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[Rusty L-shaped carpenter's square]

Description: Rusty L-shaped carpenter's square with the vertical part longer and wider than the horizontal part. The square is marked off in inches: outer edge, 24 in. horizontally and 16 in. vertically. The inside is marked 22.5 in. horizontally and 14 in. vertically. Straight down the middle of the longer part it is marked starting at 1 ending with 21in. The other side of the square is the exact same except for one marking in the corner where the two parts meet. STANLEY ____00 Made in the USA _5 Some of the writing is obscured by rust.
Date: 1885
Partner: Fort Bend Museum

[Monkey Wrench]

Description: Starting at the bottom, the handle of the monkey wrench is a flat oval shape with two holes, it probably had two wooden pieces, one on each side attached with screws or nails. The neck has a vice that extends all the way to the head to the top of the handle. The head is rectangular with a sloping side. The back of the head is square and looks as though it was used as hammer.
Date: 1880
Partner: Fort Bend Museum

[Surveyor's transit]

Description: Surveyor's transit, mounts with spring-action pin to tripod (1999.012.001b). Face is engraved with cardinal directions, with a star replacing North. Two bubble levels built into face. Degrees and minutes marked around circumference of face. Dial on side changes display on face to read numbers between 1 and 16. Manufacturer: T.F. Randolph, Cincinnati, Ohio. Patent date June 24, 1879. Scope mounts to compass body with screw pins from underneath. Needle tightens by screw action on "W" side of compass. Scope is mounted on a triangular support with single cross beam and center pivot. Focus knob moves but is tight. Surveying equipment belonged to Henry Hamilton Russell (1847-1932) , who came to Hallettsville, Texas from England before 1870. Russell was a surveyor for Lavaca County.
Date: 1880
Partner: Fort Bend Museum


Description: Three-arm brass protractor (a) with extensions for each arm, and mahogany case (b) with brass fittings; marked “English ca. 1880” on tag, and “TRADE MARK LONDON”
Date: 1880~
Partner: Star of the Republic Museum


Description: Patent for "construction and arrangement of arrow-shaped draw-heads and lever-bars adjustable upon rack-bars for the purpose of raising and lowering the draw-heads" (lines 16-20)including instructions and illustrations.
Date: April 20, 1880
Creator: Gray, John D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for invention new and useful improvement in Plows, relates the shape of the mold-board and the manner of securing the point and land side to the standard [5-15].
Date: June 30, 1885
Creator: Kelly, George A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Elastic Chain

Description: Patent for this invention is to provide a chain which yield longitudinally when subjected to a tensile strain and to this end arrangement of parts, as will be herein after described and claimed. [5-10]
Date: December 3, 1889
Creator: Redwood, Charles
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for invented certain new and useful improvement in Wire-Tightener invention relates to an improvement in and it consists in the peculiar construction and combination of devices, that will be more fully set here in after and particularly pointed out in the claim.
Date: January 22, 1889
Creator: Bulter, Constant, B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for "new and useful Improvements in Baling-Presses" (lines 5-6) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: February 19, 1889
Creator: Bywaters, Joseph K.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Kitchen Table and Cabinet.

Description: Patent for a combined table and cabinet for use in the kitchen, intended to aid "invalids or weak persons to accomplish considerable work without inconvenience or fatigue" (lines 11-13).
Date: August 14, 1888
Creator: Brack, Mary S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for improvement of automatic car coupling and uncoupling devices.
Date: November 2, 1886
Creator: Ferguson, George Jones
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Saw-Filing Machine

Description: Patent for improvements to machines that file saw teeth, including illustrations.
Date: February 1, 1887
Creator: Nolen, Robert; Bishop, Rudolph W. & Waltemeyer, Joseph
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department