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Ant Trap.

Description: Patent for a new and improved ant trap. This design "has for its object the production of a simple, cheap, and effective device whereby the ants are confined to a space within the circle of the trap, speedily captured, and exterminated. It consists in a trap constructed with a circular flanged pit provided with tubes leading therefrom to a central ant-receptacle; also, in the details of construction of the trap" (lines 8-16).
Date: November 9, 1886
Creator: Barnes, Robert Hanson & Salles, George Camiel
Item Type: Patent

Improvement in Wheels for Vehicles.

Description: Patent for "an improved hub for buggy and other vehicle wheels, which shall be simple in construction, strong, and durable, and which will run with little friction." (Lines 10-13) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: December 23, 1873
Creator: Brown, David
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for an insecticide that uses an arsenic compound to kill insects instead of Paris green or London purple, and can easily be made into a beautiful green powder that may be used as a pigment.
Date: November 27, 1894
Creator: Brumleu, Ludwig & Brumleu, Ernest
Item Type: Patent

Vechicle-Top Support.

Description: Patent for "supports for the bows of folding vehicle-tops, and has for its object to provide an improved device of this character for application to one end of the shifting rail of the top, so as to receive the bows and cushion them against injury in folding and when the vehicle is passing over a rough roadway." (Lines 8-15) Illustration included.
Date: May 15, 1900
Creator: Buchanan, Sanford McElroy
Item Type: Patent

Vehicle Top Support

Description: Patent for vehicle top support. Illustration included.
Date: March 14, 1903
Creator: Buchanan, Sanford McElroy; Cain, D. B. & Buchanan, J. F.
Item Type: Patent

Improvement in Bale-Tie Buckles.

Description: Patent for an improved bale-tie buckle which will not slip or break under great strain.
Date: September 5, 1876
Creator: Bunker, Thaddeus, of Cuero, Texas.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for structural improvement in machines used for boring post holes and wells with illustrations and instructions included.
Date: April 13, 1880
Creator: Cudd, Decater P.
Item Type: Patent

Apparatus for Floating Vessels.

Description: Patent for a mechanism for raising, and hauling into deeper water, a floating vessel that has run aground.
Date: November 12, 1901
Creator: Debose, Albert S.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for a car-replacer that is simple and inexpensive and can be easily set and removed. The replacer has two blocks shaped like triangles and tie rods connecting the blocks.
Date: February 13, 1894
Creator: Debose, Albert S.
Item Type: Patent

Combined Railway-Switch and Car-Replacing Mechanism.

Description: Patent for a combined railway-switch and car-replacing mechanism that is meant to "provide certain improved devices which can be arranged to operate as a switch mechanism, or as car replacing means, which can be easily manipulated, are of a simple construction and which will effectively serve for their intended purposes" (lines 11-16). It can be easily assembled and dissembled.
Date: November 27, 1894
Creator: Debose, Albert S.
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


Description: Patent for an improvement in washing machines. The shaping and components are meticulously detailed and indicate they play a part in the said improvement.
Date: January 20, 1874
Creator: Eberhardt, T. C.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for an improved addressing machine, which will "paste, cut, and attach the slip simultaneously, or with one operation" (lines 26-27), with instructions and illustrations.
Date: December 27, 1887
Creator: Eberhardt, Theophilus Charles
Item Type: Patent

Device for Handling and Cleaning Seed-Cotton by Atmospheric Suction.

Description: Patent for a new device for handling and cleaning seeding cotton by atmospheric suction in which the cotton may be conveyed and cleaned without passing through the exhaust-fans, thereby avoiding danger of the machine being choked while in operation. (Lines 14-17) Illustration is included.
Date: May 19, 1891
Creator: Eberhardt, Theophilus Charles
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for improvements "in the peculiar construction and combination of [engraving machines]" (lines 10-11).
Date: November 19, 1889
Creator: Eberhardt, Theophilus Charles
Item Type: Patent

Paper Holder and Cutter.

Description: Patent for a new and improved paper cutter. This design "relates to that class of paper holders and cutters in which the paper is drawn through a holder and severed at any desired point. Its objects are to secure a cheap, simple, durable, efficient, and easily-manipulated apparatus capable, if required, of holding several sheets of the same or different widths, which can be fed side by side and cut to the requisite length, leaving a projecting edge behind the cutter to afford ready means of drawing out the succeeding sheet" (lines 9-19).
Date: November 13, 1888
Creator: Eberhardt, Theophilus Charles
Item Type: Patent

Printing Plate.

Description: Patent for a new and improved printing-plate. This design "relates to an improvement in printing-plates designed particularly for printing mailing-lists for newspapers and other periodicals" (lines 8-11). To this end, it consists in "[t]he combination of the bar or holder having the downwardly and inwardly turned ends, and the printing-plates secured on the former . . . of the loop loosely mounted on the plate, and the interposed wedge-shaped locking-key" (lines 5-16).
Date: July 22, 1890
Creator: Eberhardt, Theophilus Charles
Item Type: Patent

Apparatus for Handling Cotton.

Description: Patent for an apparatus for handling seed-cotton. This apparatus is designed to move seed-cotton to gin-feeders, then from the condenser to the press, and also for conveying seeds and motes to an area of deposit.
Date: June 19, 1890
Creator: Eberhardt, Theophilus Charles.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for a refrigerator especially designed to cool meat, dairy, and other farm products. It uses little ice and cools using vaporization.
Date: October 1, 1895
Creator: Elder, Philip T.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for hydrocarbon-burner "adapted to be used in stoves, both heating and cooking" (lines 17-18). The device "may be attached to any stove" (lines 24-25). The "invention consists in the novel construction of the burner and particularly the cap" (lines 27-28) as well as "other novel features" (lines 29-30).
Date: September 8, 1903
Creator: George, Charles Hentz
Item Type: Patent

Insect Destroyer.

Description: Patent for a new and improved pest control device. This design "consist[s] of the flexible air-supply funnel, having end-supporting and mouth-distending rim, terminating in vertical bottom legs or branches, the gas generator, the air-inlet tube having the valve, and the rigid gas-discharge tube" (lines 22-28).
Date: December 25, 1883
Creator: Grafton, William
Item Type: Patent

Design for a Watch-Chain.

Description: Design patent for a rosary watch-chain that includes strings of beads, hearts, an image of the "Virgin Mary," and a watch-key in the shape of a crucifix. There is no accompanying illustration.
Date: May 12, 1885
Creator: Graham, William H.
Item Type: Patent

Horse - Releaser.

Description: Patent for certain new and useful improvements in "devices for releasing fractious animals from vehicles" (line 15 -16).
Date: March 8, 1898
Creator: Grossman, Amanda I.
Item Type: Patent