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Apparatus for Handling Brick.

Description: Patent for an apparatus for handling brick "whereby the number of brick handled by a single hand may be greatly increased" (lines 9-11) including illustrations.
Date: January 3, 1888
Creator: Aber, Edgar
Item Type: Patent

Wagon Brake

Description: Patent for an improvement in wagon brakes
Date: 1887-8-2
Creator: Absalom Templeton
Item Type: Patent

Ironing Table.

Description: Patent for a new and improved ironing board. This design consists in "the rigid supporting-frame of an ironing-table, a cross-piece secured to the outside of the upper ends of the supports at one end of the frame, so that its upper edge shall project above the supports, an ironing-board top hinged to one side of the cross-piece, and a shelf secured to the upper edge and projecting to the opposite side of said cross-piece" (lines 86-94).
Date: October 19, 1886
Creator: Adair, Annie E.
Item Type: Patent

Book Adjuster.

Description: Patent for a new and improved book-adjuster. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the holder having the horizontal longitudinal recess and the vertical screw-threaded aperture, of the base-piece, the adjusting-screw swiveled at its lower end in the said base-piece, and the spring-catch" (lines 3-8).
Date: February 8, 1887
Creator: Adair, Irvine James
Item Type: Patent

Copy Holder.

Description: Patent for a new and improved copy-holder. This design "is [for] an improved copy-holder intended especially for holding deeds when being transcribed to the records, and seeks to provide a simple, inexpensive construction by which the deed may be held and to and from which the deed or other paper may be adjusted without difficulty, such construction serving also to mark or indicate the particular line of the paper being copied" (lines 7-15).
Date: August 2, 1887
Creator: Adair, Irvine James
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for a new and improved plow. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with a plowshare, of cutting-knives secured to the rear end thereof and extending rearwardly therefrom in an upward direction, and a bar connecting the mold-board and landside and arranged below the cutting knives" (lines 68-73).
Date: June 23, 1885
Creator: Adair, Richard Harding
Item Type: Patent

Steam, Air, or Water Engine.

Description: Patent for simplifying the construction of steam-engines allowing them efficiently use the power of steam" gas, vapor or air in varying positions, vertical, horizontal, or inclined.
Date: May 9, 1882
Creator: Adams, James A.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for a new and improved rotary engine. This design consists "of a wheel provided with radially-sliding pistons and revolving within a fixed circumferential steam-chest, and having fixed on its axle an eccentric and spring, that operate to throw the pistons or floats outward to receive the pressure of the steam or other motor that is to drive the engine" (lines 19-26).
Date: January 20, 1880
Creator: Adams, James Ansley
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for a new and improved saddle. This design "consists in a rubber or other elastic seat having a thick central portion with tapering thin edges and a leather covering for the same" (lines 9-11).
Date: November 4, 1884
Creator: Adams, James E. & Shero, Philip
Item Type: Patent

Air Compressor for Deep Well Pumps.

Description: Patent for a new and improved air-compressor. This design "relates to improvements in air-compressing mechanism for the purpose of pumping for forcing from deep wells and performing similar work; and it consists in the construction and arrangement of a larger and smaller air-cylinder, and the combination therewith of mechanism to force the air from the larger into the smaller cylinder to increase the air-pressure in the latter" (lines 22-30).
Date: August 2, 1887
Creator: Adams, John R.
Item Type: Patent

Life Raft.

Description: Patent for boat state rooms that convert into life rafts.
Date: September 9, 1884
Creator: Adams, John R.
Item Type: Patent

Revolving Target.

Description: Patent for "a revolving target of improved and simplified construction" (lines 15-17), with instructions and illustrations.
Date: October 5, 1886
Creator: Adams, William H.
Item Type: Patent

Corn and Cotton Scraper.

Description: Patent for a new and improved corn and cotton scraper. This design "is to provide an improved corn and cotton scraper for turning or shovel plows for the cultivation of cotton, corn, and other plants, which is adapted to be attached to the beam of the plow without weakening the same by cutting or boring. The scraper is so arranged as to be adjusted either to the right or left, as desired, and up and down, on a central slotted foot-piece, by means of which the line of draft on the blade of the scraper is at all times the same as that on the beam of the plow" (lines 14-25).
Date: November 9, 1886
Creator: Adams, William Hinyard
Item Type: Patent

Bag Holder and Filler.

