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Improvement in Wagon-Sheet and Tent

Description: Patent for an improvement in wagon sheet coverings / tent. The improvement is in the sides of the wagon sheet can be extended by loosening straps to fall the length to the ground and be staked to the earth. This gives a tent to sleep under after a day of traveling.
Date: August 13, 1871
Creator: Fitzgerald, M. M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

EARTH-AUGER.

Description: Patent for structural improvement in machines used for boring post holes and wells with illustrations and instructions included.
Date: April 13, 1880
Creator: Cudd, Decater P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Velocipede

Description: A patent for a quadrucycle, or bicycle with four wheels, adaptable for use on railroads.
Date: June 13, 1882
Creator: McCombs, Paul
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling.

Description: Patent for improvements in car-couplings by using coupler-head, coupling-pin, different shapes of plates, operating-lever and link-lifter to “couple and uncouple cars without necessitating a person passing between the cars.” (Lines 14-15) Illustration is included.
Date: October 13, 1891
Creator: McBride, Thomas Anderson
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling.

Description: Patent for improvements in car-couplings in which it can be adapted “to the draw-heads of car-couplings that is already in used and that there need not be two similar couplings of this character in order to permit the device to operate successfully.” (Lines 74-78) Illustration is included.
Date: October 13, 1891
Creator: Yates, Junius E. M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rail-Joint.

Description: Patent for improvements in rail-joint fastenings by providing “curved fish-plates with bearing-surfaces adapted to receive rubber washers, and the bolt has a slot through which the tapered split key is passed and the thin portion thereof turned up against the bolt to prevent displacement.” (Lines 20-25) Thus it will “securely retain in position, easily removed when desired, and [will] prevent rattling sounds as the cars pass over the rails.” (Lines 16-19) Illustration is included.
Date: October 13, 1891
Creator: Wiley, John Martin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sash-Fastener.

Description: Patent for improvement in sash-fasteners by using a ratchet-lock combined with a ratchet-bar. It “can be readily adapted to any ordinary sash and window-frame and it will securely support the sash at any desired elevation and prevent either the upward or downward movement until the lock is released.” (Lines 10-14) Illustration is included.
Date: October 13, 1891
Creator: James, Will S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Twine-Cutter.

Description: Patent for improvements in rope-cutters by designing a “cutter having a slotted bracket with a lateral extension or bearing that has a longitudinal slot and a stop,” with a “combination of a lever-handle having a projecting knife-blade, registering with the slot in the bearing.” (Lines 81-86) This enable the rope to be cut in a single operation without sever the fibers. (Lines 74-76) Illustration is included.
Date: October 13, 1891
Creator: Maulden, Chester, Doctor
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wire-Stretcher.

Description: Patent for a simple and efficient wire stretcher that aids in fence-building, tightening loose wires, cutting wires, and tying broken wires. The stretcher is similar in appearance to a wrench that can be taken apart in order to properly utilize the tool.
Date: June 13, 1893
Creator: McKinney, John Wilson
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Brace for Boring Holes, &c.

Description: Patent for a brace for boring holes through window sashes. It was invented "to enable [the inventor] the more quickly and better to apply my "sash lock", patented July 19, 1892, and numbered 479,152, but may be used for other purposes" (lines 20-23).
Date: February 13, 1894
Creator: McClellan, Stephen
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Nut-Lock.

Description: Patent for a nut lock with a locking washer at the base of the nut that does not unscrew. The nut forms a bar of spring metal.
Date: March 13, 1894
Creator: Mauermann, Albert J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pipe-Wrench.

Description: Patent for a pipe-wrench that is a "pair of tongs [made] for holding rods or pipes of different diameter so that, when between the jaws, they will be held by an elastic cam pressure, without any further muscular exertion by the smith or expert mechanic who is about to work upon the rod or pipe" (lines 16-21).
Date: November 13, 1894
Creator: Riza, Mike H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Ptich-Board.

Description: Patent for pitch-board that is "an instrument adapted for use by carpenters and others, the same being so constructed as to serve as a rule, a square, or angle, and adapted to be arranged for indicating accurately any inclination or bevel that may be desired, and finally that is capable of being folded" (lines 6-12).
Date: November 13, 1894
Creator: Frasier, William E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Calculator.

Description: Patent for a calculator "in which a bar having a series of numbers thereon slides in a frame or base also provided with a series of numbers" (lines 10-12). It is meant for quickly adding numbers.
Date: October 13, 1896
Creator: Copeland, Wesley Albert & Roberts, Cyrus
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Dental-Plate-Polishing Tool.

Description: Patent for a machine that dresses or reduces dental plates uniformly, and can dress dental plates to any thickness. It also can "provide permanently-exposed means for indicating the thickness to which the plate is being reduced" (lines 16-19). It will not puncture or weaken dental plates.
Date: October 13, 1896
Creator: Barnes, Preston B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Grapple for Handling Well Pipes or Tubes.

Description: Patent for "a simple and inexpensive device adapted for readily gripping a well pipe or tubing to enable the same to be readily removed from a well or lowered within." (Lines 11-14) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: April 13, 1897
Creator: Smith, Thomas McGlothlin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Baling-Press.

Description: Patent for an operating mechanism relating to baling-presses, with illustrations.
Date: July 13, 1897
Creator: Lane, Jefferson D. & James, Will S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Eyeglasses

Description: Patent for "an improvement in eyeglasses; and it consists in certain novel constructions and combinations of parts" (lines 7-9), illustration and instructions included.
Date: March 13, 1900
Creator: Critzer, A. B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rein-Guide

Description: Patent for rein guides to support a harness and guide horses. The device yields little space during storage and transportation.
Date: January 13, 1903
Creator: Johnston, Nathan
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department