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1858 Patent Model Alarm Lock by Jonathan Wells1858 Patent Model Door Alarm Lock by Jonathan Wells    Jonathan Wells of Pittsburg PA was granted a patent for his novel door alarm idea on September 7 1856.  The number is 21457.  It is a close match to the drawing submitted with the model and comes up with a Google search.  It measures approx. 13 across by 10" tall.  The model has the key and the lock does operate.  The idea is that once locked, attempting to unlock the door would initiate a series of events , a spring loaded gizmo would be activated, and would move the pieces seen outside the lock, which in turn would ring the external bell.  The patent states that the bell could be placed in any location, and so one was not shown in the patent or included w/ the model.  It appears to operate as intended noting the lack of one attaching wire to the outside swinging arm seen.  Interesting!!

Very Good . . . . . .  $500.00       SOLD!!



Fredrick Toggenburger 1860 Patent Model Sewing MachineFredrick Toggenburger 1860 Patent Model Sewing Machine  The patent for this unusual machine was granted on June 26 1860.  The designs for sewing machines from this early were still evolving and Singer, or Wheeler & Wilson, or Grover & Baker had not yet firmly established themselves as the kings of the mountain.  There was still room for different ideas.  The patent number is 28920.  It comes up with a Google search.  From reading the patent it seem this fellows better idea was to "grease" the thread making it easier to pass through the fabric.  He called out Singer and Wheeler & Wilson sewing machines and claims his is a better idea.  I guess the marketplace did not agree as I am pretty sure this design never got much further than this.     Different and nice!!

Good . . . . . . . $1600.00       SOLD!!




1869 Patent Model Boiler Feeder by T. B. Webster1869 Patent Model Boiler Feeder by T. B. Webster    T. B. Webster was granted a US patent for his "Automatic Boiler Feeder" on March 23 1869.  The number is 88246.  It is a close match to the drawing submitted with the model and comes up with a Google search if you ad an A.  The tags are quite faded, but with a bit of help from Google I was able to pull up the patent.

The model is mounted to a wooden board and measures approx. 8" square. The model is constructed almost entirely of brass.  It is  brass cylinder with a lever operated check valve to control the flow of water into the boiler.  The patent claims that this arrangement will take care of most issues involved in both the ins and outs of the water to the boiler.  Problems solved.       Interesting & Nice!!

Very Good . . . . . .  $150.00   SOLD!!




Meeker's Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron Sales - List 32Original USPO Patent Model Fluting Rollers by Thomas Robjohn of New York    This wooden inventor's model was the original model submitted to the US patent office that accompanied the application requesting a patent.  It stands just 7" tall x 3" across x 2" deep.  The tag says the patent # is 149,526 and that the patent was granted Apr. 7, 1874.  Thomas Robjohn held several patents for different designs of fluting machines, but I could not seem to make this patent come up looking for it on Google.  He also held a patent for an inkwell.  I did find a similar patent under a reissue # that was assigned to his wife.  In that patent it said he was now deceased.  It was a very long and detailed patent description laying out a series of claims.  Patent models are historically significant one-of-a kind antiques!!

Very Good . . . . . .  $595.00     SOLD!!




1876 Patent Model Signal Lantern by H. H. Doty1876 Patent Model Signal Lantern by H. H. Doty    H. H. Doty a citizen of England and resident of London was granted a US patent for this signal lantern on June 13th 1876.  The number is 18607.  It is a close match to the drawing submitted with the model and comes up with a Google search.  The opening sentence of the patent calls for it to be used for railroads, marine applications like lighthouses, or other.  Numerous references of the patent come up with an internet search and it being related to lighthouses. 

The model measures approx. 2 1/2" dia. by 10" tall. It is constructed almost entirely of brass.  It is marked in two places with the Doty name. Interesting, Historic & Nice!!

Very Good . . . . . .  $1150.00            SOLD!!





1878 Patent Model of Corn Planter by Adam Heckman1878 Patent Model of Corn Planter by Adam Heckman The patent for this corn planter was granted to Adam Heckman on April 30th 1878.  The patent number is 203149.  It is viewable on Google.  Adam Heckman hailed from Sterling Illinois which is west of Chicago and in the heart of corn country.

The patent covers a number of different aspects in the design of improvements for a corn planter.  Heckman describes each aspect in some detail in his patent application.  The planter has two sets of wheels, one for use when operating the planter, and a second set that would come into play when it was simply being moved.  It has two brass seed boxes and the patent describes these, the drop / feed tubes and how they operate.  The model has just one of those drop tubes.  It goes on to describe the seat, (note loose solder joints,) and the how, why, and when that the second set of wheels would come into play.  It also has a feature to cover the seed with dirt after the seed has been dropped in the furrow.  There is also a scraper feature that would keep the wheels free of dirt build-up as well.   

The overall condition is nice noting some minor missing pieces. One being a plow cutter that is a simple piece of folded galvanized sheet material that would be an easy fix.  Very unusual!! 
   

Very Good . . . . . . $750.00   SOLD!!





