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Improvement in Hay and Cotton Presses.

Description: Patent for an improvement in cotton and hay presses with elevated levers. It includes a description and illustrations.
Date: November 21, 1871
Creator: Sivley, John J.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Cotton-Gin Flues

Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton ginning appartatus using a set a valves to throw lint-cotton into different rooms without stopping the gin (line 2), including illustration.
Date: August 13, 1872
Creator: Gaines, James W.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Churns.

Description: Patent for improving a butter church mechanism.
Date: September 24, 1872
Creator: Messick, William P. & Messick, Harvey T.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Levers for Presses.

Description: Patent for improvements on locks and fasteners of shutters.
Date: March 3, 1873
Creator: Gates, Joseph P.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hunting Lamp.

Description: Patent for a new and improved lantern for hunting. This design "is to produce a light, cheap, and convenient lamp that can be carried upon the head with greater comfort, and at the same time be more efficient than any heretofore known" (lines 10-13).
Date: December 20, 1881
Creator: Brittan, Edward H.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton-Seed Planter

Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton-seed planter. The design "in which the cotton-seeds in the hopper is fed down through the feed-opening of the same by vibrating teeth." (p. 1; lines 15-17) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: September 1, 1885
Creator: Elliston, John J.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hay Press.

Description: Patent for a new and improved hay-press. This design consists in "the frame having the pulley, the follower having the pulleys, and the shaft having the loose drums . . . means for locking either of the said drums to the said shaft, the rope attached to the drum and passing over the pulley with which the follower is provided, and secured to an immovable object, and the rope attached to the drum, passed over the pulley and attached to the follower" (lines 27-35).
Date: October 12, 1886
Creator: Bryant, William Hoggs
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hay Press.

Description: Patent for a new and improved baling press. This design consists in "the combination, with the side walls, of the stop-blocks comprising the places secured in recesses in the same, and the offsets formed integrally with the said plates, the plunger having recesses in its sides which engage said offsets, the operating-lever, and the pitman connecting the latter to the plunger" (lines 93-100).
Date: September 13, 1887
Creator: Bryant, William Hodges
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wagon-Bed Elevator

Description: Patent for a wagon-bed elevator that "is to provide an elevator for wagon-beds by means of which a single person can raise the bed from the wagon to any desired height and leave it suspended in position where it can be readily lowered upon the wagon again at any time" (p. 2).
Date: July 24, 1888
Creator: Holliday, William A., of Bagwell, Texas
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton-Chopper

Description: Patent for "a machine of this class which chall be simple, inexpensive, and efficient in operation" (lines 9-11).
Date: August 27, 1889
Creator: Chambers, Abram
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Quilting Frame.

Description: Patent for a new and improved quilting frame. This design consists in "[t]he combination of the track-bar having the brackets on its ends, the continuous suspension-wire extending between the extremities of the said brackets and extending longitudinally in the rear of the track-bar, the movable block inserted between the rear portion of the suspension-wire and the rear side of the track-bar, the pulleys mounted on the suspension-wire, and the carrier-bar carrying the quilting-frame and connected to the said pulleys" (lines 62-72).
Date: March 11, 1890
Creator: Raines, Burress Wesley
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rod for End Gates.

Description: Patent for a new and improved rod for wagon gates. This design is "first, to provide a rod that can be readily attached or detached to the end-gate of any wagon or vehicle; second, to provide a rod that will effectually and rigidly hold the end-gate in position and afford practical facility whereby the end-gates of vehicles can be quickly opened or closed and detached from the wagon-bed or placed in their normal position therein" (lines 15-23).
Date: September 30, 1890
Creator: Coyle, Dan
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow.

