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US Patent: 429,088

Pipe Wrench Patentee: Edward O Ely - Boston MA Granted:1890-05-27

The movable jaw is housed in a rocking frame similar to that used in the Stillson pipe wrench (viz pat. no. 95,744 and sequels). The patented features are the guide lugs behind the rocking frame carrying the movable jaw and adjusting nut, the corresponding bearing surfaces on the rocking frame, and the compression return spring inserted in the frame between the guide lugs. Produced as the 2nd version of the TRIMO pipe wrench. It evolved from nos. 397,618 and 414,663. In marketing, it was distinguished from the earlier style by the designation "A." The TRIMO EMERGENCY PIPE WRENCH with screwdriver in the handle & rare TRIMO A 6 // Patented 1889 - 90 "Gas Fitters Wrench" comes from this phase of development of the TRIMO pipe wrench. This frame was the basis for later refinements, including patent nos. 1,012,036 and 1,187,690.
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US Patent: 41,747

Improved Screw-Wrench Patentee: George C. Taft - Worcester MA Granted:1864-02-23

The patent is for a "rosette" design to transfer strain from the adjusting screw to the shank of a monkey wrench. It is a refinement of the design in Taft's Nov. 10, 1863 patent 40,590. A known example incorporating these patents is marked "CHAMPION MOWER AND REAPER WRENCH // PAT ??? 1863, FEB. 23, 1864" (The November 1863 date is partially obliterated on this example.) Another known example is marked "DODGE & WELLINGTON WORCESTER // PAT"D NOV. 10, 1863 FEB. 23, 1864" These Taft patents figured prominently in various phases of the Collins / Coes patent infringement lawsuits, and were used for the L. Coes & Co. MECHANICS WRENCH in the 1870s. A bit of trivia: The "signature" on the drawing is entirely in the handwriting style of Thomas H. Dodge or someone in his employ -- compare a "typical" Taft signature (like the drawing for patent 40,590).
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US Patent: 262,263

Pipe-Wrench Patentee: Caleb C. Walworth - Boston MA Granted:1882-08-08

This patent shows a solid frame for the adjusting nut and movable jaw, with an interior projection on the frame providing a pivot point for the rocking movement of the adjustable jaw. The handle design and end cap shown in the patent drawing match a 6 inch version of the Stillson wrench that had a screwdriver tip under the end cap. The concealed screwdriver is not noted in the specifications; this feature was already available in the mid-1870s. Subsequent production of Walworth's Stillson pipe wrenches were marked with the August 1882 patent, even though they were still using the features of the original Oct. 12, 1869 and April 30, 1872 Stillson patents (nos. 95,744 & 126,161).
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US Patent: 12,510

Improvement in Screw-Wrenches Patentee: Joseph Hyde - New York NY Granted:1855-03-13

The title is misleading. The moveable jaw is held in position by a cam-lever, and the patented feature is a moveable jaw insert which enables the wrench to grip pipe or other round objects. A GRAY BROTHERS (N.Y.) 1857 listing shows a HYDE's PATENT GRIPPING WRENCH that incorporates features of this patent and Hyde's Oct. 2, 1855 patent (no. 13,617). The directory also connects this firm to Gray's Ratchet Bed Key (see patent no. 71,871 for later manifestation).
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US Patent: 198,685

Improvement in wrenches Patentee: Sylvanus Edward Robinson - Newark NJ Granted:1877-12-25

One known example marked "Robinsons Crank Wrench & Bit Brace Newark N.J. Pat. Jan. 26, 1875, Dec. 25, 1877" One strange variant has a hammer poll for the crank handle, with the frame extended to form a claw -- the fulcrum point for the claw would "clash" with the knob for the jaw adjusting screw. Improves Robison's patent no. 159,119.
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US Patent: 375,720

Printing ink Patentee: Leonard Bailey - Hartford CT Granted:1888-01-03

Once again we find a familiar name on an unexpected patent. Fellow Stanley inventor Justus Traut has a patent for Trousers stretchers 442,926
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US Patent: 18,691

DATAMP Wacky Patents - September 17, 2017 - 11:24am
Improvement in methods of floating horses, &c., across rivers Patentee: Samuel P. Heintzelman - Newport Barracks KY Granted:1857-11-24

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 730,918 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
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US Patent: 24,018

Nut Cracker Patentee: Russel Frisbie - Middletown CT Granted:1859-05-17

Alligator jaw, compound leverage, bench mount nut cracker. The manufacturer name, etc. is cast in the base of some examples, with the patent date spelled out in the handle.
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US Patent: 556,248

DATAMP Wacky Patents - September 16, 2017 - 11:11am
Saluting Device Patentee: James C. Boyle - Spokane WA Granted:1896-03-10

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 18,691 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
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US Patent: 118,141

Wrench Patentee: Allen P. Lord - Friendship NY Granted:1871-08-15

A short length of rack teeth on the base of the movable jaw engages rack teeth on the face of the main shank. A set screw secures the adjustment. A known example appears to be at least partially hand forged, and is stamped with the patent date.
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US Patent: 1,159,804

DATAMP Wacky Patents - September 13, 2017 - 10:55am
Clothes pin Patentee: Robert John Schulz - Saginaw MI Granted:1915-11-09

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 363,037 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
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US Patent: 305,102

DATAMP Wacky Patents - September 10, 2017 - 10:51am
Illuminating device for frightening rats and mice Patentee: John H. Nelson - South Lima NY Granted:1884-09-16

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 92,379 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
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US Patent: 58,626

Improvement in Spike Pullers Patentee: R. A. Fish - Worchester MA Granted:1866-10-09

Martin Donnelly had one of these in a tool auction
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US Patent: 256,265

DATAMP Wacky Patents - September 8, 2017 - 10:13am
Device for waking persons from sleep Patentee: Samuel S. Applegate - Camden NJ Granted:1882-04-11

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 221,855 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
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US Patent: RE295

Improvement in fastening lanterns Patentees: Charles Monnin - Buffalo NY , William M. Booth - Buffalo NY Granted:1855-01-30


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US Patent: 4,528,868

Barrier guard for shears, presses and the like Patentee: Robert L. Hennesen - Buffalo NY Granted:1985-07-16


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US Patent: 363,037

DATAMP Wacky Patents - September 2, 2017 - 8:52am
Means and apparatus for propelling and guiding baloons Patentee: Charles Richard Edouard Wulff - Paris France Granted:1887-05-17

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 560,351 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
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US Patent: 571,287

Combination Tool Patentee: Josiah F. Ryder - Attleborough MA Granted:1896-11-10

Compound leverage pliers type tool. Envisioned as a pocket tool combining several screwdrivers, nippers, gripping jaws for bicycle spokes, and alligator wrench. Corresponding British patent GB-189625230 was registered Nov. 10, 1896. A known example has no legible markings.
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US Patent: 92,379

DATAMP Wacky Patents - August 30, 2017 - 8:28am
Rocking Chair Patentee: Charles Singer - South Bend IN Granted:1869-07-06

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 490,964 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
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US Patent: 395,222

Brace-Chuck Patentee: John S. Fray - Bridgeport CT Granted:1888-12-25

Example found with this patent date and the date for 395,889
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