George Little 1873 Patent Model of Telegraph ApparatusGeorge Little 1873 Patent Model of Telegraph Apparatus   The model is mounted on a round cast iron base has its original tag and ribbon.  The overall condition is nice.   George Little was granted a patent for this Telegraph Apparatus on September 2 1873.  The patent number is 142486.  It is viewable on Google and is a close match. George Little hailed from Rutherford Park NJ and was a contemporary and competitor to Edison, Western Union and others in the early telegraphy field.

George Little was a well known figure in the development of telegraphy.  He was issued his first patent back in the 1840's during the infancy of the telegraphic revolution.  Google searches turn up reams of info on him and his endeavors.  He held several other earlier telegraphy related patents that are mentioned in the patent for this device as well.  He also held a patent for a electro magnetic motor.  Several references noted that Thomas Edison claimed he could improve on Little's original invention and worked on it. 

The patent describes how this design will improve transmission rates and alleviate the problem of the signal becoming garbled or running together in rapid transmissions.  George little describes how this is accomplished in some detail that makes little sense to a novice but it was novel or important enough to be granted a patent.  A passage found on the internet mentions that Daniel Craig founder of the American Rapid Telegraph Co. in 1879 touted Little's patented telegraph invention as making it possible to send 100 word letters out for a dime, and that later they would charge by the yard.  The company went bankrupt in 1884.

An interesting, important & unusual piece of telegraphy and early communication technology!!  Opportunity!!  

Very Good . . . . . . $1695.00    SOLD!!





E. L. Brown 1870 Double End Patent Model Boot JackE. L. Brown 1869 Double End Patent Model Boot Jack  Mr. Edwin Lee Brown of Chicago ILL got the patent for his interesting style bootjack May 18th 1869.  The patent # is 90076 and the model is very similar to those found that were produced.  There are a couple of variations listed for sale on the other pages. Not only does e the paten call for this to be a double ender, it also claims that it is reversible, or can be used when flipped.  His claim was something along the lines of always ready and never out of adjustment. It is constructed of brass, and the condition is super.   This bootjack has a great look and presence. It will be a key piece in any bootjack or early Americana collection.  As nice as they come!!  Recommended!

 Fine . . . . . .$995.00      SOLD!!



1858 Patent Model Boot Jack1858 Patent Model Boot Jack  This interesting valet style bootjack was patented December 28th 1858 by Fred Ahl of West Meriden CT.  The patent # is 22404.  Fred covered all the bases here, and claimed that this could also double as a hat rack, or clothes stand.  He called the swinging arm a vibrator, and went on to describe how you could dismantle it should you want to take it with you on your next outing or trip.   This bootjack has a great look and presence. It will be a key piece in any bootjack or early Americana collection.  As nice as they come!!  Recommended!

 Fine . . . . . .$795.00       SOLD









1873 Washing Machine Patent Model by J. Bennett 1873 Washing Machine Patent Model by J. Bennett   This washing machine patent model has its original tag.  The patent was issued on October 21st 1873 with the patent # of 143869.  This patent model is approx 10" Long  x 8" or so wide at the widest point with the top / table folded out. The  model is a  good match to the patent drawing which can be viewed using Google Patents search with the number 143869.

This is one of those patent models that is over designed.  To use the first step would be to fire up the boiler built into the base.  The entire bottom is a metal firebox that acts as the heat exchanger to warm up the water.  The exhaust stack can be seen rising from the rear corner.  Next the user would have to assemble the parts that are by design stored inside.  The patent claims this as a benefit to keep the user from splashing suds and water around.  In the bottom is a roller affair that the upper arm with its "rubber" face works against.  First though you have to get this arm correctly positioned into the guides that were attached to the sides you had previously attached.  It took me about 10 minutes to figure this all out before I had to go to the instructions. This is one of the more complicated washer models I have ever had, and the first with a provision to be heated with a fire underneath.  Neat and Different!!

The condition is excellent!!  

Excellent. . . . . .$995.00      SOLD




1874 Patent Model of Cloth Sponging Machine1874 Patent Model of Cloth Sponging Machine  James Dammerall of Boston Mass was granted a patent for his cloth sponging machine on February 10th 1874. The patent number is 147243.  This model came from the Mr. & Mrs. O. Rundell Gilbert collection and has those tags as well as the original Patent Office tag.

The idea here is still used today to treat or size fabric.  It seems freshly made fabric must be "sponged" as part of the process to keep it from shrinking later on.  Basically it is run through a machine with a series of rollers, steam is introduced into the closed chamber, and after being stretched and pulled and rolled around for a while the cloth will come out the other side a finished product.   The box is Mahogany and in nice overall condition.  The basic form is close to the patent drawing noting that there are no feet or a base as is shown in the dawing.  Different!!   

Good . . . . . . $295.00         SOLD!!




1870 Patent Model of Lantern by C. Tabor1870 Patent Model of Lantern by C. Tabor   This interesting and nice looking patent model lantern has its original tag and ribbon.  It also has a tag from the seller O. Rundle Gilbert who was one of the owners of the collection after the government sold them all off back in the 20's.    

