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Automatic Cork Extractor.

Description: Patent for a new and improved automatic cork extractor. This design "consists, principally, of a vertically-moving and partially-rotating blade having a harpoon-shaped or shouldered head for piercing and drawing the corks; in laterally opening and closing jaws for holding the necks of the bottles; in pivoted and laterally-moving pointed levers for throwing the parts of the corks away from the blade when withdrawn, and in the construction and combination of the parts of the device" (lines 14-23).
Date: May 24, 1881
Creator: Clark, Chester Cady
Item Type: Patent

Bale-Tie Opener.

Description: Patent for "a simple and durable device by means of which the buckles or securing devices on cotton-bale ties or bands may be readily opened and the band removed from the bale without destroying the buckle or the band, so that they may be again used." (Lines 11-16) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: June 1, 1897
Creator: Gaskill, Clinton R.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for improvements in baling-presses by using a “duplex baling-press wherein the power is alternately applied by novel mechanism to the two baling-plungers in such manner that only one plunger at a given time is operating to compress the bale, and at the completion of the stroke thereof the other plunger is operated to compress its bale, the arrangement being such that the plungers are alternately engaged and released by the power mechanism and are automatically returned to operative position after they have been released.” (Lines 9-21.) Illustration is included.
Date: September 18, 1900
Creator: Watkins, William D. & Pruit, Trose P.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for a Bank-Ledger
Date: December 2, 1901
Creator: Ford, Earle
Item Type: Patent

Bed Frame Brace.

Description: Patent for a new and improved brace for bed frames. This design "consists in providing a transverse slat at each of its ends with a pair of diverging hooks, the same to be connected to the rail on each side by means of screw-eyes, and thereby preventing the bedstead from spreading, bracing it transversely and obliquely" (lines 19-25).
Date: September 19, 1882
Creator: Clark, Chester Cady
Item Type: Patent

Bedstead Fastener.

Description: Patent for a new and improved bedstead-fastener. This design "relates to the construction of a fastener for bedsteads, the object of the invention being to provide a fastener by which the parts are firmly held together and prevented from springing; and to these ends the invention consists of certain details of construction and combination of parts" (lines 8-14).
Date: August 3, 1886
Creator: Dickey, John S. & McKinney, William P.
Item Type: Patent

Boll-Weevil or Other Insect Destroyer.

Description: Patent for improvement to the machine set forth in the patent granted to John S. Doak and Alexander G. Farrington on April, 1902, No. 696419. (Page 1, lines 12-14.) The improvements are to use “a pair of troughs connected to a truck and provided with upwardly-projecting wings on their outer edges, spring-arms attached to the truck and pressing normally against the wings and the outside parts of the troughs, spiral springs adjustably mounted on the truck and pressing against the spring-arms, and means for forcing insects from growing plants into the troughs.” (Page 3, lines 74-83.) Illustration is included.
Date: March 28, 1905
Creator: Doak, John S. & Farrington, Alexander G.
Item Type: Patent

Brace for Bedsteads.

Description: Patent for a new and improved brace for bed frames. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the bedstead having bolts at the corners, the hooks at the centers of the end rails, and the hooks at the centers of the side rails, of the two wires on each side having their ends secured to the bolts, engaging the hooks and passing to the side of the bed and engaging the hooks, the rings strung on and embracing the adjoining wires between the hooks . . . so as to cause the wires to be brought together, and the cord or strap connecting the said rings so as to slide the rings upon the wires" (lines 20-31).
Date: February 14, 1888
Creator: Warfield, Dunbar Griffith
Item Type: Patent

Burglar Alarm.

