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Spring Bed Bottom.

Description: Patent for a new and improved box-spring. This design consists in "[t]he combination of the main frame, the springs having their connecting pieces curved or coiled to form double heart-shaped configurations, the hinged head-rests, the wide bails, movably attached at the ends of their side pieces to the connecting-pieces of the springs at the side edges of the head-rests, and having their middle pieces curved or coiled to form heart-shaped configurations resting upon the tops of the springs of the head-rest, and the coiled wire coiled around all the portions of the springs" (lines 76-87).
Date: September 29, 1885
Creator: Bunnell, James F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Paint Brush.

Description: Patent for a new and improved paint brush. This design "consists in an extensible and contractible frame having means for clamping a brush within the same, and provided at the end of its component members or plates with a sockets or tubes, in which are fitted adjustable stems carrying brush holders or sockets at their ends which are capable of receiving an angular adjustment in relation to said stems" (lines 15-23).
Date: October 13, 1885
Creator: Nowlin, William Abner
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Washing Machine.

Description: Patent for a new and improved washing machine. This design consists "in a washing-machine, the combination, with the furnace, of the box, having the semicircularly-curved top, of the cylindrical cage and the flues in the box" (lines 87-90).
Date: November 10, 1885
Creator: Richardson, William H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Saw-Sharpening Tool

Description: Patent for a saw-sharpening tool granted to Robert S. Munger. The tool may also be used for sharpening cotton gin blades.
Date: October 10, 1882
Creator: Munger, Robert S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Advertising Device.

Description: Patent for a new and improved advertising sign. This design "consist[s] in the fixed staff or upright having pulley, bent rotary vane having the opening, and adapted for the display of advertisements, inside [the] bent rotary vane, and the governor adapted to regulate automatically the speed at which the vanes are to revolve" (lines 68-80).
Date: February 19, 1884
Creator: Carly, John Wesly
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mechanism for Handling Lint Cotton.

Description: Patent for a new and improved mechanism for handling lint-cotton. This design "has for its object to avoid the accumulation of dust and light particles of fiber in the atmosphere of the gin-house, to greatly reduce the dangers of destructive conflagrations in ginning establishments, to avoid the repeated handling of the cotton between the gins and the press, and to secure a more perfect separation from the cotton of dust and other foreign substances" (lines 8-16).
Date: December 2, 1884
Creator: Munger, Robert S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton or Other Press.

Description: Patent for "that class of cotton-presses in which duplex bale or press boxes arranged to swing upon centers are adapted to be brought in line with a stationary platen and a movable follower" (lines 7-11), including instructions and illustrations.
Date: December 2, 1884
Creator: Munger, Robert S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Apparatus for Handling Seed-Cotton.

Description: Patent for a "mechanism for handling seed-cotton [...] to provide novel means for conveying said cotton directly from the wagon or from the cotton-house to the ginning mechanism, whereby the cotton is cleansed and dried during its passage" (lines 7-13). It also helps to prevent fires and contamination of ginned cotton, and to reduce labor handling seed-cotton.
Date: December 2, 1884
Creator: Munger, Robert S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

SULKY-PLOW

Description: Patent for a new and useful improvement in Sulky-Plows. The invention utilizes "a novel construction-levers, and arrangement of hangers, braces, and levers, whereby provision is made for the attachment of plow-beams of different sizes, and for adjusting the parts" (lines 7-11)
Date: July 20, 1880
Creator: Powell, Louis W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Cotton-Gin-Saw Cleaners.

Description: Reissued patent for "a device for quickly cleaning the saws of cotton-gins when they become gummed. It consists in a series of knives that are supported by a movable bar or frame, and may be thrust between the saws when the same are to be cleaned (para. 4-5).
Date: May 20, 1879
Creator: Munger, Robert S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churn.

Description: Patent for a simple, inexpensive, and effective combined churn motor and dasher that continuously and smoothly circulates cream. It has a large wheel the operator turns, which is connected through a series of pulleys to the dasher. A large frame holds the parts in place.
Date: September 11, 1894
Creator: Baugh, Edward H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Ant-Trap.

Description: Patent for an ant-trap with an inflexible bottom with a hole in the middle, a perpendicular section rough on the inside and smooth on the outside, and the perpendicular smooth sides are attached to the edges of the bottom. The trap has a device that prevents the ants from running around the trap.
Date: November 13, 1894
Creator: Carter, William B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fence-Wire Stretcher.

Description: Patent for a simple and practical fence-wire stretcher that stretches "fence-wire in the construction of fences and also taking up the slack in the wire when it sags at any point throughout the line of fence, the device being simple in construction and easily connected and disconnected from the post, as circumstances require" (lines 14-20).
Date: September 17, 1895
Creator: Baugh, Edward Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Combination-Padlocks.

Description: Patent for "a padlock in which the permutation locking device is not permanently connected to the hasp; and said invention consists of a permutation device the fixed ends whereof are provided with sockets to receive the ends of a separate hasp, and be locked therewith by a notched bolt passing through the permutation device and both ends of the hasp, whereby the usual hinged connection of the parts is avoided, and the padlock made more secure and cheaper than when the parts are permanently united." (Lines 6-17) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: December 23, 1873
Creator: Hall, William N.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Key-Hole Guards.

Description: Patent for "a guard for key-holes of locks, to prevent the use of keys by unauthorized persons, the picking of the lock, and as a means for operating the bolt when fitted for that purpose." (Lines 7-11) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: December 23, 1873
Creator: Hall, William N.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Provision-Safe.

Description: Patent for a provision safe that keeps food cool that uses "a jacket of absorbent material inclosing a suitable frame provided with shelves for supporting the articles of food, and a vat for containing water and supplying it to the jacket by capillary action whereby the temperature is reduced through the process of evaporation" (lines 15-21). This patent improves the design of provision safes.
Date: November 21, 1893
Creator: Stephens, James Howell
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department