This patent model is approx 4 1/2 " wide x 10" tall.  It is a good match to the patent which can be viewed using Google Patent Search.  It includes features like the clutch / disconnect for the wick adjuster, and for the different design burner.   Nice!!

Excellent. . . . . .$395.00     SOLD!





Orpoy Patent Model Lantern1878 Patent Model of Lantern by J. W. Orphy This is a very important patent model in the development of Barn Lanterns.  Mr. Orphy, who was the inventor, assigned this idea to the well known maker of lanterns C. T. Ham and F. D. Clarke of Rochester New York back in 1878.  Mr. Orphy also had a least two other patents for lanterns or parts for them that I have been able to find information about.  The ideas for this lantern revolve around the tubes running up the sides that will provide air for combustion and not be affected by the wind or by the lantern being swung about in use and blowing out or making the flame flicker.  A problem that was being addressed by several other makers and inventors of lanterns during this period as well.  There are a lot of lanterns out and about, and not being an expert about them, I do not know if this was his idea alone, or whether other folks were using the same basic ideas before this or not, or where this idea fits into the scope chronologically in the development of this idea.  The first person I showed this too said the patent was most likely for the screw top and that being the means to hold the globe in place, but in the papers, Mr. Orphy barely mentions that and instead talks about air getting to the burner and the tubes and so forth.  Makes little difference, it still looks great,  the condition is super and patent models of anything interesting, significant or graphic are getting harder and harder to find.

Good . . . . .$2495.00      SOLD


1875 Patent Model of Weathervane / Chimney Top /  Deflector1875 Patent Model of Weathervane / Chimney Top /  Deflector Here is a great example of a wonderful and graphic design that comes in a small package.  This dated and tagged Patent Model is from 1875, and only stands about 6" tall to the top of the flat bodied fish weathervane portion.  The inventors name was Munger, and the patent # is 159,344.  The idea was the the prevailing wind would spin this around so that it's tail would faced the wind, and then the spinning vanes would draw the smoke up and out of the chimney, with the small shield at the bottom keeping rain or snow from entering.  It would also have the effect of rotating and protecting the chimney top away from strong winds that in some instances can or would create downdrafts that would smoke up the house.  It is interesting to note that this style of chimney top is still in use today and marketed to folks who live along the coast of Oregon and Ca to help with the strong winds and driving rains that can occur there.  I can remember seeing them on roofs and marveling at what a neat idea this was, and then a couple years ago I found this model and recognized it as being very similar in design and function.  No new ideas!!   The overall condition is OK, noting that the top of the tag has what appears to be some fire / burn damage.  The base of the model also appears to be a replacement and was paper holder, but it looks proper and feels great to the overall effect.   A nice display piece that has a great look.

Good . . . . . $795.00      SOLD




Patent Model of Light fixture / Heater and Delivery 
        System1871 Silber & White Patent Model of Light fixture / Heater and Delivery System This is an interesting patent model depicting a series of fuel storage tanks, a float, shutoff valves and more to control the flow of a given liquid fuel to the round fixture holder at the left which could be a light, heater or whatever else was consuming the fuel.  This model was made to represent different floors of a house, building or factory, etc.  The inventors were both from England, and bought their novel and cutting edge technology to the US Patent office to obtain a patent here in 1871 least anybody else try and steal their idea.  The top tank is the major reservoir, which was to be located outside the building or on the roof or other convenient place.  The second tank is referred to as the filtering tank and would distribute the fuel to all the other fixtures found at that level.  The tank with the white porcelain float valve is one of the main factors for the patent in that it senses the demand and will either allow fuel to be constantly fed to the burner, or when the burner is turned off and the float rises to it top position it will cause the flow of fuel to stop, thus eliminating overflows.  It is very graphic, measures approx 12x12" the limit allowed by the patent office, and has a great look.  The condition is super and patent models of anything interesting, significant or graphic are getting harder and harder to find.  This is a good one and will display nicely as it is flat and can be hung on the wall behind the desk as a reminder of just how far we have come!!

Good . . . . .$795.00       SOLD



1881
Patent Model of Water / Steam Motor1881 Patent Model of Water / Steam Motor This Patent Model came out of an old time collection here in California.  It is unusual in that you have to read and study the papers that came with it to fully understand and appreciate exactly what it is.  Typically, Patent Models have their primary feature or the patented idea clearly visible to the eye so that you could see and get a sense of what you were giving / getting a patent for.  This is a very detailed and well made brass model, and has a water wheel / motor inside, but Mr. Atwell did not do a cutaway, or allow any visual means of seeing what was going on inside his water motor's outside brass housing. And there is no provision for taking it apart to inspect the innards.   Basically his idea was that you could increase the power and efficiency of a pretty standard design water motor by installing and utilizing an auxiliary port through which you fed additional streams of steam or gas in addition to the main jet of water.  As with most patent descriptions this one is very wordy and extremely detailed, to the point of being confusing, but it seems to have been enough to impress the proper government officials as Mr. Atwater was granted his patent in 1881.  This one has a great look, and alternative power devices are all the rage these days

