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Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design "relates to car-couplings, more especially of that class known as 'swing-pins;' and the object of the invention is to provide a swinging weight which will press the pin normally into operative position, and which will also support the link" (lines 7-12).
Date: August 12, 1890
Creator: Bass, Alonzo T.
Description: Patent for a new and improved plow-stock. This design "has for its object to provide an implement of peculiar novel construction, whereby the different forms of plowshares, shovels, or other cultivating implements or combinations of different cultivating instrumentalities may be varied, interchanged, and adjusted at will to suit the character of the soil, the nature of the crop, or the requirements of the occasion" (lines 8-16).
Date: November 1, 1892
Creator: Brooks, Texas.
Description: Patent for a new and improved advertising sign. This design "relates to apparatus or devices for marking or indicating upon the outside of boxes or drawers the names and prices of the merchandise or other articles contained therein; and it consists in the improved construction and combination of parts of a device of the above-mentioned class" (lines 23-29).
Date: April 7, 1885
Creator: Brown, Sampson Harvey
Description: Patent for a new and improved merchandise tag. This design consists of a stick "provided with means for holding it fixed in its position after it has been inserted and having hinged to its outer end the tag having a strip of suitable material secured around its edges, as shown, so as to form on both sides of the tag the flanges adapted to receive the removable, reversible, and interchangeable cards (lines 1-8).
Date: August 25, 1885
Creator: Brown, Sampson Harvey
Description: Patent for an improved design of a balance staff and wheel used for watch repair. The new design allows for an easier repair when replacing a broken staff and decreases the chance that the wheel would be damaged when replacing the staff. Included are instructions and illustrations.
Date: May 18, 1880
Creator: Bugbee, George G.
Description: Patent for a new and improved buckle. This design calls for "the rear side of the cross-piece [to be] provided with a recess . . . to receive the back of the tongue-joint, so that the latter shall not be in the way when the strap is to be passed between the cross-pieces . . . after being adjusted upon the tongues or studs" (lines 35-41).
Date: November 30, 1880
Creator: Bugbee, George Gooding
Description: Patent for stake-pin that improves upon previous stake-pins that are used for picketing horses and attaching the ropes. This design allows for the rope to stay out of the dirt. Included are instructions and illustrations.
Date: May 18, 1880
Creator: Carnes, William, Sr. & Penfield, Charles W.
Description: Patent for an improvement in wagon sheet coverings / tent. The improvement is in the sides of the wagon sheet can be extended by loosening straps to fall the length to the ground and be staked to the earth. This gives a tent to sleep under after a day of traveling.
Date: August 13, 1871
Creator: Fitzgerald, M. M.
Description: Patent for a steam boiler "to provide simple and effective means for quickly generating steam by exposing the water fully to the caloric influence of the furnace or fire in the latter through the medium of radial tubular attachments" (lines 9-14), including illustrations.
Date: September 3, 1901
Creator: Hensley, Frank Alfred
Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the draw-head, of the transverse pivot-pin in the top of the draw-head, the coupling-pin provided with a longitudinal slot engaging said pivot-pin, and the weights mounted on said pivot-pin and adapted to bear on the end of the link" (lines 76-81).
Date: October 22, 1889
Creator: Hodges, Clemont Clay
Description: Patent for the invention relates to improvements in gate-latches. The object of the present invention is to improve the construction of gate-latches and to provide an automatic one adapted to lock the gate when the latter closes and capable of automatically setting itself in proper position for engaging and locking the gate should it be closed instead of open or in position to receive the gate.
Date: May 29, 1900
Creator: Jones, Albert Sidney
Description: Patent for chimney protectors "which can be readily applied and will secure a water-tight joint between the smoke-pipe and the roof." (Lines 11-13) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: December 8, 1896
Creator: Lamprecht, William & Krieger, Edward C.