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Lampasas Co.

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Lampasas County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, and railroads. Scale [ca. 1:190,476] (5000 varas to 7/8 of an inch).
Date: 1915
Creator: McDonald, H. F. & Bramlette, H. M.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Marking Attachment for Planters.

Description: Patent for an attachment for agricultural machines, such as planters and cultivators, that marks off the distance between rows. The attachment consists of a marker that projects laterally from the ground to form a guide for the driver of the machine.
Date: April 8, 1913
Creator: Hallenbeck, Garrett L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

DAM CONSTRUCTION

Description: Patent for a movable dam wall shorter than the depth of the water behind it, including illustrations.
Date: March 3, 1914
Creator: Hunt, Edward B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Combination Door Check and Alarm.

Description: Patent for a new and improved door-check and alarm. With this design, "[t]he latch normally stands in the engaging position, and when it aligns with one of the notches it engages the same automatically. One of the notches is so arranged that it is engaged by the latch when the door is closed, and when the knob is turned to open the door the cord, wire, or chain draws the latch out of engagement with the notch. . . . [a] bell on the end of the latch will give warning when the latch is moved, and the door cannot be opened without moving the latch" (lines 63-92).
Date: February 12, 1889
Creator: King, Charles Rufus
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cultivator.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cultivator. This design consists in "[t]he combination of the beams having the arms provided with the openings, the beams having openings concentric with [the arms'] openings, the standards, the bolts pivoting the latter to the arms and extending through the openings, the plates having their lower ends secured on said pivotal bolts and adapted to engage the rear sides of the standards, the triggers, and the bolts to pivot the said triggers to the beams, said bolts being adapted to pass through either of the [beams'] openings" (lines 3-13).
Date: August 14, 1888
Creator: Swearingen, Columbus Alexander
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Machine for Washing Dishes, Fruits, &c.

Description: Patent for a new and improved washing machine. This design "is supported horizontally over a proper fireplace or stove and . . . water introduced to fill it to a point just below the perforated detachable bottom, and the pump mechanism then set in motion. When the plunger ascends, it draws water from the water-space and extension through the valve up into the pump-chamber. When the plunger descends, it forces said water upward past the valve into the water-spaces . . . through the perforations . . . and into the washing-chamber, the water . . . washing quickly and thoroughly the articles" (lines 78-91).
Date: November 6, 1888
Creator: King, Charles Rufus
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wire Stretcher.

Description: Patent for a new and improved wire-stretcher. This design consists in "the stretcher-frame composed of side bars and a cross-bar which connects them, the hinged loop attached at one end of said side pieces and the rotary shaft arranged in bearings at the other end, the ratchet and pawl, the rope having catches, and the sheave attached to the cross-bar of the frame" (lines 15-22).
Date: September 28, 1886
Creator: Huling, Williams Neyland
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Manure Distributer.

Description: Patent for a new and improved fertilizer distributor. This design consists in "the rotating shaft having the stirring apparatus, the wheels loosely mounted on the said shaft, the detent to engage the shaft and prevent it from rotating, and the clutch mechanism to secure one of the wheels to the shaft" (lines 5-10).
Date: April 12, 1887
Creator: Harrell, Solomon James
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Folding and Self Supporting Ironing Table.

Description: Patent for a new and improved ironing board. This design consists in "the combination of a board, a leaf hinged thereto near one end, and adapted to bear against the same when turned to an upright position, a reach pivotally connected at one end with the leaf, the supporting-feet pivoted to the leaf, the supporting-feet pivoted to the free end of the reach, and the arm intermediate the free ends of the reach and board to support the latter in position when unfolded for use" (lines 24-33).
Date: August 16, 1887
Creator: White, Andrew Asbrey & King, Charles Rufus
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Weighing Apparatus.

Description: Patent for a new and improved scale. This design consists in "[a]n improved apparatus for containing and weighing shot and powder, the same consisting of the box [which is] slotted . . . the pivoted bottles and connecting cords and knobs, the pan pivoted and projecting through the slot, the weighing device proper, and indicator located on top of the box, and having a rod pendent from it and supporting the said pan" (lines 13-21).
Date: December 1, 1885
Creator: Irvine, William Fielding
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton Chopper and Scraper.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton chopper and scraper. This design consists "[i]n a four-wheeled machine for scraping and chopping cotton, the combination of the two scrapers having their standards connected by a cross-bar at the top to form a foot-rest, and pivoted intermediately to the frame, with the rear rotary choppers connected adjustably with the same shaft, and arranged at an oblique angle thereto" (lines 86-93).
Date: July 10, 1883
Creator: Russell, William R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Saddle Girth.

Description: Patent for a new and improved saddle girth. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the central ring and pad, of the strips and the radiating straps . . . [and] [t]he combination, with the central ring and pad, of the loop and the radiating straps" (lines 56-62).
Date: October 24, 1882
Creator: Williams, Calvin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Animal Tag.

Description: Patent for a new and improved animal tag. This design "consists in an animal-tag formed of a tube provided with a removable cover and an elongated staple for the strap, by which this tube is held to the animal" (lines 11-14).
Date: November 21, 1882
Creator: Queen, Elias G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wind Engine.

Description: Patent for a new and improved wind engine. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with a suitable frame, of the shaft, having wind wheel or drum, provided with rods having wings and arms or cranks, and laterally projecting brackets, having bell-crank levers, loaded at their lower ends, the connecting rods, sleeve[s], washer, spring, and . . . having pivoted rods connecting said sleeves with the arms" (lines 94-102).
Date: April 3, 1883
Creator: Fletcher, George Ephraim
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fence.

Description: Patent for a new and improved fence. This design consists of cross-posts pivoted to a stringer, provided with a top-rail, having slats extending from the stringer to the ground, and secured to said stringer by barbed wire and staples (lines 36-40). This design is easily disassembled and moved, and the barbed wire prevents animals from disturbing it.
Date: February 12, 1884
Creator: Messenger, John William
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wool-Press.

Description: Patent for a wooden machine that is used to compress wool, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: February 19, 1884
Creator: Brooks, David F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Projectile.

Description: Patent for a new and improved projectile. This design consists "[i]n combination with the ellipsoidal projectile having a truncated base, a plano-concave sabot or driver whose plane face is contiguous to the base of the projectile, and whose periphery is grooved for the attachment of the charge-container" (lines 75-80).
Date: September 9, 1884
Creator: Hopson, Lucien
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Projectile

Description: Patent for an explosive projectile for use of penetrating and exploding ironclad and steel-clad ships, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: March 3, 1885
Creator: Hopson, Lucien
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Military Saddle.

Description: Patent for a new and improved military saddle. This design is "so constructed that the valises and other equipments may be connected with the saddle in such a way as to distribute and balance their weight, and at the same time make the saddle comfortable for the rider. The invention consists in constructing a saddle with appliances to receive valises, a pair of girths, a gun, and an overcoat" (lines 19-28).
Date: September 28, 1880
Creator: Hastings, John Reed
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rotary-Engine.

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
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Animal Shears.

Description: Patent for new and improved animal shears. This design consists in "mechanism for imparting a combined reciprocating and edgewise play to the cutting knife or knives in order to cause the teeth of said knife or knives to follow or describe a curved or oval path, and thus insure greater efficiency of operation; to provide for the proper lateral contact of the knives in order to insure their proper action and to regulate the pressure or force with which one knife bears on the other; [and] to provide a peculiar form of cutter-teeth which shall be automatic or self-cleaning" (lines 19-30).
Date: February 11, 1890
Creator: Bechtol, William S. & Bessonette, William T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department