Good . . . . .$995.00       SOLD




1875
      Patent Model of Sad Iron Heater1875 Patent Model of Sad Iron Heater   This is an original Patent Model of a Sadiron Heater that we obtained at auction a number of years ago. There are many different variations of these devices available in full size, and they make for a very graphic display.  There were also stoves specifically made for this purpose of heating sadirons called laundry stoves that have built in ledges or holders to heat the irons that the person ironing would set the iron on to reheat as she was using another one that had been heating on a different ledge.  The idea with this style iron heater was that you would remove two burner lids and their frame from your big old wood fired cookstove that you were also boiling your water on, and insert a unit like this in their place into the top. The lid feature would trap and retain that much more heat, thus always assuring a heated iron, not to mention the handle, for the busy lady of the house.  Ironing is almost a lost art, and I can easily imagine that in the drudgery of that job the original concept of the women's movement was born or conceptualized back in those good old days.

Good . . . . .$495.00     SOLD




Patent Model of Hub BorerPatent Model of Hub Borer   This patent model has its original tag and was designed to make the job of boring wagon wheel hobs an easier task   Think of it as a beam bore meant to fit over a round wheel.  I have never seen the manufactured version, and this might well be one of those that was never put into production.

Good . . . . .$495.00       SOLD






Patent Model of Wedge CutterPatent Model of Wedge Cutter   From a time when there was a need to have wedges.  Primarily for tool handles I suppose.  It is operable and has its original tags.   

Good . . . . .$495.00      SOLD






Patent 
	Model from 1865 of Leather Skiver or SplitterPatent Model from 1865 of Leather Skiver or Splitter   The nickel plated copper plaque or tag says that the inventor, A Mr. Marsh was from Indianapolis Indiana, and that the name he picked for his machine was Eureka.   The idea here was that the thickness of the material was set by moving the large flat table under the knife on a sloped track to achieve different thicknesses.  I have not pulled the papers for this one and so do not know much else other than the fact that it must have been a bitch going up against the crowd over in Newark with any new ideas about how to do something with leather for if they did not already, in a few more years they would have a near monopoly on the manufacture of such devices.  Different at the least, and surely rare as I certainly have not run into any full size examples of this machine.

Good . . . . .$1295.00       SOLD




1877 Patent Model Cupboard by W. H. Sallada of Monroe Iowa1877 Patent Model Cupboard by W. H. Sallada of Monroe Iowa  This patent model has its original tag.  It is a folksy representation of Mr. Sallada's better idea for a  kitchen cupboard.  In reading his patent application it is evident that he was a bit anal and controlling.  His description calls for everything in its place and a place for everything, and although he speculates that somebody out there might want to do it different, in his opinion his way is the best and most convenient.  He did include a few good ideas in his better idea for the cupboard.   .   

This patent model is approx 10" wide x 12" tall.  It is referred to as portable in the patent, and comes apart at the base / top.  This model is a  good match to the patent which can be viewed using Google Patents and a search for the number 191549.  On the left is the sink area.  Above that is a section with pegs or hooks.  Below is a vented area.  The patent calls for the drawers to be beveled so that they would be a tight fit.  It further calls for some to be edged in rubber so as to preserve the aromas and freshness.  He went all in on the folding table on the right.  Its hinges are unique and allow it to fold out, down, up, or all the ways you could want.   A great piece for a display in the early country kitchen. 

This patent model cupboard will display nicely, and the condition is excellent!!   Nice!!

Good +. . . . . .$895.00     SOLD!!





1874 Patent Model of Apparatus for Gathering Ice1874 Patent Model of Apparatus for Gathering Ice   This patent model has its original tag and was issued on June 9th 1874 to Thomas Cross of Pittston Maine. This patent model is approx 10" long x 5" or so wide at the widest point. The patent number is 151685 and is a  good match to the patent drawing which can be viewed using Google Patents search with the number 151685.

The patent text is pretty simple and just mentions that ice is slippery and tends to want to get loose when you gather it.  The patent states that the end and side hooks in play here will keep that from happening.  It would probably make sense to a ice gatherer. 

The condition is excellent!!  

Excellent. . . . . .$295.00      SOLD!!




1872 Patent Model of Sugar Block Maker  by A. F. W. Partz of Oakland CA1872 Patent Model of Sugar Cube / Block Maker by A. F. W. Partz of Oakland CA   This patent model has its original tag, the receiving tag, and a authenticity tag form Cliff Peterson one of the original owners / buyers of the entire collection of Patent Models after the government sold them.   Cliff Peterson bought the collection from O. Rundle Gilbert and set up shop here in California selling some of them off to try and finance his idea for the museum he envisioned for the collection.  His plan worked no better than the others who have attempted to preserve and / or market these wonderful pieces, and after a number were sold off through his catalogs and other sales efforts the collection again changed hands. 

