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Improvement in Cotton-Seed Planters.

Description: Patent for the improvement for planting cotton seeds using a toothed wheel and hopper, including illustration.
Date: April 27, 1858
Creator: Donovan, I. T. & Fowler, W. J.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Seed-Planters.

Description: Patent for the improvement of seed planters using a gage-wheel "to regulate the depth of the furrow made by the plow" (lines 16-17), including illustration.
Date: December 28, 1858
Creator: Marshall, Frank M.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Seed-Planters.

Description: Patent for a seed-planter using two vibratory vertical feed-wheels, similar in size to distribute different seeds at the same time, one is designed specifically for cotton seeds, illustration is included.
Date: August 16, 1859
Creator: Murphy, Willis G.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Feeders for Cotton-Gins.

Description: Patent for the improvement of cotton-gin by feeding cotton in a uniform manner of removing sand and dirt, separating hulls, leaves, and imperfect pods for improved quality and reducing physical labor, including illustration.
Date: September 11, 1860
Creator: Hall, S. Z.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Tanning.

Description: Patent for improvements in tanning materials: "extractive matter for the manufacture of leather from the wood and bark of the mesquit - a tree of extensive growth on the prairies of western and north western Texas" (lines 9-13).
Date: December 5, 1865
Creator: Park, John E.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improved Cosmetic.

Description: Patent for improvement in cosmetics by using various chemicals to enhance the cosmetics in which it “can remove freckles or tan-discoloration from the skin, and for improving the complexion.” (Line 5-6) Formula for the improved cosmetic is included. Instructions on how to prepare the cosmetic and how to use the cosmetic are described. There is no illustration.
Date: February 25, 1868
Creator: Wilson, I. M.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improved Cosmetic.

Description: Patent for improvements in the composition of cosmetics for removing freckles or tan-discoloration, including a description.
Date: October 20, 1868
Creator: Wilson, John M.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Cotton-Presses

Description: Patent for "a new and improved cotton-press" (line 3) using a stationary toothed wheel, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: October 18, 1870
Creator: Booton, Sinclair
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Shot-Cases and Distributers

Description: Patent for a "new receptacle for holding several grades of shot, and to an adjustable distributing device for the same. Its object is to enable traders to keep the several kinds or grades of shot in one receptacle, but so that suitable quantity of any one kind can be readily and conveniently measured out" (lines 20-26).
Date: January 3, 1871
Creator: Booton, Sinclair
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Cotton Scrapers and Choppers.

Description: Patent for "the invention of a new and useful Improvement in Combined Cotton Scraper and Chopper" (lines 3-5), including illustrations.
Date: February 23, 1875
Creator: McClaugherty, William H.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pump.

Description: Patent for a new and improved pump. This design utilizes a new combination and arrangement of cylinders, pistons, pipes, chambers, valves, screws, levers, and air and water vessels to pump water more effectively.
Date: May 31, 1881
Creator: Maney, Henry, Sr.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Cylindrical Power.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cylindrical power-source. This design "consists in the combination of a cylindrical slotted frame with a series of blades which are connected together in pairs, and which are alternately forced through the slots in the frame to receive the force of the wind or water and then retracted, so that they will offer no resistance during a portion of the revolution of the frame. . . . The object of [the] invention is to produce a motor which is adapted for use either as a wind-wheel or a water-wheel" (lines 13-27).
Date: November 15, 1881
Creator: Hutchinson, Thomas E.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Windmill.

Description: Patent for a new and improved windmill. This design "consists in the combination of a central vertical shaft a series of supporting-arms projecting horizontally out from this shaft, a number of curved buckets which are pivoted at or near their centers between these supporting-arms, and suitable springs or weights which are attached to the inner edges of these buckets" (lines 13-20).
Date: June 13, 1882
Creator: Lowther, Lorenzo Dow.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design "relates to improvements in that class of car-couplings in which the link is held in the draw-head by a tongue engaging the link; and it consists in the peculiar construction and arrangement of parts" (lines 7-11).
Date: September 8, 1885
Creator: Meusebach, Otto C.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton Chopper.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton chopper. This design "is to provide cotton-choppers constructed in such a manner that the cotton will be chopped to a stand by the passage of the machine along the rows of plants, leaving the hills of plants at uniform distances apart, and which shall be simple in construction, readily controlled, and convenient in use" (lines 17-24).
Date: November 30, 1886
Creator: Puls, Ernst, C.A.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow.

