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Fly Fan or Brush.

Description: Patent for a new and improved fly fan or brush. This design consists "[i]n an automatic fly fan or brush, a suitable hollow post terminating at its upper end in a casing, a crank-shaft and conical pulley located therein, and gearing connecting the crank-shaft with the pulley-shaft, in combination with a cord connected to the pulley and to a rubber band or cord passing around a pulley at the base of the post, said rubber cord or band at one end being connected thereto, a pitman-rod connecting the crank-shaft with the arm carrying the fan or brush" (lines 84-94).
Date: August 28, 1888
Creator: Rembert, Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Leaf Turner.

Description: Patent for a new and improved leaf-turner for sheet music. This design consists "of a rack having attached guides, the horizontally-slidable rods arranged in said guides, one above the other, the leaf-turning fingers carried by one end of said rods, the elastic cords connected with the other ends of said rods for retracting the fingers, devices for holding the rods against the tension of the cords, and a finger-piece for successively disengaging said holding devices" (lines 56-64).
Date: July 6, 1886
Creator: Richards, Augustus, Sr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fire Place.

Description: Patent for a new and improved fire place. This design "simplif[ies] the construction of . . . that class of fire-places provided with an air-space around its back, sides, and under its hearth, whereby the air in said space is heated and used for ventilating a room . . . thus enabling them to be manufactured at a greatly reduced cost and set up for use without the necessity of building an arch in the wall of a room to receive the fire-place" (lines 17-26).
Date: June 12, 1883
Creator: Rembert, Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Stand and Rack for Exhibiting Goods.

Description: Patent for a new and improved display rack and stand. This design "is to provide a novelty rack for displaying or exhibiting fancy goods, wearing-apparel, hats, bonnets, and other articles; and to such end the invention consists of a standard suitably supported by a base-piece, a collar or ring, and a series of arms sustained by the collar or ring, with their inner arms resting in frictional contact with the surface and the stand, the collar or ring being of such diameter as to stand at a distance from the standard to form a fulcrum or bearing for the arms at a short distance from their inner ends" (lines 8-19).
Date: June 19, 1883
Creator: Richards, Augustus, Sr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow Mold Board.

Description: Patent for a new and improved plow mold board. This design "consists of a circular roll arranged in the mold-board near the point and covered with belting, which, in the forward movement of the plow, is revolved and carries the earth backward on an endless belt passing around rollers journaled in the end of transverse slots made in the mold-board, whereby, in the forward movement of the plow, the belt is revolved and the friction of the earth on the mold-board decreased and the plow scoured" (lines 17-28).
Date: August 22, 1882
Creator: Dahlman, Carl Oscar
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Revolving Boot and Shoe Box.

Description: Patent for a new and improved revolving boot and shoe box. This design "consists in the employment of a revolving conoidal or tapering case having a series of compartments arranged one series above another throughout its entire height, and disposed within a surrounding case or inclosure provided with sliding doors" (lines 23-29).
Date: January 9, 1883
Creator: Irvine, William Fielding
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hydraulic Motor.

Description: Patent for a new and improved hydraulic motor. This design "consists, broadly, in alternately directing a moving column of water or like fluid into two cylinders placed side by side, and containing working-pistons united at their outer ends to crank-arms connecting with the power-shaft and with a cam-wheel operating the cut-off mechanism" (lines 15-22).
Date: October 28, 1884
Creator: Woodburn, William W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Music Holder.

Description: Patent for a new and improved sheet-music holder. This design consists "[i]n a music-holder, the combination of the base-board, the tension arms, the frictional spiral-swings, the plates perforated to receive the screw, and having the countersunk perforation to receive the knots in the ends of the elastic cords, and the knot receiver" (lines 50-55).
Date: April 28, 1885
Creator: Frampton, Joseph
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Machine for Folding and Compressing Cotton Batting.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton folder and compressor. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with a table provided with a series of transverse rolls of the same size, a reciprocating carriage mounted on the rolls, and a pair of super-imposed feeding-rolls arranged in line with the carriage, of a base arranged at the end of the table and provided with two opposite pairs of standards, the pair nearest the end of the table having vertically-opposite rolls, and the other pair of standards having a single roll, and a series of transverse feeding-rolls mounted on the base" (lines 46-57).
Date: December 10, 1889
Creator: Rembert, Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Padlock.