This patent model by August Partz measures approx 8" x 10".  It consist of two main pieces and is a good match to the patent which can be viewed using Google Patents and a search for the number 132921.  The bottom wooden portion is the frame, and the upper portion with the rods and moveable strips the form.   It is designed to have moist granular sugar poured over it once the user has it set up the form on the frame.  The patent then calls for the sugar to be pressed into the form and allowed to dry for a couple of hours before removing the top frame.  The strips are not fixed and when released from the frame move along the rods they are attached to so the removal  of this frame is easier.  You would then have strips or blocks of sugar which would them be cut or sawed into the right size cubes or blocks.  

This would fit nicely in a display related to the candy industry or sugar which seems to be on the way to becoming a collectible if the PC / Medical crowd has its way.  Nice!!

Very Good . . . . . .$395.00        SOLD!!




1878 Patent Model of Summer Stove / Furnace by Charles Truesdale of Cincinnati Ohio1878 Patent Model of Summer Stove / Furnace by Charles Truesdale of Cincinnati Ohio   This patent model has its original tag.  Mr. Truesdales idea was to use the heat and flue of the larger inside range or Cookstove, and then take this portion outside to actually cook the meal or keep things hot outside so that the heat would not overheat the main house.    It looks like it would be a good idea and Mr. Truesdale went to great lengths to describe what his invention was not, and how well it would work for what it was.  I imagine it could be used as an iron heater as well and would be especially well suited for use in the summer when you did not want to overheat the house.   

This patent model is approx 10" wide x 6" tall.  This model is a  good match to the patent which can be viewed using Google Patents and a search for the number 216710

This patent model summer stove / furnace will display nicely, and the condition is excellent!!   Nice!!

Excellent. . . . . .$595.00     SOLD!!




John Walker of Richland MO. 1883 Patent Model Boot JackJohn Walker of Richland MO. 1883 Patent Model Boot Jack  Mr. John R. Walker got the patent for his  folding bootjack April 10th 1883.  The patent # is 275,551.  This bootjack patent model is an exact duplicate of the one pictured in the patent drawings.   It is an interesting folding design that he describes and claims is useful.  Useful enough to have had a patent granted,.  A nice looking Patent Model that will fit well with any number of collections.

Fine  . . . . . .$595.00      SOLD!!




1873 Patent Model of Washing Machine / Wringer by A. M. Wilson of White Ridge Michigan1873 Patent Model of Washing Machine / Wringer by A. M. Wilson of White Ridge Michigan   This washing machine patent model has its original tag and a authenticity tag from O. Rundle Gilbert  who was one of the original owners / buyers of the entire collection of Patent Models.   Cliff Peterson later bought the entire collection from O. Rundle Gilbert and set up shop here in California also selling some of them off to try and finance his idea for the museum he envisioned for the collection.  His plan worked no better than the others who had previously attempted to preserve and / or market these wonderful pieces of Americana and American History. 

This patent model is approx 8" wide x 12" tall.  It major improvement over the standard roller / washer of its time was the utilization of 2 different roller systems and 2 cranks to drive them.  One to wash and one to wring no doubt.  Mr. Wilson also incorporated a complex design of springs and pins to make it work better.   This model is a  good match to the patent which can be viewed using Google Patents and a search for the number 142313.

This would fit nicely in a display related to laundry and wash day chores.  The condition is excellent!!   Nice!!

Excellent. . . . . .$595.00      SOLD!!



Jeese Roberts 1878 Patent Model Boot Jack Jesse Roberts 1878 Patent Model Boot Jack  Mr. Roberts got the patent for his  bootjack August 20th 1878.  The patent # is 207,209.  If the pics are correct, there are some pieces missing from this model  Given that they would be an integral part of the operation I would say they are missing as opposed to Mr. Roberts changing the idea halfway through, or later in production.  It was done all the time, but I see some holes here, and it just looks like it has a few missing parts.  It is a very simple design and looks good as it sits! 

Good + . . . . . .$175.00     SOLD!!




Milo Richardson Wall Mount Patent Model Boot JackMilo Richardson Wall Mount Patent Model Boot Jack  Mr. Milo Richardson of Sherman NY was granted a patent for his idea on May 16th 1871. The patent # is 114,970.  This bootjack was designed to mount on a wall and swing down when needed.  Basically the idea called for the boot jack to be mounted to the base board so that when folded up it could go back beyond vertical and lean against the wall and not fall forward.  That was it, no springs, cords, hold downs, or anything else.  Just mount it proud of the wall and let gravity do the work.  A nice looking Patent Model that will fit well with any number of collections.

Good  +. . . . . .$125.00      SOLD!!




1870 Leather Boot Jack Patent Model1870 Leather Boot Jack Patent Model  This bootjack was patented on February 1st 1870 by a Mr. Charles Brown of Charlottesville VA.  This fellows idea utilized the KISS approach to materials.  Not sure the application or use would quite meet that standard.  The first step was to get it hooked up or on the boot, and then you would use your other foot to also get into the mix, and push off the boot.  Great idea on paper, not so sure of how it would work out in use, or how long it would last.  What if it was muddy out?   Different!

