Patent Model of Sholes & Glidden Typewriter, 1874-1878

Summary

From 1790 to 1880, the U.S. Patent Office required applicants to submit a miniature model along with diagrams and written descriptions detailing the operation of their invention. Patent models could be no larger than 12" by 12" by 12". Though they were usually not operational, these models helped explain an inventor's idea and protect it from competitors.

From 1790 to 1880, the U.S. Patent Office required applicants to submit a miniature model along with diagrams and written descriptions detailing the operation of their invention. Patent models could be no larger than 12" by 12" by 12". Though they were usually not operational, these models helped explain an inventor's idea and protect it from competitors.

Artifact

Model (Patent)

Date Made

1874-1878

Creators

Sholes, Christopher Latham, 1819-1890 

Glidden, Carlos 

Place of Creation

United States, Wisconsin, Milwaukee 

Creator Notes

Invented by Christopher Latham Sholes and Carlos Glidden in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

29.1524.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Remington Rand Business Service.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Iron (Metal)
Brass (Alloy)
Ceramic (Material)

Dimensions

Height: 11.75 in

Width: 11.75 in

Length: 12 in

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