Description: Patent for a new and improved plow. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the plow-beam and plow, of the semicircular stay-brace pivotally secured to the beam at one end and at the other end formed with a slot and a horizontal portion extending across the top of the beam, the bolt passed through the slot into the beam, the colter, and the adjustable wedge-shaped block having a plurality of depressions upon its inner face to receive the horizontal portion of the brace" (lines 81-90).
Date: October 14, 1890
Creator: Dickerman, Lewis M.
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 "especially to that class known as 'gravity-pin supports;' and the object thereof is to provide improved means for supporting the pin so that it can be operated from the top of the car, or so that it will drop automatically when two cars come together" (lines 9-14). It consists, "with the coupling-pin and a supporting-arm pivotally connected to the draw-head and to the upper end of said pin, of a weight carried by said arm, and means . . . for supporting said weight and for tripping it" (lines 6-12).
Date: November 18, 1890
Creator: Epperson, Alexander
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling.

Description: Patent for improvements in car-couplings by using a combination of “a rod pivoted at its front end to the side of the draw-head and pivotally connected at its rear end..... when the draw-head is driven to the rear by the force of the blow received in coupling with another draw-head, the lug will be pressed to the front,” (lines 30-40) illustration is included.
Date: March 17, 1891
Creator: Bright, Tom Full
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling.

Description: Patent for improvements in car-couplings “with means for elevating the coupling-link without the necessity of the brakeman going between the cars, and also to provide means for holding the coupling-pin out of engagement with the link when the cars are uncoupled, said pin being automatically released when the cars come together, so that it will fall by gravity and engage with said link.” (Lines 17-25) Illustration is included.
Date: June 2, 1891
Creator: Hamilton, Weston G.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Facing-Slip and Label Holder.

Description: Patent for improvements “in facing-slip and label holders to be used by mailing and postal clerks” (lines 13-14) “by providing a convenient and readily-accessible means in applying the facing-slips to packages of mail-matter and to adapt such holders for placement with respect to a case of letter-box as to always have such slips and labels with the receptacle containing the letters to receive a slip corresponding with such mail-matter.” (Lines 16-23) Illustration is included.
Date: June 16, 1891
Creator: Gaines, Thomas W., Jr.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Clevis.

Description: Patent for improvements in clevises in which a clevis can be used upon plows or harrows. When it is used, it “will obviate the necessity of using links or open rings in connection with the clevis and the singletree, as well as enable the plowman to cause his plow to run in the soil any desired depth or to cut a narrow or wide furrow.” (Lines 16-20) Illustration is included.
Date: July 28, 1891
Creator: Bruton, Alonzo D.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Provision-Safe.

Description: Patent for "a pantry and kitchen safe combined and designed to be built apart from the house and constituting a distinct and removable piece of furniture," (lines 11-14) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: June 15, 1891
Creator: Jones, Walter Adolphus
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Compound for Removing Grease and Stains.

Description: Patent for a compound to remove grease and stains from wood and fabric. Includes instructions.
Date: August 21, 1891
Creator: Cox, George S. & Lewis, Georgia M.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rein Holder.

Description: Patent for a new and improved rein holder. This design is "to provide an attachment for the purpose of preventing the horse's tail from engaging the reins . . . and adapted to be applied to the thills or adjacent parts of the running-gear of a vehicle" (lines 9-15). It is "formed of wire and comprising a frame having its opposite vertical members secured at their lower ends to the thills, the corners and opposite members being provided with pairs of integrally-formed eyes, and a cross-bar at the top connecting said opposite members" (lines 84-90).
Date: May 10, 1892
Creator: Young, John A.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Process of Extinguishing Fire

Description: Patent for a method to extinguish fire. In a fire event, a container holding sulfur and alum is added to a tank holding water, soda and salt which will create pressure and eject the water in the tank.
Date: June 14, 1892
Creator: Millis, Hiram S.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Puzzle.

Description: Patent for a new and improved puzzle. This design consists in a "trick-puzzle, the same consisting of one false and three true members, each of a stiff wire bent at its center into a loop or ring, with its ends extending therefrom and standing approximately parallel, the bends of the true members being in one direction and of the false member in the opposite direction" (lines 5-12).
Date: July 12, 1892
Creator: Walker, William Turner.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department