Description: Patent for a new and improved bag holder and filler. This design "consists of an expansible bag holding and filling funnel composed of a metallic strip having overlapping edges and provided with attached spring-wires, such funnel being capable of contraction to enter a bag, and of expanding therein for the purpose of holding and filling the bag" (lines 13-19).
Date: February 6, 1883
Creator: Adkisson, Duncan Rudolph
Item Type: Patent

Oil Press Mat.

Description: Patent for a new and improved oil press mat. This design "is to flexibly connect the metal plates or leaves of a three-leaved oil-press mat in such manner that when the mat with the bags of meal interposed between its leaves is subjected to pressure for the purpose of expressing the oil the parallelism of the leaves will be maintained and endwise shifting of the same prevented. A further object is to provide a fastening . . . which shall be stronger, more durable, and more positive in its functions" (lines 31-41).
Date: June 7, 1881
Creator: Ahrenbeck, William
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for a banana case to "provide a case or crate in which bananas may be readily packed and transported without injury to the fruit."
Date: November 13, 1888
Creator: Aiken, Robert H.
Item Type: Patent

Wire Stretcher.

Description: Patent for a new and improved wire stretcher. This design consists in "a frame having two arms, one carrying a fixed clamp and the other a roller, a windlass mounted on said frame having a rope passing over said roller and adapted to be fixed to an end of wire, and a central clamp consisting of a rigid bar on the frame between its arms, a notched clamp pivoted thereon, and a ring for retaining the clamp" (lines 6-14).
Date: February 22, 1887
Creator: Ainsworth, Phineas Hardaman
Item Type: Patent

Rotary Engine

Description: Patent for "a new and improved rotary engine which is simple and durable in construction and very effective in operation, using the steam expansively and to the fullest advantage, at the same time being adapted to compound engines" (lines 8-12).
Date: November 5, 1889
Creator: Akers, William P.
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for "a new and improved car-starter adapted for all kinds of cars and vehicles, being specially of great value on grades" (lines 8-11).
Date: February 5, 1889
Creator: Akers, William P. & Lindsey, John C.
Item Type: Patent

Farm Gate.

Description: Patent for a new and improved farm gate. This design consists "[i]n a swinging-gate, the combination of a plate provided with notches upon its upper outer end and connected to the upper end of the inner gate-post, a lever pivoted to the plate and connected with the upper pintle of the gate, a latch pivoted to the lever and extending down through a slot therein to engage with the notches in the plate, and suitable cords and pulleys for operating the latch and lever" (lines 17-26).
Date: July 7, 1885
Creator: Akin, Leonidas T.
Item Type: Patent

Hopper for Leaching Ashes.

Description: Patent for improved ash-hopper that is composed of suitable frame, two side boards, two triangle end boards that can be used to improve leaching ashes.
Date: June 7, 1881
Creator: Alexander, Abbington B.
Item Type: Patent

Car Door Fastening.

Description: Patent for a new and improved car-door fastening. This design "consists in a novel construction and arrangement of a staple, a hook-hasp, key, and a key-plate, whereby several advantages are obtained . . . for securing the sliding doors of box-cars and other railway-cars" (lines 8-14).
Date: April 19, 1881
Creator: Alexander, Francis Marion
Item Type: Patent


Description: Patent for a simple, inexpensive, fraud preventing fare-box for street-railways.
Date: August 8, 1882
Creator: Alexander, Samuel & Boyle, Frank
Item Type: Patent

Cotton Press.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton press. This design "consists of a horizontal press with reciprocating follower, worked by power, the press being arranged to receive the cotton from a chute descending from the floor above the press, the said press and the driving mechanism being constructed and arranged . . . specifically" (lines 7-13).
Date: January 22, 1884
Creator: Allen, John Chapman
Item Type: Patent