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Improvement in Buckles.

Description: Patent for improvement in buckles “which does not require to be sewed to either of the straps which it is to connect, and which will securely fasten and hold the said straps of bands in any desired position.” (Lines 16-19) Illustration is included.
Date: May 4, 1869
Creator: Richer, F. C.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Wrench.

Description: Patent for improvements in monkey wrenches.
Date: May 4, 1869
Creator: Richer, F. C.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Oscillating Steam-Engine

Description: Patent for improvements to steam-engines that employ oscillating cylinders for the drive-shaft.
Date: July 6, 1869
Creator: Richer, F. C.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Lamps

Description: Patent for the construction of a combined oil burning lamp and candlestick.
Date: August 3, 1869
Creator: Richer, F. C.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Coffee-Mills.

Description: Patent for an improvement to upright coffee-mills, "whereby the bearings are always maintained in their true relative positions, while the strain on the two is made automatically counteracting, and each part of the shell firmly and effectually supported by the other." (Lines 10-14) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: August 16, 1870
Creator: Richer, Francois Charles
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Road-Scrapers.

Description: Patent for an improvement in road-scrapers which "consists in hanging the scoop to the carriage in such a manner that it may always be made to scrape in horizontal planes whether the carriage run on a level surface or on a hill side; and also in certain devices for holding the scoop suspended above the ground while moving from place to place." (Lines 9-16) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: March 26, 1872
Creator: Coy, Elihu E.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Road-Scrapers.

Description: Patent for a new improvement in the construction of road-scrapers to make them more facilitating, faster, and with less animal power required.
Date: January 27, 1874
Creator: Tate, Thomas M.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Cotton-Gin Hoppers.

Description: Patent for improvement in cotton-gins, including illustrations.
Date: August 5, 1879
Creator: Horne, Edward Gideon
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton Gin Hopper.

Description: Patent for swinging adjustable breast for Cotton-Gin Hoppers designed to regulate the density of cotton. Accompanied by illustrations.
Date: January 20, 1883
Creator: Horne, Edward G.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Car Brake.

Description: Patent for a new and improved automatic car brake. This design "consists, first, in the combination of the draw-heads . . . connecting-rods . . . and a partially-rotating shaft provided with suitable slotted cams, which cams are attached to the brake-beams, so that when the draw-heads are forced inward or drawn out the brakes will move out of contact with the wheels; second, in the combination, with the slotted cams and a mechanism for moving them, of the rods which are connected thereto, and which pass through the brake-beams, the sliding sleeves, the springs, and the nuts" (lines 13-27).
Date: January 22, 1884
Creator: Miller, John D.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fruit Can.

Description: Patent for a new and improved fruit can. This design "consists in the combination of a can having its upper edge turned inward, so as to form a flange, an L-shaped collar which is secured inside of the mouth of the can, the cap which has its lower edge turned outward, so as to form a flange, and a holding device for keeping the cap in position" (lines 13-19).
Date: September 16, 1884
Creator: Robinson, John Thomas
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hearth Guard or Shield.

Description: Patent for a new and improved fireplace cover. This design consists in a "hearth guard or shield, the same consisting of a rectangular plate of sheet metal cut out to form the inside openings of different size, and bent at right angles at the point where the smaller opening in the vertical or upright part opens into the larger opening in the horizontal part, thereby forming projections or inside shoulders having notches adapted to be bent to fit the sides of the grate" (lines 64-73).
Date: April 7, 1885
Creator: Sanders, William Jefferson
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mole Trap.

Description: Patent for a new and improved mole trap. This design "relates to mole-traps, and to that class of the same which are placed above the mole-hill and communicate with the hole therein, so that the passage of the mole through the latter will actuate the trap to impale the mole in the usual manner" (lines 9-14).
Date: July 7, 1885
Creator: Payne, David, Hinsley
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Attachment for Cotton Plows.

