
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Base Ball Game.

Description: Patent for a new and improved board game. This design "consists of a game-board marked out to represent a baseball field and provided with a series of marked depressions and a number of baffle-pins, guideways, or gutters being arranged in either side of the board, and a back-stop being arranged at the upper end of the board, provision being made for imparting a proper inclination to the board and for the propulsion of marbles through the gutters or troughs" (lines 13-22).
Date: June 3, 1890
Creator: Maxcy, John Wharton
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bell Cord Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved bell cord coupling. This design consists in "[a] cord connecting and tension device comprising essentially a shell or tube, a spiral spring, and a pair of slotted balls arranged therein, and a flat strip having round ends adapted to slide through said balls . . . [and] a sliding spring-encircled plate provided with screw-threaded and split end portions, and nuts fitted on the latter, in combination with a tube or shell, and balls arranged in said tube" (lines 89-100).
Date: January 16, 1883
Creator: Tumey, Charles Henry
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Boiler-Flue-Cleaning Device.

Description: Patent for certain new and useful improvements in boiler flue cleaning devices, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: August 8, 1899
Creator: Kitchen, George C.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Breech-Loading Fire-Arm

Description: Patent for a new and improved breech-loading firearm. This design "consists in the devices for opening the breech-block and ejecting the cartridge-shell by one and the same motion that cocks the gun, and also in a spring and pitman arranged with the breech-block" (para. 2).
Date: December 4, 1877
Creator: Petmecky, Joseph C.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Brick Machine.

Description: Patent for a new and improved brick machine. This design consists in "a mold-wheel mounted to revolve in the horizontal plane and provided with mold-cavities, of a vertically-movable plunger in each cavity, a door for each cavity hinged on the top of the wheel, the hinge plate or lug attached to the mold-wheel being slotted to allow a vertical movement of the hinge-pin, a curved arm pivoted over the top of the mold-wheel and extending over part of the same, and a spring acting on the swinging end of said curved arm" (lines 80-90).
Date: November 23, 1886
Creator: Thaison, William
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bullet.

Description: Patent for a new and improved bullet. This design calls for a cavity at the base of the bullet and a tube of flexible material to be inserted snugly into the cavity. This results in less wobbling after the bullet has been fired.
Date: October 12, 1880
Creator: Petmecky, Joseph C.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department