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Improvement in Wagon-Sheet and Tent

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.

Improvement in Combination Locks.

Description: Patent for improved combination locks, with a bolt that is locked or unlocked by the combination of spindles and pivoted buttons. The invention combines the spindles in to an "annular ring having letters or numbers and a series of different shaped pegs or combinations of letters or figures or both jointly" (pg 1).
Date: September 12, 1871
Creator: Hall, William N.

Improvement in Gas-Furnaces and Forges.

Description: Patent for "an apparatus in which the gases from one or more forges, instead of passing off unconsumed into the atmosphere, enter a furnace and are burnt therein, thereby furnishing heat for the generation of steam in a boiler connected with said furnace, which steam is used to drive a fan that impels a blast into each forge, and is also used to propel an engine that operates a hammer, the exhaust from the engine being conducted to the tuyeres of the forges through pipes in which are placed red-hot iron plates, which decompose the steam, taking up the oxygen, and liberating the hydrogen which is burnt in the forges." (Lines 12-25) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: November 7, 1871
Creator: Morris, Joseph R.

Improvement in Fluting Sad-Irons.

Description: Patent for "a new combination of fluting and sad-iron, of such kind that the upper fluting-roller will serve as handle for the sad-iron, there being thus no loose or separate parts required for the two functions." (Lines 17-21) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: November 14, 1871
Creator: Franklin, Edward A.