Description: Patent for a new and improved plow. This design consists, "with the plow-stock provided with a staple near the lower end of the standard, having an opening formed with a series of parallel sides, and a staple on the beam . . . consisting of a series of bails of the fender-plate rigidly secured to the rod, the lower end of said rod being formed in cross-section of a series of parallel sides, said end adapted to fit and be adjusted in said staple, the upper end of the rod being adapted to be adjusted in any one of the bails of the staple" (lines 7-18).
Date: January 7, 1890
Creator: Collier, Johnathan T.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Portable Dam.

Description: Patent for a new and improved portable dam. This design "consists in the combination of the timbers which form the dam, the vertical uprights between which the timbers are place, the braces which support the dam in an upright position, the rider placed upon the braces, the wires, and the hooks to which the wires are fastened" (lines 13-19).
Date: January 7, 1890
Creator: Williams, Stephen P.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow.

Description: Patent for a new and improved plow. This design consists in "[t]he slide for shovel-plows, consisting of two members having enlargements at their ends, provided with radial notches, the upper member being provided with a longitudinal slot, and a pivot-pin inserted through the enlargements of the members" (lines 62-67).
Date: June 10, 1890
Creator: Mason, Thomas J.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design consists in "[a] car-coupler having a hook formed thereon . . . an open recess in the rear thereof, pins or projecting supports adjacent to the recess . . . a trigger pivoted to the coupler and projecting beyond the hook, so as to support the link . . . independent of the coupler and adapted to pass over the hook" (lines 64-75).
Date: August 12, 1890
Creator: Richardson, Samuel T.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Vehicle-Brake.

Description: Patent for an improvement in automatic vehicle-brakes by using sliding rods that are movable within staples or guides and a brake-bar indirectly attached to the rear axle by means of a coiled spring. When the brake bar moves forward, it forces the break-shoes from contacting the wheels. When the brake bar moves backward, it forces the brake-shoes into contact with the wheels, thus stopping the vehicle. Illustration is included.
Date: March 3, 1891
Creator: Gregory, Joseph Pinkney
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Step.

Description: Patent for an improvement in steps by using "a metallic frame or support composed of a series of light metallic plates, which are suitable shaped to adapt them for the purpose and then clamped and braced together,” (lines 13-17) includes illustration.
Date: March 17, 1891
Creator: Williams, Stephen P.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Animal Poke.

Description: Patent for a new and improved animal poke. This design "is to construct a device which may be secured to horses, cattle, and other animals, and which will effectually prevent fence-jumping, while at the same time allow the animal free use of [its] head and limbs, doing away with any tendency to cramp the wearer" (lines 17-23). It consists, "with bar and a means for suspending it beneath the animal's body and the bar, which is secured at its outer end to the animal's head, of a hinge to the opposite side of which the adjacent ends of the said bars are pivoted" (lines 78-83).
Date: May 17, 1892
Creator: Stracener, Upton W.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton-Cleaner.

Description: Patent for a simple and effective cotton cleaning machine that removes foreign matter from cotton before or after ginning. This enhances the cotton's worth and quality. The cotton will not get torn during this process.
Date: May 9, 1893
Creator: Smith, Jonathan N.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Combination Harrow and Cultivator.

Description: Patent for a combined harrow and cultivator that can easily change between the two. It consists of a beam with front and back removable tooth-seats, handles, adjusting holes in the beam, a perforated plate on the top and bottom sides of the beam, pins, and a wedge-shaped key between the bar and a slot in a tooth.
Date: July 25, 1893
Creator: West, Edward B.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churn.

Description: Patent for a churn with an improved dasher-operating mechanism. It simply and effectively combines a "rotary and reciprocatory movement to a churn-dasher to hasten the separation of the butter" (lines 11-13). The dasher is attached to a frame, and is operated through a crank. The churn rests on a platform also attached to the frame.
Date: January 19, 1897
Creator: Wright, William L.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department