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Map of Uvalde County.

Description: Survey map of Uvalde County, Texas, showing property lines, ownership, land grants, and plat numbers. The map also includes rivers, creeks, lakes, towns, mines, and roads. No scale information given.
Date: 1862
Creator: Martin, J. & Reichel, R.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Truss.

Description: Patent for truss in relation to the truss pad and its adjustable straps to allow for a more sanitary and secure device, including illustrations.
Date: February 10, 1914
Creator: Haile, James Thomas
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Nut and Bolt Lock

Description: Patent for a new nut and bolt lock design that is reliable and can lock permanently if needed, including illustrations.
Date: May 19, 1914
Creator: Ames, Ernest R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Envelope-Machine

Description: Patent for "a machine for making envelopes, paper bags, and similar receptacles from paper and other like materials" (lines 7-9).
Date: November 13, 1888
Creator: Clarke, George R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design consists in "a draw-head having a slotted top and a recessed bottom, of a transverse slotted bar journaled in bearings, one end being extended for the attachment of a handle, and the headless coupling-pin having the reduced or flattened portion to permit of its ready insertion and withdrawal from the transverse bar" (lines 73-80).
Date: January 11, 1887
Creator: Dial, Augustus A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Tire Tightener.

Description: Patent for a new and improved tire-tightener. This design has "parts [that] are the width of a felly and a fraction less their depth, and bearing solid against their ends are held in place by flanges on each end. As the screw is turned in it forces the parts against the ends of felly, forcing the fellies against the tire, and is prevented from coming in contact with the tire by a rubber fender, or of other substance placed under tire-tightener. Fender is held in place by flanges at each side on bottom of tire-tightener; is also provided with a sliding joint on sides to cover the opening made by expansion" (lines 14-26).
Date: February 2, 1886
Creator: Pluck, James H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Electric Car Brake.

Description: Patent for a new and improved electric car brake. This design "consists in a combination . . . of a friction-wheel mounted on a laterally-adjustable vertical shaft, provided at its upper end with a beveled cog-wheel, engaging with a beveled cog-wheel on a horizontal shaft, journaled in the under side of the car-floor, on which horizontal shaft is loosely mounted a worm, which engages with a worm-wheel mounted on [a] shaft . . . when this worm is locked on the shaft . . . the brake-chain will be wound on the shaft of the worm-wheel, and the brakes will be applied" (lines 10-23).
Date: September 26, 1882
Creator: Conover, Philip Vorus
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Saw Tooth.

Description: Patent for a new and improved saw tooth. This design "relates to saws having attachable and detachable teeth held to their places by locking plates or keys inserted, like the teeth, within recesses in the saw-plate; and it consists in a novel construction of the parts, also in combining with the same a spring-bolt, whereby each tooth and its locking key are securely held in position, with facility for detachment when required, and whereby, also, any drawing action, in cutting of the wood on the tooth, tightens the attachment of the tooth" (lines 8-18).
Date: July 29, 1884
Creator: Conover, Philip V.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Electric Car-Brake.

Description: Patent for a new and improved electric car-brake. This design "consists in a car-brake formed of a pinion attached to the car axle, the pinion taking in a ratchet-wheel provided with a projecting pin, that enters into the slots of a wheel provided with a sleeve, upon which the brake chain is wound, which sleeve can be moved on the axle by means of a lever that is actuated by a rod passing into a helix connected with a battery to the locomotive" (lines 11-19).
Date: February 24, 1880
Creator: Conover, Philip Vorus
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Feeder for Sheets of Paper, &c.

Description: Patent for improvements to sheet feeders "to take the sheet which is to be red from the bottom of the pile of sheets on a reciprocating platform which moves forward, when the sheet is seized by the suction-roller, with approximately the same speed as that of the periphery of the said roller" (lines 11-17).
Date: January 14, 1890
Creator: Clarke, George R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hat-Pouncing Machine.

Description: Patent for a felt hat-pouncing machine that can automatically pounce a hat no matter its contour, and means are "provided for setting the pouncer or pouncing-roll to bear uniformly on all parts of the convex surface to be pounced" (lines 13-15).
Date: March 17, 1896
Creator: Clarke, George R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sheet-Feeder.

Description: Patent for a simple sheet-feeder that separates the sheets from a pile so they can be fed one at a time. The patent improves on the suction-roller mechanism that takes a sheet and rolls it into a printer. It does not use grippers or mechanical means for grabbing a single sheet.
Date: August 14, 1894
Creator: Clarke, George R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Printing-Machine.

Description: Patent for "a self-feeding and self-delivering printing machine which prints sheets and not webs." (Lines 8-10) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: January 8, 1895
Creator: Clarke, George R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Thill-Coupling.

Description: Patent for a thill-coupling that has a clip-eye, pivot-bolt, and an open-slotted thill-iron that has flat and extended jaws with a hole. The jaws are lined up with the thill-iron, meant to secure a railroad spike into place. The invention also has a flat bar-spring attached to the thill-iron.
Date: July 30, 1895
Creator: Dibrell, Anthony
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Blank Book.

Description: Patent for a new and improved blank book. This design "is an improvement upon the Megee-Miller blank book which adapts it for use of type-writers and others requiring one whose sheets or leaves may be readily detached and again secured together after having been written or printed. The sheets are detachably connected with a binding-strip by means of a cord or cords" (lines 7-14).
Date: April 19, 1892
Creator: Burris, James W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Blank Book.

Description: Patent for a new and improved blank book. This design "consists in securing blank sheets to a binding forming the back of the book . . . so that the attachment and detachment of the sheets may be conveniently effected. Thus [the design] produce[s] a blank book which is particularly adapted for use of type-writers and other copyists" (lines 11-18).
Date: June 14, 1892
Creator: Burris, James W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wheel.

Description: Patent for improvements “in wheel-tightening arrangements in which a cylinder with a conical-formed end works by means of a thread inside the hub, for the purpose of forcing the spokes to the outside and to tighten by these means the whole wheel, when the wooden parts of the wheel are shrunk together.” (Lines 9-15) Illustration is included.
Date: August 11, 1891
Creator: Pluck, James
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Calipers.

Description: Patent for calipers that can be adjusted micrometrically to within one five-thousandth of an inch. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: June 29, 1897
Creator: Clarke, George R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Sheep-Shearing Token]

Description: One of a collection of 244 miscellaneous "Texas Trade Tokens." This coin is silver-colored, octagonal, and says, "Good for 1 Sheep Shorn" on one side; on the other the text is only partially readable: "[...] Santos, Phone[...]br., 8-3814, Uvalde, Texas."
Date: unknown
Partner: Star of the Republic Museum

Self-Closing Farm-Gate

Description: Patent for a self-closing farm gate that can be operated by a lever while on a vehicle or wagon. Illustrations included.
Date: July 11, 1911
Creator: Clarke, George R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wrench.

Description: Patent for a "powerful wrench of simple construction, wherein the movement for the operation of the jaws is of slight degree, partially automatic, and easily affected" (lines 41-45).
Date: April 23, 1907
Creator: Tiner, John F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Farm Gate

Description: Patent for a farm gate to open without dismounting. Illustration included.
Date: December 15, 1903
Creator: Clarke, George R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department