Description: Patent for a new and improved plow. This design "may be detached and used independent of the frame or carriage; also, that the tongue or pole may be detached and removed from the axle, and such axle, together with the bolster and hounds, may be applied to and used with the farm or other wagon. Thus by means of the attachments described a farmer can, by providing himself [or herself] with the pole and the attachments thereto . . . readily convert his [or her] ordinary walking plow into a wheel-plow by the aid of the hind wheels, axle, and hounds of his [or her] ordinary farm-wagon" (lines 72-84).
Date: July 5, 1887
Creator: Green, William H.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Planter.

Description: Patent for a new and improved planter. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with a plow, of the board, the clip detachably securing said board to the plow-beam, the hopper secured to the rear end of the board and provided with the openings and brush, the lever pivoted upon the clip, the spring, the seed-slide secured to the end of the rear arm of the lever, and the dropping-tube screwed through its wing to the plow standard" (lines 37-46).
Date: January 8, 1889
Creator: Cromer, Thomas L.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Packing Case.

Description: Patent for a new and improved packing-case. This design "relates to cases or cabinets for packing and transporting articles that are brittle and easily breakable, such as eggs, glassware, china, and the like; and it has for its object to provide a device or case containing a series of sub-compartments or boxes, each of which is provided with cells to receive and hold the individual articles to be packed, thus affording great security in transportation and convenience in handling and in exposing the articles for sale" (lines 8-18).
Date: July 2, 1889
Creator: Moos, Henry Antonio
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Corn Planter.

Description: Patent for a new and improved planter. This design consists in "[t]he combination of the plate, having extensions and laterally-extending arm or bracket, the hopper mounted upon the extension of the plate, the seed-slide or coiled spring connecting the front end of the latter with the bracket, metal plates secured to the front and rear sides of the rear wall of the hopper above the seed-slide, the brush or cut-off arranged between said plates, and suitable operating mechanism for retracting the seed-slide against the tension of the coiled spring" (lines 6-17).
Date: February 18, 1890
Creator: Cromer, Thomas L.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wagon Spring.

Description: Patent for a new and improved wagon spring. This design "is to provide a vehicle in which springs of great strength may be employed which will not require stay-chains, and which will not increase the height of the wagon-body and cause inconvenience in loading and unloading the vehicle and in getting in and out, and, furthermore, to provide a vehicle in which the wagon-body may be but slightly elevated above the axles, and in which the springs will have great play" (lines 17-26).
Date: February 25, 1890
Creator: Conley, Miles D.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cultivator.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cultivator. This design "relates to cultivators; and it has for its object to construct a device of this class . . . in which the blades or shovels shall be attached to the standards in such a manner that in the event of obstacles such as rocks or stumps being encountered during the operation of [the] machine the blades shall become detached, thereby avoiding injury to the machine" (lines 9-18).
Date: September 30, 1890
Creator: Messer, Jeremiah Clark; Garner, Allen & Williams, John Winn
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Seed-Planter

Description: Patent for "a seed-planter for planting corn, cotton, and other seeds; and it has for its object to provide a device of this class which shall be simple, inexpensive, and efficient in operation" (lines 9-13).
Date: October 7, 1890
Creator: Cromer, Thomas L. & Schuwirth, Charles
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling.

Description: Patent for improvements in car-couplings by using coupler-head, coupling-pin, different shapes of plates, operating-lever and link-lifter to “couple and uncouple cars without necessitating a person passing between the cars.” (Lines 14-15) Illustration is included.
Date: October 13, 1891
Creator: McBride, Thomas Anderson
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Desk Receptacle.

Description: Patent for a "novel, convenient, and ornamental bottle or receptacle, adapted to contain ink, a sponge, or the like, combined with a pin-cushion and a pen-wiper" (lines 11-14), with illustrations.
Date: January 17, 1893
Creator: Carolan, Eugene P.; Terrell, Edward H. & Terrell, James R.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department