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MACHINE FOR LEATHERING TACKS Patent Model Antique Taunton MA Sewing Textile Rare

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller theantikeychop (1,274) 100%, Location: Wethersfield, Connecticut, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 162341927889 One of a kind, antique Patent Model dated to 1855 for a "Machine of Leathering Tacks." In the early days of the U.S. Patent Office, all application had to be accompanied by a working model of the new invention. This practice was stopped around 1880 when there too many models for the department to house. In the early 1900s, Congress ordered the patent models to be sold off. They changed hands several times and in the 1940s a vast majority was purchased by O. Rundle Gilbert. The tags on this machine bear the Gilbert name. The patent model of a "Machine for Leathering Tacks" listed here was invented by brothers Marcus Morton and John Corey Rhodes of Taunton, Massachusetts. The last image in this listing is of the patent drawing (patent no.12,832). In 1861 Marcus would start the M.M. Rhodes & Sons Company in the same town. The Rhodes were an important family in Taunton both industrially and politically. The Rhodes made this model extremely durable. Lots of patent models were poorly made and haven't survived all too well. This Rhodes machine, however, was cast of solid steel so, as you can imagine, it's very heavy. The enamel is mostly very good. Any rust is on the surface and could be treated. The machine measures about one foot tall. It still works, too! Again, patent models, by definition, are one of a kind. There is no other like it. Very Rare. Questions? Send me a message or call me at 860-729-2252

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