 Good  . . . . . .$95.00     SOLD!!




1879 Ironing Apparatus Patent Model by Crawford1879 Ironing Apparatus Patent Model     James Crawford of Boston Mass held a few patents for large commercial ironing machines.  Not sure if any were ever produced.   Different!

 Good  . . . . . . SOLD!!






Boot Jack Patent ModelPatent Model Boot Jack     A known and manufactured model.  Different!

 Good  . . . . . .$125.00     SOLD!!







Folding Wall Mount Boot Jack Patent ModelPatent Model Boot Jack     A known and manufactured model.  Different!

 Good  . . . . . .$125.00       SOLD!!










1872 Brass Boot Jack Patent Model1872 Patent Model Boot Jack    Different!

 Good  . . . . . .$125.00        SOLD!!










1855 Cleveland & Johnson Patent Model for Sad Iron Heater1855 Cleveland & Johnson Patent Model for Sad Iron Heater  It appears the patent is for the slug with numerous holes in it that fits inside the iron to help with heat flow.  This is the only example I have ever seen and do not think it made it into widespread production.  Super condition.

Good +. . . . .$3495.00       SOLD





1868 Patent Model of Boiler / Water Tank1868 Patent Model of Boiler / Water Tank   This patent model has its original tag.  It looks like the water tank form a Charter Oak 503 salesman sample stove meaning that it would hook onto or be a part of a wood fired stove and would produce hot water at the same time.    

This patent model is approx 10" wide x 6" tall.  This model is a good match to the patent which can be viewed using Google Patent Search

This patent model water boiler / storage tank will display nicely, and the condition is excellent!!   Nice!!

Excellent. . . . . .$325.00       SOLD!




1855 Washing Machine Patent Model1855 Washing Machine Patent Model  This washing machine patent model is a push / pull / rubber / scrubber design and has its original tag.  It originates from the Glissman Iron Collection who were buying models from Cliff Peterson who lived nearby them back in the 70's / 80's. 

The patent was issued on March 13th 1855 to E. Morgan.  This patent model is approx 6" tall  x 11" long and in very nice condition. The patent number is 12518 and this model is a  pretty good match to the patent drawing which can be viewed using Google Patents search with the number 12518. 

 This Patent Model Washer is an interesting design and was cutting edge technology for the time. The inventor put a lot of thought into the workings and features. A lot of  later washers use the same basic ideas and action.  Basically it takes the idea of a standard washboard, enlarges it, lays it down in a tub, and then mechanizes it.  It is basically a wash tub with one built in washboard that can be raised or lowered inside the tub, and a second smaller washboard / rubber with a handle that you use to scrub the dirt away.  The condition is excellent!!    An nice one!!

Excellent. . . . . .$675.00     SOLD!



1877 Patent Model Ironing Board1877 Patent Model Ironing Board  This was designed to clamp onto an existing table or cabinet.  It had little swing out drying racks, and a built in trivet.  What would one think of next?  Super condition.

Good +. . . . .$175.00       SOLD








1880 Patent Model Ironing Board / Ladder1880 Patent Model Ironing Board / Ladder  There were numerous patent for this combination of an ironing board and ladder.  From a time when both were a necessity and space was at a premium.  Super condition.

Good +. . . . .$325.00       SOLD








1879 Patent Model Combination Washing Machine / Bath Tub1879 Patent Model Combination Washing Machine / Bath Tub  This idea was presented by a fellow named Kock from NY.  The patent request claims it was to be used in tenements where there was limited space and a need for both clothes cleanliness and personal hygiene needs.

Good +. . . . .$450.00       SOLD







Patent Model of Tire UpsetterPatent Model of Tire Upsetter  I believe this was for wooden wheels to help in removing the wire rim, not anything to do with rubber tires as we know them.   

Good . . . . .$295.00       SOLD







October 9th 1866 Patent Model House BellOctober 9th 1866 Patent Model House Bell This is an interesting patent model.

Good . . . . .  SOLD









1879 Washing Machine Patent Model1879 Washing Machine Patent Model  This washing machine patent model is a lever operated plunger type and has its original tag.   The patent was issued on January 7th 9th 1879 to Robert Ward and Robert Rogers of Arkansas.  This patent model is approx 10" tall  x 4" or so wide at the widest point. The patent number is 211198 and this model is a  good match to the patent drawing which can be viewed using Google Patents search with the number 211198.

The patent text claims that the clothes are washed when the suction created by pumping the handle up and down forces  the water through the clothes and delivers a superior result compared to those other washers that rely upon rubbing or other agitators which wear out the clothes to boot.  Although I have seen hundreds of different style plunger type washers, with all sorts of different gizmos to help with the action down there, I have never seen a full size version of this one.  Different!!

The condition is excellent!!  

Excellent. . . . . . $395.00    SOLD!!