Description: Patent for a new and improved lock. This design is "to provide a padlock having a two-part locking-bolt, each member thereof having separate and independent action and being operated by different means, each unlocking device being guided by a scale . . . [Also,] to so construct and organize the parts of a key padlock that the combination upon which it is operated may be readily and quickly changed, and to provide the key with a simple movable index which may be shifted to . . . indicate the proper point to which the key must be turned in order to successfully operate the lock" (lines 13-29).
Date: August 27, 1889
Creator: Richards, Augustus, Sr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton-Cleaner.

Description: Patent for a cotton-cleaner that has the flue leading from the gin to the condenser. It is an improvement previously granted to the inventor (No. 506,134), where "dust-laden air will be effectually prevented from passing through the cleaning drum of the cleaner and mingling again with the cleaned cotton which is fed to the condenser" (lines 16-20).
Date: December 4, 1894
Creator: Rembert, Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mustache-Guard.

Description: Patent for "detachable mustache-guards, or protectors, adapted for use with drinking-cups or goblets, tumblers, and other drinking-vessels." (Lines 25-38) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: March 12, 1895
Creator: Frampton, Joseph
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Method of Compressing and Baling Cotton Batting.

Description: Patent for a new and improved method of baling cotton. This design "consist[s] in, first, folding the cotton in successive layers and slightly compressing the same at their folds; second, severing the web at intervals into sections; third, subjecting the sections successively and independently to compression; fourth, piling the sections; fifth, subjecting the mass thus formed to final compression, and sixth, binding or baling the same while under such compression" (lines 90-100).
Date: June 10, 1890
Creator: Rembert, Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Brick-Machines.

Description: Patent for an improvement brick machines that includes "an endless chain of molds at the bottom of the press box [...] in combination with a pressing plate and a cut-off plate" (lines 18-22).
Date: November 2, 1875
Creator: Fisher, Charles N.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Sawing-Machines.

Description: Patent for a new and valuable sawing-machine is combined and, "consists in the construction and novel arrangement of the vibrating beam, vertically-sliding block, and flanged support," (pg. 3) e.g...including instructions and illustrations.
Date: March 18, 1873
Creator: Westmoreland, Joseph M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Flood-Gate.

Description: Patent for a flood-gate meant for use in mill-dams, races, and levees. Its intended use is to allow water to come to a certain height, and automatically release water once it gets past that point. When the water returns to a reasonable height, the gate automatically closes.
Date: December 26, 1893
Creator: Dean, Asa
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton-Cleaner.

Description: Patent for a cotton cleaner that provides "certain improvements in machines for cleaning lint cotton, and especially to provide a machine of this character which is intended to be arranged in the common lint flue, so as to occupy a position between the ordinary condenser in the lint room, and the nearest gin thereto" (lines 9-16). The cotton is thoroughly cleaned after leaving the gin, so that motes, stems, sticks, dry leaves, sand, &c. will be separated from the cotton.
Date: October 3, 1893
Creator: Rembert, Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Method of Baling Cotton.

Description: Patent for a new and improved method of baling cotton. This design "is to gin, condense, and bale the cotton in one continuous operation and to so effectually reduce the size of the resulting bale of cotton in this first, original, initial process as to make it of suitable dimensions and density for market or transportation by rail or sea to final destination" (lines 13-19). It consists "in compressing the same in the form of a continuous sheet, lapping said sheet before it has time to expand in the form of a bale, and subsequently applying pressure to expel the air from between the layers" (lines 29-33).
Date: November 18, 1890
Creator: Rembert, Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Apparatus for Baling Cotton.

Description: Patent for a cotton baling machine in which, it would provide a mechanism for baling the fiber in packages, for the ease of transporting and handling; and to prevent the loss of cotton or fiber in transporting from the gin to the baling-press. Illustration is included.
Date: February 24, 1891
Creator: Rembert, Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[$1.00 Merchandise Token]

Description: One of a collection of 244 miscellaneous "Texas Trade Tokens." This coin says, "Good for $1.00 in Merchandise in Company Store Only" on one side; on the other it has the text: "J. A. Parker Lumber Co., Willis, Texas."
Date: unknown
Partner: Star of the Republic Museum

[25-Cent Merchandise Token]

Description: One of a collection of 244 miscellaneous "Texas Trade Tokens." This coin is gold-colored and says, "Good for 25 [cents] in merchandise in Company Store Only" on one side; on the other it has the text: "J. A. Parker Lumber Co., Willis, Texas."
Date: unknown
Partner: Star of the Republic Museum