Description: Patent for a new and improved burglar alarm. This design consists in "[t]he combination of the casing, the shaft having the winding-drum, the rope connected to the latter passing over a pulley and having a weight attached thereto, a ratchet-wheel at one end of the shaft, a pitman connecting said ratchet-wheel with the alarm-sounding mechanism, a spring-latch engaging the ratchet-wheel and having a cam-lever pivoted in a notch at its front end, the lamp having a scratch-plate attached to its burner, and the lamp-chimney having a vertical slot in its lower end" (lines 39-50).
Date: August 27, 1889
Creator: Carter, Elmira
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for "a very simple and economically-constructed alarm mechanically connected with windows and doors of a house or a room and adapted to be sounded by a raising or opening of the same, and at the same time to strike a light or illuminate the surroundings (lines 10-15).
Date: October 7, 1890
Creator: Canterbury, Crawford R.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for a burglar-alarms by constructing “an alarm which would adapted and arranged to sound and to be operated at and by the raising of the window or opening of the door, and simultaneous with the sounding of the alarm to produce an illumination.” (Lines 10-15) Illustration is included.
Date: April 14, 1891
Creator: Canterbury, Crawford R.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for an improvement in churn by using a combination of a sliding bar, a cord secured to the dasher-shaft, and vertical rods to create a mechanical movement that would wind and unwind the cord in order to operate the churn. Illustration is included.
Date: March 3, 1891
Creator: Crouch, Riley
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for improvements in churns is to “simplify and improve the construction of the means for operating vertically-reciprocating churn-dashers and to enable the dasher to be adjusted vertically, according to the amount of lacteal fluid to be churned.” (Lines 11-15) Illustration is included.
Date: April 21, 1891
Creator: Dickey, John S.
Item Type: Patent

Churn Power.

Description: Patent for a new and improved churn-power. This design "relates particularly to a vertical single-dasher reciprocating churn, and has for its object to provide a churn-power of the character that shall be simple and durable in construction, one that will give a maximum length of stroke, and one that will always keep the dasher elevated when not in operation" (lines 7-14).
Date: September 23, 1890
Creator: Dickey, John S.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for an improved construction design for churn power that "may be readily employed in connection with any ordinary vessel serving as a churn body, and which will effect a rapid production of butter" (lines 12-15).
Date: January 23, 1894
Creator: Taylor, Marion M.
Item Type: Patent

Churning Device.

Description: Patent for a new and improved churn. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the base having uprights forming guides for the vertically-movable rod, of the rod movable in said guides and adapted to be connected with a rod or dasher, the treadle, a link connecting the treadle with said rod, the shaft having a platform adapted to support the churn-body and provided with a crank, and a pitman connecting said crank with the treadle" (lines 72-80).
Date: June 1, 1886
Creator: Dickey, John S.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for certain new and useful improvements in a combination tool, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: June 14, 1898
Creator: McCarty, William N.
Item Type: Patent

Composition of Matter for Removing Grease, &c.

Description: Patent for a compound that is meant to remove grease, oil, paint, and similar things from delicate cloth. It is composed of gasoline, chloroform, sulfuric ether, alcohol, spirits of ammonia, powdered borax, powdered carbonate of soda, and saltpeter in lumps.
Date: February 7, 1893
Creator: Ehman, Benedickt
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for an improved, simple, and durable corn harvester that "when drawn over a field of corn of cutting the ears of corn from two rows simultaneously, and of depositing the cut corn in a receiver at the rear of the cutters" (lines 11-15).
Date: October 10, 1893
Creator: Perkins, James Edward
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for a new cotton-packer design involving a drum, pulleys, rope, and springs, with illustrations.
Date: October 4, 1887
Creator: Thompson, Robert K.
Item Type: Patent

Cotton Picker

Description: Patent for a cotton picker. This invention consists is a "pneumatic apparatus for conveying cotton when picked from the plant, and comprises a suction-fan and casing therefor, which latter has pipes and through which air is drawn" (lines 15-19). Illustration included.
Date: February 10, 1904
Creator: Bennie, William
Item Type: Patent

Cotton-Stalk Puller.

Description: Patent for an improved machine for pulling cotton-stalks by making “the pulling-wheel turned in a direction to cause its side engaging the cotton-stalks to move rearwardly or in a direction opposite to that in which the machine is advancing” (lines 87-91), illustration is included.
Date: February 10, 1891
Creator: Womack, Lewis L.
Item Type: Patent

Cultivator Attachment

Description: Patent for a cultivator attachment. Illustration included.
Date: October 17, 1904
Creator: Joyce, John Worth
Item Type: Patent

Feed Cutter.

Description: Patent for a new and improved feed-cutter. This design consists in "a body having bottom and sides provided at their forward ends with a metallic plate and supporting-leg, and frame having sill, uprights, and panels, in combination with frame sliding in grooves in the uprights and provided with knife, lever, swinging link having offset, and inclined trough having sides provided with detents" (lines 92-100).
Date: May 4, 1886
Creator: Wilson, John Calhoun
Item Type: Patent