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Description: Patent for a baling-press meant to bale cotton. In this machine, "the power as applied to the plunger is increased in proportion to the resistance offered by the material being baled and whereby the forward movement of the plunger is automatically checked at the limit of its path and is returned to its initial positioin without effort upon the part of the operator" (lines 10-17).
Date: January 5, 1897
Creator: Anderson, Alva E.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for a baling-press for cotton and uses a compression chamber and a head or compressor block to compress the cotton. The invention is more effective and more expeditious than other baling-presses.
Date: June 5, 1894
Creator: Anderson, Alva E.
Item Type: Patent

Bit for Well-Drilling Apparatus.

Description: Patent for an expansion bit for a well-drilling apparatus that can be "adjusted and removed without without withdrawing the well tubing, and to provide means whereby a bit capable of drilling a hole sufficiently larger than the well tubing to accommodate a casing may be introduced through the tubing" (lines 11-16).
Date: April 3, 1894
Creator: Horton, Stephen A.
Item Type: Patent


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

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


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


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


Description: Patent for a simple cotton press that is adapted to be run from the same source of power as the gin so that the plunger operates automatically (lines 12-16).
Date: December 27, 1892
Creator: Van Dyke, James E. & Stobaugh, Harry
Item Type: Patent

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

Fencing - Machine

Description: Patent for a new and useful Wire-Fence Machine, including illustrations and instructions.
Date: October 26, 1897
Creator: Anderson, Henry C.
Item Type: Patent


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


Description: Patent for a plow-point that can be used on a shovel or spade plow. "it consists of an attachment which can be applied to the point of these plows and which will operate to more effectually divide the ground and allow the plow to cultivate the hardest and most refractory kinds of soil" (lines 10-15).
Date: December 4, 1894
Creator: Prentice, Thomas
Item Type: Patent

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


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


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

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

Railway Cattle-Guard.

Description: Patent for a new and useful railway cattle guard, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: November 22, 1898
Creator: Sivley, John J.
Item Type: Patent

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

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


Description: Patent for a simple, strong, durable, and powerful steam-powered compress for cotton bales that compresses them into standard size and density.
Date: April 4, 1893
Creator: Bryant, William hodge
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for "a trap of the character mentioned simple and efficient means for closing the entrance thereof, whereby an animal or fowl passing therethrough shall be prevented returning, and thus be held in the trap, and, further, to so construct such means as to permit the door of the trap remaining in an open position except when the animal or fowl attempts to pass out through the same, thereby affording a free passage to the interior of the trap and presenting and inducement for other animals or fowls to enter." (Lines 13-24) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: January 19, 1897
Creator: Williams, Lloyd Franklin
Item Type: Patent

Well-Drilling Apparatus.

Description: Patent for a well-drilling apparatus that easily attaches drill-bits to the ends of drill-tubes without removing the tubes from the well. It is meant for Artesian well-boring machines.
Date: April 9, 1895
Creator: Horton, Stephen A.
Item Type: Patent

Well-Drilling Apparatus.

Description: Patent for a well-drilling apparatus for boring Artesian and other wells. It is meant to "provide simple, efficient, and durable means for expanding or spreading the reamer-blades after the bit-carrying devices have been lowered sufficiently to arrange the reamer-blades below the plane of the lower end of the tubular drill-rod" (lines 10-17). Water pressure is also used to remove the cuttings from the boring-blades. Sections of cable that suspend and lower drill-bit carrying parts into the drill-rod are supported, and sections of drill-rod can be attached and added to the drill-rod. The method of securing the reamer-blades to the reamer-stock is improved with this patent. The parts fit snugly together and prevent water from getting into the drill-rod.
Date: February 18, 1896
Creator: Horton, Stephen A.
Item Type: Patent