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Cass Co.

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Cass County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, and railroads. Scale [ca. 1:177,778] (4000 varas to 3/4 of an inch).
Date: 1911
Creator: Duke, James K.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Cotton-chopper.

Description: Patent for a cotton chopper. The text describes the construction of the machine and explains how it is different from current cotton choppers.
Date: April 22, 1913
Creator: Forrest, Bedford W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hoe.

Description: Patent for a new and improved hoe. This design consists in "[a] hoe having two blades, the upper blade having a straight cutting-edge projecting from the top of the main blade at an obtuse angle to the inner face of the lower blade and entirely within the plane thereof, and the shank" (lines 79-84).
Date: December 18, 1888
Creator: Hefner, John M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wagon Brake.

Description: Patent for a new and improved wagon-brake. This design consists "of a suitable support which is attached to the rear axle-tree, the brake which is pivoted to this support, the connecting-rod pivoted to the brake, and the operating lever pivoted upon a supporting bar which extends from one standard to the other . . . The object of [the] invention is to produce a wagon-brake which is simple in construction, effective in operation, and by means of which the driver can instantly apply the brake with great power" (lines 14-25).
Date: May 7, 1889
Creator: Griffin, William Sidney
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Steam Engine

Description: Patent for an "new and improved steam-engine in which a dead center position is obviated and the pressure of the live steam is completely and very advantageously utilized" (line 7-11)
Date: August 30, 1887
Creator: Rush, Peter S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pump for Oil Cans, &c.

Description: Patent for a new and improved pump for oil cans. This design "especially relates to means for holding a pump cylinder or barrel within the cask or can, and preventing oil from escaping through the aperture or opening through which the cylinder passes; and to these ends it consists of the construction, combination, and arrangement of parts" (lines 20-26).
Date: October 27, 1885
Creator: Nelson, John Bryon
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Steam-Engine

Description: Patent for "a new and improved steam-engine, in which the pressure of the live steam is completely and very advantageously utilized," (lines 8-10) including illustrations.
Date: August 3, 1886
Creator: Rush, Peter S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Dress-Chart.

Description: Patent for dress-chart, with illustrations. The purpose of this dress-chart relating to "pattern charts for cutting any and all garments" regardless of man, woman, or child (lines 9-11).
Date: August 25, 1885
Creator: Northen, Mary Eva
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Burglar Alarm.

Description: Patent for a new and improved burglar alarm. This design "consists in the combination of the lock-frame with a pivoted plate which is connected to it at one end, and which plate carries the nipple to receive the catch, and is provided with sharp points to catch in the jamb of the door, with a sidewise-moving trigger, which is operated by the door, and a set-screw for securing the lock-plate in position upon the door" (lines 13-21).
Date: June 26, 1883
Creator: Wright, William Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Indicator for Scales.

Description: Patent for a new and improved indicator for scales. This design "consists in a weighted rocker and indicating-arm combined with a scale-beam for operation thereby . . . [it has] for [its] object to dispense with the slides heretofore used and provide for an automatic indication of weight" (lines 8-14).
Date: January 17, 1882
Creator: Fulcher, Valentine M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design "consists in a lever pivoted in the front of the top of the draw-head and provided at its outer end with an aperture, through which the coupling-pin is passed into the aperture in the draw-head, below which lever another lever is pivoted, hanging vertically across the front-opening of the draw-head, and provided at the upper part of its inner edge with a projection, so that when the coupling-link pushes the lower lever inward the upper lever and the pin are raised, and drop as soon as the link has passed into the draw-head" (lines 10-21).
Date: January 31, 1882
Creator: Griffin, James Lee
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling.

Description: Patent for an improved car coupling, including illustrations. "This invention relates to an improvement to car coupling, having for its object to effect the coupling of cars with facility and without danger to the operator, the coupling operation being performed automatically, and without requiring the passing of the operator between the cars" (lines 10-15).
Date: November 7, 1882
Creator: Nelson, John B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mixture For Fish-Baits.

Description: Patent for a coating for fish-bait of any kind which includes ingredients and instructions. The ingredients are water, asafeotida {(foul smelling gum resin from the root of several species of Ferula, a perennial herb) see: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3459456/}, oil of anise, and honey.
Date: October 21, 1884
Creator: Bates, Carol F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Signal Valve for Boilers.

Description: Patent for a new and improved signal valve for boilers. This design "consists in the combination, with a check-valve, of the ordinary construction, which is adapted to operate in connection with an inspirator, injector, or jet-pump, such as are commonly employed for feeding steam-boilers, of a signal-valve which is located above the check-valve, and which signal-valve, when the check-valve ceases to operate, is caused to open by the backward pressure of the steam from the boiler, permitting the escape of said steam, and thereby indicating that the feeder is not operating" (lines 14-26).
Date: February 24, 1885
Creator: McLane, Reed Atchinson
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design "relates to a car-coupling constructed with draw-heads having stationary hooks and recesses in their sides, and provided with pivoted hooks held in place by springs, and provided with a trip plate and lever, and with chains and a lever, whereby the cars will couple themselves when run together, can be readily uncoupled, will uncouple themselves when thrown from the track, and can be prevented from coupling when run together" (lines 23-32).
Date: May 5, 1885
Creator: Griffin, James Lee
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton Seed Planter.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton-seed planter. This design "consists in the combination of a front pair of scraping-wings attached to a central furrow-opener, a revolving biconical wheel for pressing open the furrow and operating a toothed or spiked seed stirring and distributing shaft, and a rear covering-roller having a concave periphery" (lines 18-24).
Date: April 5, 1881
Creator: Crow, John Alexander
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car Coupler.

Description: Patent for a new and improver coupler for railroad cars. This design "consists, first, in a transversely-arranged bar supported by suitable hangers secured to the end of the car a suitable distance above the draw-bar, each end of said transverse bar being provided with hand-wheels having a notch on their outer periphery, with which engage weighed pawls suitably pivoted to the side of the car; secondly, in an arm extending from said transverse bar for supporting the link" (lines 22-31).
Date: July 12, 1881
Creator: Farnam, Stephen
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bale Tie.

Description: Patent for a new and improved bale tie. This design is of a metal band with several slots, so that the accompanying metal button can pass through any two overlapping slots, securing the bale within the band.
Date: July 19, 1881
Creator: Griffin, James Lee
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Cotton-Scrapers.

Description: Patent for an improvement in the construction of cotton-scrapers, "which is secured to the stock or standard so as to project out to one side of the cultivator-shovel" (lines 14-16) including illustrations.
Date: December 23, 1879
Creator: Hill, Abner R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Saw Mill Dog.

Description: Patent for a new and improved saw mill dog. This design "is an improvement in the class of dogging apparatus which is affixed to one of the knees of a head-block of the log-carriage" (lines 8-11). The improvement consists in the combination and arrangement of parts, specifically "the notched dog and adjustable slotted drop-catch with the slotted moveable dog-bar and base-stand" (lines 77-79).
Date: November 2, 1880
Creator: Wickham, William J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department