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Acetylene-Gas Apparatus.

Description: Patent for improvements in “gas-machines in which the gas is generated from calcium carbid; in which the gas will be thoroughly washed before passing to the distributing-pipe, thus affording a pure white light, and further to provide a means for running off coal-tar that may gather on the top of the water in the machine.” (Lines 9-18) Illustration is included.
Date: December 11, 1900
Creator: Metzger, Frederick


Description: Patent for a new and improved auger. This design consists in "[t]he combination of a shank provided with a conveying-screw and the cutters at the lower end of the screw, the sides of the cutters being extended beyond a vertical line drawn across the edges of the screw, and a tube or casing enclosing the screw and connected at its lower end with the cutters, said tube being of less diameter than the cutters and arranged within the outer sides thereof" (lines 56-64).
Date: August 23, 1887
Creator: Tevebaugh, Henry Clay

Car Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design consists in a link-guide support "pivoted to the underside of the car, the link-guide pivoted to the front end of the support, the spring arranged between the guide and the support, the yoke secured to the car, and the spring supported by said yoke and bearing against the link-guide support" (lines 1-6).
Date: July 2, 1889
Creator: Wash, Thomas Henry & Wash, Nathan Robert Hodge

Carriage Curtain Fastener.

Description: Patent for a new and improved curtain fastener for carriages. This design is "an improvement upon that particular form of curtain-fasteners . . . in which a sleeve or barrel having a rotary and sliding movement on a spring-encircled shank or post is provided with a wing or projection for effecting the connection of said sleeve or barrel with the eyelet or grommet of the curtain . . . which will effectually prevent the accidental disengagement of the curtain" (lines 18-29).
Date: July 12, 1881
Creator: Paschal, Thomas M.

Combined Cotton-Seed and Corn Planter

Description: Patent for "a truck having operating mechanism changeable to either cotton or corn seeders and in combination therewith a hopper formed in sections, one of which is removable" (lines 14-17).
Date: May 28, 1901
Creator: Droitcourt, Adam

Corn-Shuck Chopper.

Description: Patent for "an implement for cutting and removing the corn shuck or husk from the ear of corn more rapidly than any machine in the market. The invention consists of a table having in the middle of the top a longitudinal recess wit grooves on its sides, in which by means of pressing down a treadle a horizontal knife-blade slides to and fro. This knife-blade carries on its upper side a pair of movable clamps for holding an ear of corn in its place against an upright standard which is fastened on top of a stationary knife-blade." (Lines 7-19) Illustrations are included.
Date: November 5, 1901
Creator: Pluck, James

Cultivator Attachment

Description: Patent for a cultivator attachment. Illustrations included.
Date: June 10, 1904
Creator: Allgood, Walton P. & Allgood, Joseph P.

Device for Scraping Plows

Description: Patent for a device for scraping plows. Illustration included.
Date: May 25, 1903
Creator: Pluck, James

Drawing Board

Description: Patent for a drawing board. Illustration included.
Date: November 30, 1903
Creator: McAnelly, Ernest Eugene

Improvement in Thrashing-Machines.

Description: Patent for "new and useful improvements on machinery for thrashing various kinds of grain, whereby the work is performed in a very rapid and perfect manner, without impairing the straw." (lines 28-32) Instructions and illustrations are included.
Date: September 13, 1870
Creator: Fuos, Matthias

Improvement in Threshing-Machine.

Description: Patent for improvements in threshing-machine for threshing grain, with the improved machine, “grain may be threshed and separated from the straw in a very rapid and perfect manner, and without bruising or injuring the straw in any way.” (Lines 13-16) Illustration is included.
Date: February 9, 1869
Creator: Fuos, Matthias


Description: Patent for a compound to kill insects, formula and instruction on how to mix the ingredients are included. No illustration.
Date: August 27, 1889
Creator: Smith, Byrd


Description: Patent for a lock that was invented for house doors, outside doors, inner safe doors, and other similar doors. The lock is simple in construction and easily operatable for the user's efficiency.
Date: September 8, 1903
Creator: Bell, William E. & Brown, Francis W.

Mowing Machine

Description: Patent for a mowing machine. This invention is designed to attach to mowers of various sizes in order to divide material along a proper line of swath and guide it over the cutting-bar.
Date: April 11, 1901
Creator: Weynand, Peter

Poison-Distributer for Plants

Description: Patent for a mobile, horse-drawn poison-distributer for application of a dust or spray "to destroy insects and vermin" (line 11) on "as many as five rows of plants at a time" (lines 38-39).
Date: November 28, 1905
Creator: Ward, Noble Wesley; Ward, Pleasant Simeon & Ward, Lee


Description: Patent for a metal punch for use on cold metal. It is designed to sit atop a blacksmith's anvil.
Date: December 24, 1901
Creator: Tevebaugh, Henry C.

Sash Fastener

Description: Patent for a new and useful Sash holder and lock to "provide a simple, cheap, and efficient device of this character which may be applied to either the upper or lower sashes of windows in general use at the present time without materially injuring them and without requiring the aid of a skilled mechanic" (line 10 - 15).
Date: November 16, 1897
Creator: Tuitte, Frank

Tree Protector.

Description: Patent for a new and improved tree protector. This design "provide[s] the means whereby fruit-trees, ornamental trees, and other trees may be protected against the ravages of the cutting-ant and other crawling insects" (lines 35-39).
Date: February 28, 1882
Creator: Hornung, August & Fuos, Adolph Hermann


Description: Patent for improvements in wheeled-plow by adding inner and outer guide to the bent axle and an adjusting device to the stop-plate; these additions enable the plow adjustment process effortless. Illustration is included.
Date: August 17, 1880
Creator: Reuss, John L.


Description: Patent for a windmill regulator, specifically windmill breaks "to be used in connection with a windmill placed upon a tower in the usual manner and having the controlling-wire depending therefrom to be drawn upon for stopping the pumping mechanism and to be released for allowing it to resume its operation" (lines 22-28), including illustrations.
Date: September 25, 1900
Creator: Rohlf, Claus H.