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Adjustable Bench Hook.

Description: Patent for a new and improved bench hook. This design "consists in a bench-hook constructed with a plate carrying a sliding bar, to which is adjustably secured a hook. The sliding bar and hook are locked in place by a clamp and cam attached to the plate, and the plate and its attachments are locked to the bench-front by a stationary lug attached to the plate, and a moveable lug attached to a lever pivoted to the said plate and locked in place by a cam, so that the said hook can be readily adjusted upward, downward, forward, and backward" (lines 20-30).
Date: July 22, 1884
Creator: Cooper, Harry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Air Compressor for Deep Well Pumps.

Description: Patent for a new and improved air-compressor. This design "relates to improvements in air-compressing mechanism for the purpose of pumping for forcing from deep wells and performing similar work; and it consists in the construction and arrangement of a larger and smaller air-cylinder, and the combination therewith of mechanism to force the air from the larger into the smaller cylinder to increase the air-pressure in the latter" (lines 22-30).
Date: August 2, 1887
Creator: Adams, John R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Service Cock.

Description: Patent for a new and improved automatic service cock. This design "furnish[es] an improved automatic valve to form the connection between the water-main or distributing pipe and the service-pipe of a building for regulating the flow and pressure of water in such service-pipe and preventing overpressure" (lines 7-12).
Date: December 20, 1881
Creator: Freeman, William R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Baggage Check and Clasp.

Description: Patent for a new and improved baggage check and clasp. This design "consists in a novel construction and arrangement of a check, a direction-plate, and a clasp for securing said parts to an article of baggage" (lines 18-21).
Date: August 1, 1882
Creator: McLeary, James Harvey
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Banana-Case

Description: Patent for a banana case to "provide a case or crate in which bananas may be readily packed and transported without injury to the fruit."
Date: November 13, 1888
Creator: Aiken, Robert H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Barrel for Outhouses.

Description: Patent for a new and improved barrel. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the barrel-head having the opening, of the cover adapted to close said opening, the bolt extending through said cover and into the barrel, the clamping bar longer than the width of said opening in the barrel-head, said bar being centrally pivoted by a rivet to the lower end of said bolt, and a nut screwed upon the upper end of said bolt for clamping said cover in position" (lines 16-25).
Date: May 8, 1888
Creator: Carrico, Thomas W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Barrel-Truck.

Description: Patent for a new barrel truck or wheeled dolly design for moving barrels or boxes more easily, including illustrations.
Date: December 27, 1887
Creator: Wilson, William W. & Newton, Jeremiah L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Beauties of San Antonio River

Description: Photograph of the San Antonio River. The silhouettes of three individuals are visible in the bottom left corner of the image. The other side of the river has buildings behind a wooden fence. The back of the photograph has a printed history of the city of San Antonio.
Date: 1889
Creator: Jacobson, M. E.
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Bench Clamp.

Description: Patent for a new and improved bench clamp. This design, "[b]eing made of iron or other suitable material . . . is strong, durable, and inexpensive. It requires no bolts or screws to secure it to the work-bench or other object where its use may be required, and can be put in position and removed easily and quickly. It occupies but little room on account of its compactness, and can be applied to any piece of work without marring it" (lines 72-80).
Date: January 25, 1881
Creator: Murphy, James
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bitters.

Description: Patent for stomach-bitters (a bittersweet digestive aid) “a new and healthy composition of matter to be used as a tonic, and to be known as the ‘Improved Bitters,’ ” (lines 5-7) which includes ingredients and dosage. Ingredients are Cologne spirits (the highest grade of distilled alcohol), Ceylon cinnamon, orange-peel, galanga-root, zedoary-root, cloves, star aniseed, coriander, Roman chamomile-flowers, cassia-buds, juniper-berries, gentian-root, wormwood, peppermint herb, calamus-root, elder-flowers, lavender-flowers, cardamom-seed, and mace.
Date: December 9, 1884
Creator: Kieffer, Nickola
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Boot

Description: Patent for a boot design that contains a counter-support of coil springs while also being inexpensive, durable, and efficient.
Date: October 2, 1888
Creator: Benson, Henry L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Brake for Vehicles

Description: Patent for "a brake which shall be easy in operation, cheap in construction, and not liable to get out of order" (lines 13-17).
Date: October 25, 1887
Creator: Bacon, Edward Hamlin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Breech-Loading Fire-Arm.

Description: Patent for breech-loaded fire-arms, with illustrations. The purpose of the breech-loaded fire-arms was to improve existing fire-arms by allowing for a method to prevent accidental discharge.
Date: March 18, 1884
Creator: Schraud, Franz
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling

Description: Patent for "a car-coupler which will be automatic in its operation in coupling the cars as they come together on the track, and at the same time to provide a positive uncoupling device which may be operated on any part of any of the cars, as well as by an engineer, when it is desired to uncouple the cars or a car from the engine" (lines 14-21).
Date: October 30, 1888
Creator: Carolan, Eugene P. & Lee, Patrick H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design "consists in the combination, with a draw-bar having a socket and buffer-prongs on its ends, of a ball in the socket, coupling-hooks pivoted between jaws connected with the ball, a weighted stem projecting from the ball, and a sliding latch-rod for engaging with the stem and automatically releasing it when the cars come together" (lines 8-15).
Date: May 19, 1885
Creator: Hampl, Joseph & Jacobs, David
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design "consists in the employment of a handled shaft hung in suitable bearings or buffers at the end of the car, and having a wheel provided with a series of pins or arms adapted to be automatically projected and retracted, said shaft also having ratchets engaged by holding-pawls" (lines 15-21).
Date: November 14, 1882
Creator: McLeary, James Harvey
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved design for freight car coupling. This design calls for a sliding block, with the assistance of metal pins, to lock the link between two freight cars firmly in place. This eliminates the possibility of accidental disconnect.
Date: January 11, 1881
Creator: Upson, Bolivar J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car Truck.

Description: Patent for a new and improved car-truck. This design "consists in providing the lateral guide-wheels with long axles which are inclined at an angle of about forty-five degrees to the ordinary truck-wheels, and in providing the bolsters of the truck with a central opening, and otherwise constructing the same with a view to attachment of such inclined axles" (lines 17-24).
Date: February 22, 1881
Creator: Beaumont, Franklin, Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department