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Quilting Attachment for Sewing-Machines.

Description: Patent for "an improved frame for carrying the rolls of cloth from which a quilt is to be made in a horizontal position, so that they are adapted to be stitched together, with the batting between them, by the aid of an ordinary sewing-machine." (Lines 8-14) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: April 13, 1897
Creator: Howard, Thomas B.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bale-Tie Opener.

Description: Patent for "a simple and durable device by means of which the buckles or securing devices on cotton-bale ties or bands may be readily opened and the band removed from the bale without destroying the buckle or the band, so that they may be again used." (Lines 11-16) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: June 1, 1897
Creator: Gaskill, Clinton R.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton-Stalk Puller.

Description: Patent for an improved machine for pulling cotton-stalks by making “the pulling-wheel turned in a direction to cause its side engaging the cotton-stalks to move rearwardly or in a direction opposite to that in which the machine is advancing” (lines 87-91), illustration is included.
Date: February 10, 1891
Creator: Womack, Lewis L.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hay Press

Description: Patent for an improvement to hay press designs resulting in a "simple, durable, and effective press" (line 13). Instructions and illustrations are included.
Date: August 10, 1897
Creator: Couch, John Calvin
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mechanical Motor.

Description: Patent for a new and improved engine. This design "is to convert a given rotary into a vertical reciprocating motion, and to provide means whereby the stroke of the reciprocating motion may be increased or diminished, according to the use or work to which the machine may be applied; and to these ends the novelty consists in the construction, combination, and arrangement of the same" (lines 10-18).
Date: November 11, 1884
Creator: Groves, Isaac N.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Corn-Harvester.

Description: Patent for an improved, simple, and durable corn harvester that "when drawn over a field of corn of cutting the ears of corn from two rows simultaneously, and of depositing the cut corn in a receiver at the rear of the cutters" (lines 11-15).
Date: October 10, 1893
Creator: Perkins, James Edward
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churning Device.

Description: Patent for a new and improved churn. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the base having uprights forming guides for the vertically-movable rod, of the rod movable in said guides and adapted to be connected with a rod or dasher, the treadle, a link connecting the treadle with said rod, the shaft having a platform adapted to support the churn-body and provided with a crank, and a pitman connecting said crank with the treadle" (lines 72-80).
Date: June 1, 1886
Creator: Dickey, John S.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Process of Purifying Vegetable Oils.

Description: Patent for a process of purifying vegetable oils, specifically cottonseed oil, using a little or no soap-stock and without losing oil. It also improves the purifying process. This process is meant for crude oil, but can be used to further refine already refined oil.
Date: October 1, 1895
Creator: Latting, Richard G., Jr.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Cork Extractor.

Description: Patent for a new and improved automatic cork extractor. This design "consists, principally, of a vertically-moving and partially-rotating blade having a harpoon-shaped or shouldered head for piercing and drawing the corks; in laterally opening and closing jaws for holding the necks of the bottles; in pivoted and laterally-moving pointed levers for throwing the parts of the corks away from the blade when withdrawn, and in the construction and combination of the parts of the device" (lines 14-23).
Date: May 24, 1881
Creator: Clark, Chester Cady
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Composition of Matter for Removing Grease, &c.

Description: Patent for a compound that is meant to remove grease, oil, paint, and similar things from delicate cloth. It is composed of gasoline, chloroform, sulfuric ether, alcohol, spirits of ammonia, powdered borax, powdered carbonate of soda, and saltpeter in lumps.
Date: February 7, 1893
Creator: Ehman, Benedickt
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churn-Power.

Description: Patent for improvements in churns is to “simplify and improve the construction of the means for operating vertically-reciprocating churn-dashers and to enable the dasher to be adjusted vertically, according to the amount of lacteal fluid to be churned.” (Lines 11-15) Illustration is included.
Date: April 21, 1891
Creator: Dickey, John S.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Washing-Machine.

Description: Patent for improvement in "the construction of washing-machines and increase their efficacy and produce a thorough rubbing of the clothes and to prevent the latter being torn or in any wise injured by the rubbing action," (lines 11-15) includes illustration.
Date: February 24, 1891
Creator: Walter, George P.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Nut Lock.

Description: Patent for a keyed lock for nut and bolt that is removable and does not damage the threads.
Date: December 20, 1892
Creator: Crisp, James E.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Windmill.

