Patent Model of Kerosene Lamp, 1867

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

1867

Subject Date

07 May 1867

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

26.160.12

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the Smithsonian Institution

Material

Brass (Alloy)
Glass (Material)

Dimensions

Height: 10 in

Diameter: 4.875 in

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