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Bell County

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Bell County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, roads, and railroads. A handwritten note in red pen reads, "Shown but not named on the Williamson County map of Jan. 8, 1856." Scale [ca. 1:228,571] (6000 varas to 7/8 of an inch).
Date: 1896
Creator: Von Rosenberg, E.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library


Description: Patent for improvement to cylindrical baling-press for packing cotton, cotton-seed hulls, bran and similar objects into cylindrical bales, including illustrations.
Date: December 24, 1901
Creator: Jones, Isaac Van Zandt
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a simplified washing machine by constructing it with "double bottoms and sides, and in providing the said machines with means by which the washing-liquid is made to flow upward between the said sides and downward upon the article or articles to be washed; and it also consists in providing suitable means whereby said articles or articles may be drained" (lines 14-20).
Date: February 14, 1888
Creator: McCausland, William I.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Combined Buckle and Trace or Breeching Loop

Description: Patent for a "device whereby, in a harness, the back-band and belly-band may readily be connected to a trace-buckle, or a breeching-loop or 'trace-square'" (lines 10-13) without sewing the buckle into other harness pieces.
Date: August 10, 1886
Creator: Kay, William V.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Baling - Press.

Description: Patent for a baling press, “an improvement in that class of automatic presses adapted for baling hay, cotton, excelsior and similar materials.” (lines 8-10) including illustrations.
Date: October 21, 1902
Creator: Curry, Monroe & Roberts, William P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hydrocarbon-Burner for Stoves or Furnaces

Description: Patent for invention that relates to improvements in hydrocarbon-burner for stoves or furnaces or the like, the same being more especially intended for the consumption of crude oils... Among other things the invention has for its object the provision of an improved burner in which the liquid is vaporized within a confined space by causing it to splash upon a suitable obstacle and against the inner surface of a heated air-tube; to heat the air as it passes to the burner and to commingle the vapor and heated air so as to obtain an economical and combustible mixture (Greene, 1902).
Date: December 27, 1901
Creator: Greene, George A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Curtain-Hanging Apparatus.

Description: Patent for an apparatus to hang curtains in pairs, designed in a way so that the curtains "may be simultaneously moved in opposite directions to open and close the same" and "to provide improved means for adjustably connecting each curtain to the supporting-pole, and also to provide improved means for hanging the pole" (lines 13-19), including illustrations.
Date: April 9, 1901
Creator: Cloud, Thomas J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Air-Brake Mechanism.

Description: Patent for "a new and useful air-brake mechanisms in relation to a pressure controller and distributer designed to perform the several independent and joint functions of a triple valve, a pressure-retaining valve, and a pressure relief or reducing valve."
Date: May 29, 1900
Creator: Dillander, John
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a wheel which joins the spokes to a metal sleeve surrounding the hub of the wheel.
Date: November 3, 1903
Creator: Votaw, Charles Leroy
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a multi-purpose tool to open barrels and similar closed items, to remove staples and nails in construction, including illustrations.
Date: September 15, 1903
Creator: Baggett, Robert A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a new and useful cotton chopper. The invention "relates to cotton-choppers, and has for its object to provide a simple and efficient device of this class whereby grass, weeds, and the like may be removed from the spaces between stands of cotton, corn, and similar vegetation" (line 8 - 13).
Date: November 2, 1897
Creator: Taylor, William Harlow
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for invention to "improve the construction of elevating-trucks and to provide a simple and comparatively inexpensive apparatus adapted to be readily moved from one place to another and capable of enabling bales, boxes and the like to be readily lifted from the ground or other supporting-surface and raised to a convenient position for loading such freight upon a wagon or other conveyance" (p. 1, lines 10-18).
Date: September 14, 1900
Creator: Penick, James E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department