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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 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 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 a new insecticide distributer using a bellows, a rotary fan, and a tube connecting the bellows to an insecticide reservoir; when pressure is applied to the bellows, the insecticide would pass through the reservoir to a flexible pipe that would distribute the insecticide to any direction without the operator breathing it.
Date: February 17, 1891
Creator: Preston, Leonidas A.
Description: Patent for manufacturing black bottle-glass by using "combination with other ingredients, an earthy slate of a peculiar character, called "clay-slate," for the purpose of furnishing the coloring-matter of the glass,as well as forming one of the bases of the glass itself."(line 10-15) Instruction only, no illustration.
Date: September 2, 1856
Creator: McCully, John F.
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 a new and improved trap for gophers and other subterranean animals. This design utilizes for the first time the combination of spring, jaw, treadle, trigger, and baseboard to ensnare gophers and other varmints.
Date: July 5, 1881
Creator: Norris, Abram.
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 a meat-tenderer that "consists of two plates having a series of intermeshing teeth thereon and connected by suitable means to allow of automatic adjustment, the object of which is to provide a utensil for culinary purposes" (lines 11-15).
Date: September 12, 1893
Creator: Passmore, Benjamin Hill
Description: Patent for a simple, durable, and effective drill that "automatically expand[s] in the bottom of the well below the tubing, to cut a hole sufficiently large for the tubing without requiring a second drilling or reaming process" (lines 11-15).
Date: September 25, 1894
Creator: Lindholm, Charlie M.
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 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