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Wash Boiler.

Description: Patent for a new and improved laundry boiler. This design consists in "a partition at its lower end slightly above the bottom formed with a screw-threaded neck at its center, a perforated tube fitting with its lower end upon the neck and having its upper end closed, and a number of perforated triangular tubes upon the side of the boiler provided with stoppers at their upper ends and extending from the partition in the lower end of the boiler, and a rack consisting of rings connected at their upper edges by cross-pieces" (lines 76-86).
Date: October 5, 1886
Creator: Fountain, Henry Stephen
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Post Auger.

Description: Patent for a new and improved post auger. This design consists in "[t]he combination, in a post-auger, of the socketed block, the screw-threaded rod extending from the center of the lower end of the block, the expander-disk fitting upon said threaded rod, and having the slotted wings or extensions, the two nuts for adjusting the position of the expander-disk upon the threaded-rod . . . whereby the lower pointed ends of the blades may be arranged to cross one another . . . the shaft [and] the cross-handle" (lines 73-96).
Date: February 12, 1884
Creator: Miles, John E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Bale-Ties.

Description: Patent for a variety of cotton-bale ties that has has a series of notches and pins that lock together when the ends are brought together.
Date: December 30, 1879
Creator: Singer, Edgar C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling.

Description: Patent for a car-coupling that has a "hollow draw-head provided with a horizontal chamber, a vertical pin-hole near the forward end of said chamber, and a slot in the lower part of said draw-head opening into said chamber, of a sliding latch mounted in said chamber and provided with a lip projecting beyond the outer end of said latch and curved downward as shown, and with a groove on the lower side of said latch, of a pivoted arm engaging in said groove, and a weight integral with said arm and wholly inclosed within said slot and adapted to move said sliding latch forward beneath the lower end of the pin when the latter is raised" (lines 5-18). A coupling pin is mounted in the pin-hole.
Date: April 7, 1896
Creator: Barry, Jefferson D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Cotton-Pickers.

Description: Patent for "new and useful Improvements in Hand-Machines for Gathering Cotton in the Field" (lines 3-5), including instructions and illustrations.
Date: September 16, 1856
Creator: Shields, B. G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Brick-Machines.

Description: Patent for the improvement of brick-machines, consisting in the arrangement, with the molds, of one or more valves of flood-gates in the bottom of the pugmill, for the purpose of controlling the flow of the clay into the molds, and a roller and knife upon each side of the mill for pressing the clay into the molds and dressing the tops of the bricks. It includes a description and illustration.
Date: July 16, 1872
Creator: Houghton, Gideon H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Portable Fences.

Description: Patent for "a simple, cheap, and portable fence...which can be readily folded up for transportation from place to place." (Lines 11-13) Illustration included.
Date: November 18, 1873
Creator: Taylor, Byron L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Trace-Carrier.

Description: Patent for improvements in trace-carriers in which it would “provide each with a buckle or similar means that can be attached to the back-band of a harness for horses. The purpose is to provide means to a trace-chain which may be readily inserted in the carrier to prevent from removal, either accidentally or otherwise, so long as the carrier remains in position for service.” (Lines 12-20) Illustration is included.
Date: June 23, 1891
Creator: Barton, Samuel Jones
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Lamp-Burner.

Description: Patent for improvements in lamp-burners “is to provide means whereby the wick-tube may be parted longitudinally or vertically to permit the wick being laid in at its open side and means to keep the wick in place until the tube is closed upon it, and at the same time to avoid weakening the tube materially and to guard against leakage along the joint of the tube.” (Lines 13-20) Illustration is included.
Date: July 7, 1891
Creator: Sterling, Issac F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Leather-Dressing.

Description: Patent for improvements to "composition of matter for the stuffing or filling of leather and to soften and polish the same, and also to preserve the leather, and is particularly applicable as a dressing for harness, boots, shoes, and all leather exposed to the weather" (lines 9-14).
Date: November 18, 1890
Creator: Jolly, John M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churn-Dasher.

Description: Patent for an improvement in a churn-dasher by constructing the head of a dasher with a series of spirally-slanting blades, the front and rear edges are curved inward forming vertical openings with lancet-shaped ends. So that it would meet with less resistance when churning with the upward stroke.
Date: February 17, 1891
Creator: Sterling, Isaac F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Musical Hoop.

Description: Patent for "a musical hoop or wheel which is intended to interest and amuse children." (Lines 12-14) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: December 8, 1896
Creator: Milledge, John Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Gate.

Description: Patent for a sliding gate that closes automatically when the opening and closing mechanism is released.
Date: February 14, 1911
Creator: Otto, Paul
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Station-Indicator.

Description: Patent for certain new and useful improvements in station indicators for moving vehicles, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: December 20, 1898
Creator: Barry, Jefferson D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Tool-Handle.

Description: Patent for tool handles relating to "improvements in handles for hoes, rakes, and similar agricultural or mechanical implements; and it consists in the novel devices hereinafter described and claimed (lines 10-15).
Date: February 7, 1898
Creator: Barry, Jefferson D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department