Description: Patent for a new and improved windmill. This design consists in "[t]he combination of the horizontal wind-wheel, the semi-cylindrical case partly inclosing the same and independently revoluble, the case having the notches in its upper side, the vane having the shaft or port whose lower end forms the upper pivot for the said case, and the lever having its inner end fast to the vane shaft or port, and adapted to engage the said notches, and thereby cause the case to expose any desired area of the wheel to the wind" (lines 89-99).
Date: July 24, 1888
Creator: Hamm, Jordan
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Burglar Alarm.

Description: Patent for a new and improved burglar alarm. This design consists in "[t]he combination of the casing, the shaft having the winding-drum, the rope connected to the latter passing over a pulley and having a weight attached thereto, a ratchet-wheel at one end of the shaft, a pitman connecting said ratchet-wheel with the alarm-sounding mechanism, a spring-latch engaging the ratchet-wheel and having a cam-lever pivoted in a notch at its front end, the lamp having a scratch-plate attached to its burner, and the lamp-chimney having a vertical slot in its lower end" (lines 39-50).
Date: August 27, 1889
Creator: Carter, Elmira
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Brace for Bedsteads.

Description: Patent for a new and improved brace for bed frames. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the bedstead having bolts at the corners, the hooks at the centers of the end rails, and the hooks at the centers of the side rails, of the two wires on each side having their ends secured to the bolts, engaging the hooks and passing to the side of the bed and engaging the hooks, the rings strung on and embracing the adjoining wires between the hooks . . . so as to cause the wires to be brought together, and the cord or strap connecting the said rings so as to slide the rings upon the wires" (lines 20-31).
Date: February 14, 1888
Creator: Warfield, Dunbar Griffith
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Burglar-Alarm

Description: Patent for "a very simple and economically-constructed alarm mechanically connected with windows and doors of a house or a room and adapted to be sounded by a raising or opening of the same, and at the same time to strike a light or illuminate the surroundings (lines 10-15).
Date: October 7, 1890
Creator: Canterbury, Crawford R.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wagon Step.

Description: Patent for a new and improved wagon-step. This design "permit[s] a driver to mount or dismount without necessitating his [or her] dropping the reins, and which when not in use can be folded up out of the way of the wheels" (lines 14-17). It consists in "the rod provided at its upper end with a handle and journaled in suitable bearings and extending diagonally along the side of the body, and the step-brackets arranged at intervals along the rod and consisting of the stems rigidly secured to the rod and the steps formed integral with the stems and extending out horizontally therefrom" (lines 64-71).
Date: November 18, 1890
Creator: Thompson, Robert K.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mechanical Power.

Description: Patent for a machine that "has relation to mechanical powers designed for stump-pulling, hoisting heavy weights, &c.; and it consists in the construction and novel arrangement of parts" (lines 21-24).
Date: April 29, 1884
Creator: Gray, William Smith
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Quilting Attachment for Sewing-Machines

Description: Patent for a quilting attachment for sewing frames so that they can be easily folded up and stored, with durable and easy to use parts that are also inexpensive to make.
Date: December 20, 1892
Creator: Dickey, John S.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hay Press.

Description: Patent for a new and improved hay-press. This design "consists in a horizontal frame having at its open end a pivoted and weighted abutment, a plunger adapted to reciprocate in the frame, a toggle-lever connecting the plunger with the closed end of the frame, and means for actuating the toggle-lever" (lines 14-20).
Date: September 30, 1890
Creator: Smith, John F.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churn Power.

Description: Patent for a new and improved churn-power. This design "relates particularly to a vertical single-dasher reciprocating churn, and has for its object to provide a churn-power of the character that shall be simple and durable in construction, one that will give a maximum length of stroke, and one that will always keep the dasher elevated when not in operation" (lines 7-14).
Date: September 23, 1890
Creator: Dickey, John S.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton-Packer

Description: Patent for a new cotton-packer design involving a drum, pulleys, rope, and springs, with illustrations.
Date: October 4, 1887
Creator: Thompson, Robert K.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Washing-Machine.

Description: Patent for a washing machine that has an improved construction, is more efficient, and one that quickly and thoroughly washes clothes without damaging the clothes. The machine is a cylinder that has a crank-operated inner scrubbing cylinder. The machine has a spout in order to drain the cylinder.
Date: January 23, 1894
Creator: Walter, George P.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department