The Curious World of Patent Models

Tuesday May 6, 2014 - Tuesday Sep 23, 2014 Grout Museum History & Science
503 South St.
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Much of America’s success is due to the dreams and inventions of its many citizens. Few people realize however, that from the time the U.S. Patent Office was formed by Thomas Jefferson in 1790 and throughout the industrial revolution, inventors were required to submit a working, scale model of their invention when applying for a patent.
 
The exhibit, organized by the Rothschild Patent Model Collection, consists of 58 models created between 1852 and 1902. These examples vary from household to mechanical and technical to simplistic. Visitors may recognize names associated with several models such as Christian Steinway’s capodastro frame for pianofortes or Eli Whitney’s breech-loading firearm.

Organized by the Rothschild Patent Model Collection

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