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Shelby County, Texas

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Shelby County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, and roads. Handwritten notes have been made on the published map in red ink to emphasize certain points on the map. Scale [ca. 1:213,333] (4000 varas to 5/8 of an inch).
Date: 1899
Creator: Appell, P. F.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Body-Brace

Description: Patent for a body brace made of wire and padding. One pad rests against the chest and the other rests against the front of the legs. There is a coil mechanism in the center that helps the wearer stand upright.
Date: July 1, 1902
Creator: Russell, Manning W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Egg-Crate.

Description: Patent for an egg-crate that has "hinged sections, the middle section being composed of a solid block with cavities top and bottom corresponding with cavities formed in the lower and the top surface respectively of the upper and the lower portions which fit on opposite sides of the middle solid portion, the said three portions or sections being hinged together and provided with a suitable fastening" (lines 16-25).
Date: February 6, 1894
Creator: West, James
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Gate

Description: Patent for special operating mechanism for opening and closing a gate by use of a lever that will cause the gate to swing open and closed.
Date: May 29, 1906
Creator: Fears, John
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Saw-Set.

Description: Patent for an invention "which can be used for setting the teeth of all kinds of saws by hand, and without requiring and intricate machinery" (lines 15-18). The patent includes instructions and an illustration.
Date: February 15, 1870
Creator: Harris, H. A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Gang-Plows.

Description: Patent for improvements to the gang-plow consisting of "an adjustable frame, within which two or more ordinary plows can be arranged to form the gang, said frame being constructed so as to enable one set of plows to run deep, while the other set can be made to run shallow." (Lines 15-19) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: July 17, 1877
Creator: Crump, Thomas J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Reciprocating Churns

Description: Patent for "certain new and useful improvements in the construction of churns, whereby dashers are caused to rotate very rapidly, thus greatly facilitating the process of producing butter; also, the churn and its supporting frame-work being constructed and arranged in sections permits of it being taken apart very readily, and packed in a very small space for shipment." (lines 12-20) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: 1877-2-27
Creator: Welch, John M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Motors for Operating Churns.

Description: Patent for "a simple and effective motive power for operating the dashers of churns; and it consists of a suitable frame-work provided with a fly-wheel, operated by a pitman attached to a bar projecting from brackets on the side of an ordinary rocking-chair, said fly-wheel being provided with cogs upon one side, which mesh into the cogs on a smaller wheel, which caries a crank for operating the dasher of the churn, a suitable belt being arranged upon the rim of the fly-wheel and around a small pulley for setting in motion a rotary fan." (Lines 13-25) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: January 15, 1878
Creator: Crump, Thomas J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hame Fastener.

Description: Patent for a new and improved hame fastener. This design utilizes a clasp that slides along a bar. When the clasp is at the desired position relative to the hame, a pin and a locking plate on the clasp lock the clasp in place; thus the hame is fastened.
Date: April 26, 1881
Creator: Crump, Thomas Jefferson
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sawing Machine.

Description: Patent for a new and improved drag-saw. This design "consists in the combination of a drag-saw, an operating-lever, and a wheelbarrow or truck, the wheelbarrow being made to support the saw and move it . . . [t]he object of [the] invention is to provide an easy and ready means of transporting the saw from place to place, and to so connect it to the wheelbarrow or truck which supports it that they can be readily separated, so that the wheelbarrow or truck can be used by itself" (lines 13-24).
Date: April 26, 1881
Creator: Crump, Thomas Jefferson
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Saw-Swaging Machine.

Description: Patent for an improved saw-swaging machine that is used as "an anvil-die and an independent roller-die" (lines 17-18). "The saw may be swaged from the front of the tooth without scalloping or concaving the tooth and at the same time avoiding friction thereon" (lines 21-24).
Date: June 2, 1896
Creator: Shepley, Benjamin A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Gun-Magazine.

Description: Patent for an improved gun magazine that consists of a glass lining with openings on its sides.
Date: August 1, 1893
Creator: Whitten, Burrel Franklin & Porcher, Joseph Ford
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Press.

Description: Patent for a new and improved press. This design consists in "the combination of the manipulating-levers, the followers, and the toggle-arms, of which arms the outer ends of two are connected to the outer ends of the levers, while their inner ends are connected to the sides of the follower near its inner end, and the outer ends of the others are connected to the levers" (lines 96-102). The inner ends of these other toggle-arms have "their inner ends . . . connected to the sides of the other follower near its inner end" (lines 1-3).
Date: January 10, 1888
Creator: Gordon, Lorenzo Dow
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Felly for Wheels.

Description: Patent for a felly for wheels designed to be used for a heavy wagon or cultivators. It consists of malleable iron with the inside edge being smaller than the outside, an indentation in the center going around the outside surface, and conical spoke sockets.
Date: June 12, 1894
Creator: Mosely, Jeremiah Thomas
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Photographic-Printing Machine

Description: Patent for a new and improved Photographic Printing Machine. The device allows for accurately positioning negative to contact accurately with printing paper.
Date: September 17, 1912
Creator: Loving, Roy R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sanitary Banana-Display Case.

Description: Patent for sanitary banana display case for retail purposes, which displays bananas as well as keeping them away from insects and being touched.The display case is made of glass or other transparent material and provides both the fruit, hung from hooks within the case, and the case itself to be rotated.
Date: September 19, 1911
Creator: Haden, Wesley W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Shelby County

Description: Cadastral map of Shelby County, Texas in the Piney Woods region. There is an index on the left side of the map. Scale [ca. 1:133,334] (4000 varas per inch).
Date: unknown
Partner: Texas General Land Office

Combined Knife and Scale.

Description: Patent for a new and useful improvements in a combined knife and scale. This design "has relation to a combined knife and scale, and is particularly adapted for the use of butchers" (line 12 - 14).
Date: February 1, 1898
Creator: Herrin, Lemuel
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bolt Lock for Railways

Description: Patent for a new and useful improvements in bolt locks for railways. This invention is to "provide a simple, durable, and effective device of this class" (line 13-14).
Date: December 21, 1897
Creator: Herrin, Lemuel
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Scraper for Cultivators.

Description: Patent for certain new and useful improvements in scrapers for "cultivators-shovels, plows, and like tilling implements" (line 12-13).
Date: September 20, 1898
Creator: Butler, Albert C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department