McLean & Bennor 1873 Patent Model Sewing MachineMcLean & Bennor 1873 Patent Model Sewing Machine  The patent for this unusual machine was granted on January 21 1873.  The patent number is 135,000.  It comes up with a Google search.  I have never seen or had a sewing machine produced by this partnership.  The partnership between McLean & Bennor lasted just 3 years from 1873 - 1876.

This sewing machine is similar looking to a McLean & Hopper sewing machine who was also McLean's partner during the same period. What the relationship between the three was is unknown.   There is info to be found on the internet and at the Smithsonian site about them and the parent company The Centennial Sewing Machine Co.  The last listing for that company was also 1876.

The patent mentions the machine bed being "broken away" to better show the working parts.  That has been done.  Problem is some of those parts below the bed are missing.  Most notably the bobbin case and hook assembly which is described in the patent.    Different and nice!!

Good . . . . . . . $1250.00    SOLD!!





1873 Patent Model of Wick Raiser for Oil Lamp1873 Patent Model of Wick Raiser for Oil Lamp Abel Combs was granted a patent for his wick raising idea for oil lamps on February 18th 1873 .  The patent number is 136034.  It is viewable on Google and is a close match.   He had at least one other patent granted in 1885 related to lamps and wicks as well.  He resided in Philadelphia PA.

The patent describes the means by which the wick is raised.  Not being a lamp person it is hard for me to describe and looking at the top wick area I can not tell exactly how it would work.  The model looks great though and is a complete lamp on a nice milk glass base that is chip or damage free.  It has a great looking circular brass body that is dent or damage free.   It has its original tag and ribbon.  The overall condition is nice.  An interesting & unusual display piece!! 
   

Very Good . . . . . . $995.00    SOLD!!




1879 Barnard Patent Model of Inkstand / Inkwell1879 Benson Patent Model of Inkstand / Inkwell The patent was granted on July 8th 1879 to Henry Benson of NY.  The patent number is 217256.  It is viewable on Google with a bit of work.  The idea here was that the user would fill the upper brass container with dried material, the coloring agent used to create ink, and after pouring water or other suitable material into the top hopper / container, ink would be created and flow down into the lower bowl to be used.  It is interesting to note that the patent was assigned to Joseph Reckendorfer who is famous for being the first to develop a pencil w/ eraser on it. 

This patent model is nicely constructed with finished wood base, and brass cup and plate on the top..  It has its original tag that is quite faded.  The overall condition is nice.  An interesting & unusual display piece!! 
   

Very Good . . . . . . $395.00   SOLD!!




1885 Patent Model of Roller Skate by W. F. Cornelius1885 Patent Model of Roller Skate by W. F. Cornelius The patent for this roller skate was granted on August 25 1885.  The patent number is 325161.  It is viewable on Google and is a close match.  Wilber Cornelius held more than one patent for roller skates and had a different one issued or granted just one week prior to this one. He had at least one other as well.  He resided in Muncie Indiana.

The patent describes the wheels, axels, and how they are operable, adjustable, and flexible.  His ideas were cutting edge and the design looks similar to those on modern day roller skates and skateboards. In reading the patent one sees that later designers often referred to his patents when seeking their own. 

This patent model is nicely constructed with wood platform, and hardwood wheels attached to multi piece adjustable steel brackets.  It has its original tags.  The overall condition is nice.  An interesting & unusual display piece!! 
   

Very Good . . . . . . $495.00    SOLD!!




1877 Sack Packer Patent Model by Herman Barnard of Moline Illinois1877 Sack Packer Patent Model by Herman Barnard of Moline Illinois The patent was granted on November 27th 1877.  The patent number is 197590.  It is viewable on Google.  Herman Barnard hailed from Moline Illinois and was a founding partner of Barnard & Leas Mfg. Co. who he assigned this patent to.  Barnard & Leas Mfg. Co. was a well known manufacturer of farm and corn related tools and products including things like corn shellers and the like.  There is a nice Bio on Barnard and the company online at an Illinois ancestry site.

The patent model is very mechanical and nicely constructed.  It stands just about 12" tall.   The overall condition is nice noting the chains to lift the upper hopper are disconnected or missing.  Most everything else seems to be right.  Interesting & unusual!! 
   

Very Good . . . . . . $700.00    SOLD!!




Patent Model Revolving Cannon1870 Patent Model of Revolving Cannon This 1870 Patent Model of Revolving Cannon is a very unique and early ordinance related patent model.   This is not a toy, it is the actual model presented to the US patent Office for a patent in 1870.  The patent was granted on December 20th 1870. This Patent Model of a Revolving Cannon is a unique and early ordinance related patent model.  Patent models of ordinance or firearms are very rare and seldom come on the market.  The Patent number is 110,194 and the inventors name was Eduard Brehm of Jersey City NJ.   A Google search brings it up, and it is a good match.

