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Bed Attachment for Invalids.

Description: Patent for a new and improved bed attachment for bed-ridden persons. This design "consists, principally, of a frame, hinged between the side boards of the bedstead, said frame having a removable seat and adapted to be brought to a vertical position for supporting the [bed-ridden person] in a sitting position. The invention also consists in the construction and arrangement of parts" (lines 10-16).
Date: October 11, 1881
Creator: Brown, Joshua Perry

Car Coupling

Description: Patent for rail car coupling. Illustration included.
Date: April 9, 1906
Creator: Burran, William Jefferson

Check-Line Buckle.

Description: Patent for "...a novel means for connecting a check-line to the main line..." (lines 11-12) including illustrations.
Date: April 22, 1902
Creator: Snell, David C. F.

Combination Tool.

Description: Patent for a new and improved multi-tool. This design "consists in a combination-tool embodying in a single implement a nail and staple-puller, pinchers, nail-straightener, and wire-cutters, the device being more particularly designed for use in constructing, taking down, and resetting wire fencing" (lines 7-12).
Date: July 22, 1884
Creator: Beazley, James Harvey


Description: Patent for a combination tool that provides "a novel form of tool-head arranged to interchangeably carry a plurality of tools of different characters, whereby the single tool-head may be employed in various capacities" (lines 8-12), including illustrations.
Date: January 30, 1906
Creator: Spicer, John R.

Combined Cotton Chopper and Planter

Description: Patent for a combined cotton chopper and planter, made to be easy to construct and easy to convert between functions.
Date: October 11, 1892
Creator: Parker, Francis H.


Description: Patent for a new and useful cotton chopper, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: March 27, 1900
Creator: Brooks, John Joseph


Description: Patent for a device that efficiently and quickly travels over cotton-drills, spacing the stands uniformly apart and covers up any grass or weeds around the stands, including illustrations.
Date: November 10, 1891
Creator: Totty, William


Description: Patent for improvements in cultivator-plow through the positioning and connection of parts. Adjustable plow for different cultivating functions and different crops, especially for cotton. Illustration and materials recommendations included.
Date: March 18, 1902
Creator: Sheffield, James A. D. & Sheffield, John C.


Description: Patent for a door check that holds a door open in a secured position. This particular door securer has a manual operation lock independent of the knob-spindle.
Date: February 24, 1903
Creator: Skidmore, John C. & Tyer, Author

Dredging Scraper.

Description: Patent for a new and improved dredging-scraper. This design "has for its object the production of a marine plow which shall serve to raise and remove obstructions and accumulations from the beds or channels of rivers, bays, harbors, and other water-courses; and the invention consists in a device for this purpose of novel construction . . . The plow, which is to be drawn over the bed of the water-course to be cleared—as, for instance, by drag chain or cable attached to a steamboat—operates to raise a few inches in depth of the deposit each time it passes over the bed or bottom of the water-course" (lines 9-22).
Date: December 10, 1889
Creator: Coult, Joseph C.


Description: Patent for "a game-board having a trough at its head and squared apertures near said head, and numbered cubical blocks adapted to be revolved in said apertures" (lines 18-21) and "has relation to games to be played on bowling-alleys or boards with balls" (lines 16-17) including illustrations.
Date: June 22, 1880
Creator: Thompson, James Whiteford.

Garden Rake and Cultivator.

Description: Patent for a garden rake and cultivator that can be adjust in various positions to do the gardening works for the growing plants.
Date: February 20, 1906
Creator: Guice, Benjamin J. H.


Description: Patent for certain new and useful improvements in gates.
Date: April 26, 1898
Creator: Gilbert, John W.

Hand Fertilizer-Distributer.

Description: Patent for "improvements in hand fertilizer-distributers and seed-drills," (lines 19-20) with instructions and illustrations.
Date: June 30, 1891
Creator: Barbee, Napoleon B.


Description: Patent for a new and useful harrow, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: September 26, 1899
Creator: Blount, Blanton E. & Guice, Benjamen R.

Improvement in Churns.

Description: Patent for a better churn which makes butter faster, releases butter from the churn more easily, and is simple to create and use. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: January 1, 1878
Creator: McConnell, John A. & McConnell, William V.

Improvement in Cotton Scrapers, Choppers, and Dirters.

Description: Patent for "an improved machine for cultivating cotton" (lines 15-16)including illustrations. The machine is used to "bar off, scrape, chop, and dirt the cotton upon both sides of a row at one passage." (lines 17-19)
Date: December 2, 1879
Creator: De Force, Samuel A. & McConnell, William V.

Improvement in Ditching and Excavating Machines.

Description: Patent for "an improved machine for making ditches and other excavations, which shall be so constructed as to separate the slice from the soil, raise it, and deposit it at the side of the cut, which will feed itself forward automatically." (Lines 14-19) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: September 18, 1877
Creator: De Force, Samuel A.

Improvement in Fruit-Pickers.

Description: Patent for an improved fruit-picking tool explaining the construction and usage of the tool, including illustrations.
Date: June 11, 1878
Creator: McConnell, William V. & Dickerson, Charles M.

Improvement in Seed Planters

Description: Patent for "improvement in Seed Planters as herein described and pointed out in the claim..."(paragraph 4 contains instructions and references to the illustration Fig 1 and Fig 2 as well as these illustrations labeled parts)
Date: February 25, 1873
Creator: Friday, Reuben


Description: Patent for a lifting-jack that has "strength with durability necessary in this class of devices and that will be simple in construction and easy of operation" (para. 2).
Date: September 24, 1895
Creator: Lynn, John McKinzie