The patentee calls his invention  a revolving cannon as the term machine gun or Gatling gun were not yet in common use.  This patent model is made almost entirely of wood.  Note the decoration and title "Revolving Cannon" on the wooden barrel.  Also note the small worm drives Brehm designed to adjust the elevation and to move the gun or cannon left to right.   The firing operation and type of ammunition is described in detail in the patent papers but the model does not open too inspect those mechanisms or their design.  When the rear crank is turned it makes a clacking sound like a noise maker.  A unique piece of Americana that will display well in a number of themed collections. 

Very Good . . . . . . $2050.00    SOLD!!




Corser & Bundy 1861 Patent Model of Ice SkateCorser & Bundy 1861 Patent Model of Ice Skate The patent was granted on July 16th 1861.  The patent number is 32821.  It is viewable on Google.  Corser & Bundy hailed from Clappville Mass.

This small patent model is nicely constructed.  It has its original tag.  The idea for the patent is that the runners are spring loaded and lockable in either a fixed position, or the spring loaded mode. The idea being that it would be changed as the smoothness of the ice changed.  The patent reads that the inventors understand that spring loaded runners are not a new idea, but that they way they have set it up here is.  That was enough to be granted a patent.   The overall condition is nice.  An interesting & unusual display piece!! 
   

Very Good . . . . . . $495.00    SOLD!!





1865 Patent Model of Mangle1865 Patent Model of Mangle William Price of Cincinnati Ohio was granted a patent for this clothes mangle / washer on January 17th 1865.  This model came from the Mr. & Mrs. O. Rundell Gilbert collection and has those tags as well as the original Patent Office tag.   The fabric on the rollers is beginning to come loose.  The idea revolved around the folding design making it easier to operate and care for both the clothes and the machine when not in use.  A nice display piece that dates from the Civil War era of American History.  

Good . . . . . . $150.00       SOLD!!


Patent Model Plunger WasherPatent Model Plunger Washer 

Good . . . . . $195.00       SOLD










1848 Patent Model of Cook Stove by D. Buck I'm not sure if this super and interesting patent model is by anyone having anything to do with the current line of Buck Stoves,  but this fellow sure was proud of his name, and embellished and decorated every available panel with scenes of a large deer in the forest.  These are not just painted on the surface, they are 3-dimensional.  I never pulled the patent, but he has vents and chambers and even a cold air intake on the bottom.  In addition to the original tag and red ribbon, the top of the stove is clearly marked "D. Buck's Patent".  Overall it measures just under 12" deep by 8" wide and 6 1/2" tall.  It is made out of tinned steel with the exterior painted black.  The hinged doors and vents are present and operable, and as with many patent models,  Mr. Buck didn't bother with the top plates to give you a better and unobstructed view of the inner workings.   This is a great example of a one-of-a-kind patent model and a super piece of Americana to boot.  It has the added plus of  name recognition in today's world, and the artistic endeavors by Mr. Buck are an added bonus rarely seen on such models.

Good . . . . .   SOLD



1876 Patent Model of Burglar Door Alarm and Locking Mechanism   Here is a super one of a kind original Patent Model of a Burglar Alarm & Door Lock Mechanism dating from 1876 which is just incredible.  It measures approx. 12 " tall by 10" wide and is made of a stained wood to resemble a walnut or mahogany.  Its provenance is that it is from the O. Rundle Gilbert Collection, and was sold at the Christies Auction a few years ago.  It has its original  patent office receiving tag and red ribbon, along with a green one from Mr. Gilbert's inventory.  There are remnants of  another tag nailed on the model, but most of this one is gone.  The idea from looking at and playing with it a bit is that once you had set it,  if someone were to later jiggle or try and force the handle in either direction the bell would sound, and at the same time lock the door.  It would do this if the handle was turned in either direction.  The dome for the bell is not present, but that is proper as it would not be needed and would interfere with viewing of the operation of the model.  I have seen a couple of really great patent models passed over because the perspective buyer did not feel it was complete, when in actuality it was made that way and submitted like that, to better demonstrate the model.  This is an interesting and desirable piece of Early American History, and as I said in the beginning it is a one of a kind, so when this one is gone, there will not be another.

Good . . . . .   SOLD



Sept. 3 1867 Patent Model of Oil Dispenser / Can This is an interesting patent model of the type of Oil Dispenser / Can that you  occasionally see full-size at old time auctions, or in petroliana museums or collections.  You will never have the opportunity to find another one this size with its original patent tags as this is the only one there is.   These Patent Models are far rarer than they may seem, and when the small supply that are presently around are gone, there will be no more.  These wonderful pieces of Americana are one-of-a-kinds and each one has a story to tell, and should have a place high up on the shelf in your collection or museum.  This super piece measures just under 12" tall by about 8" across.  It is in super condition, noting the one small dent in the of the name G. H. Hatch, who was from Pomeroy, Ohio.  The pump was made to work, and is complete with stop valves, gaskets, and the rest.  Oftentimes you see a model of a piece of which you have never seen the actual full-size item, but that is not the case here, and hopefully Mr. Hatch made a lot of money with his idea.

Good . . . . .$995.00      SOLD

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