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Improvement in Sawing-Machines. (open access)

Improvement in Sawing-Machines.

Patent for a new and improved pulley-operated, roller-fed log sawing machine
Date: May 24, 1873
Creator: Bell, George W. of Orange, Texas. ; Bell, G. W.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Cotton-Plows. (open access)

Improvement in Cotton-Plows.

Patent for improvements in plows with removable curved flanges.
Date: July 29, 1873
Creator: Sims, Zachariah B.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Lubricating car-axles (open access)

Lubricating car-axles

Patent for an improvement in axle lubrication involving an oil-elevator, axle-box and journal-box. Includes illustrations.
Date: January 7, 1873
Creator: Morris, Joseph R.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Fluting-Machines. (open access)

Improvement in Fluting-Machines.

Patent for an improvement in gage-fluting machines, including an illustration. "It relates to a machine for fluting or crimping articles of ladies' apparel" (lines 6-7).
Date: January 14, 1873
Creator: Saunders, David R.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Compounds for Destroying Caterpillars. (open access)

Improvement in Compounds for Destroying Caterpillars.

Patent for an insecticide compound that combines Paris green, flour, and lime, which allows the poison, arsenic, to better adhere to cotton plants. Includes instructions.
Date: January 14, 1873
Creator: Whisenant, Green F.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Compounds for Fish-Baits. (open access)

Improvement in Compounds for Fish-Baits.

Patent for a new compound to be used as fish bait, consisting of oil of anise, asafetida, cardamom-seed, golden, yellow, or black root, and buzzard root. Includes instructions.
Date: January 21, 1873
Creator: Goodman, Samuel A., Jr.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Nails. (open access)

Improvement in Nails.

Patent for a nail with hexagonal form with two sides nearly flat and beveled edges.
Date: January 21, 1873
Creator: Hall, William N.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Cultivators. (open access)

Improvement in Cultivators.

Patent for an improvement in the design of corn and cotton cultivators, including illustrations.
Date: January 21, 1873
Creator: Sims, Zachariah B.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Horse-Powers. (open access)

Improvement in Horse-Powers.

Patent for improvements made to motors that power machinery, called "horse-powers." The specific improvements made are in the arrangement of mechanical pulleys from which the motor derives power, arranged in such a way that will not significantly increase the size or cost of the machine.
Date: February 4, 1873
Creator: Müller, Joseph
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement  in Cotton-Cleaners. (open access)

Improvement in Cotton-Cleaners.

Patent for a new and improved cotton-cleaner that enhances the performance of cotton cleaning. It includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: February 4, 1873
Creator: Ralston, Joe
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Dumping-Platforms. (open access)

Improvement in Dumping-Platforms.

Patent for a new cart-loader design "for dumping earth into carts or other receptacles" (lines 13-14), including illustrations.
Date: February 11, 1873
Creator: Atkinson, Jesse.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Wash-Boiler Attachments (open access)

Improvement in Wash-Boiler Attachments

Patent for the improvement in Steam Wash-Boiler Attachments.
Date: February 11, 1873
Creator: Hart, Richard B.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Plows. (open access)

Improvement in Plows.

Patent for improved plow-stock applying multiple plow-irons to the same plow-frame.
Date: February 11, 1873
Creator: Love, John.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Cultivators. (open access)

Improvement in Cultivators.

Patent for improvements to a cultivator "which, for convenience of operation, may be attached to the wheels or frame of any ordinary wagon or cart, or it may be operated independently of either of the above by attaching the draft animals directly to the main or principal beam to which the plow-points are connected." (Lines 10-16) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: February 18, 1873
Creator: Hinckley, Jacob B.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Bale-Ties. (open access)

Improvement in Bale-Ties.

Patent for fastening iron or other bands on cotton-bales or packages that put up with iron bands, including illustrations.
Date: February 18, 1873
Creator: Quin, Michael
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Scew-Propellers. (open access)

Improvement in Scew-Propellers.

Patent for "means for guiding pivoted propeller-blades so that they can open and close readily and uniformly. It also consists in a new mode of applying a spring there-to so that the obliquity or resistance of the blades will be automatically graduated." (Lines 6-11) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: February 18, 1873
Creator: Wilson, Martin M.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Seed Planters (open access)

Improvement in Seed Planters

Patent for "improvement in Seed Planters as herein described and pointed out in the claim..."(paragraph 4 contains instructions and references to the illustration Fig 1 and Fig 2 as well as these illustrations labeled parts)
Date: February 25, 1873
Creator: Friday, Reuben
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Plows. (open access)

Improvement in Plows.

Patent for an improvement in plow design, including illustrations.
Date: February 25, 1873
Creator: Nichols, James R.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Running-Gears for Vehicles. (open access)

Improvement in Running-Gears for Vehicles.

Patent for vehicle running gear improvements consisting of two piece head-block, central eye, groove for king bolt, and wrought-iron brackets for parts.
Date: February 25, 1873
Creator: Meddows, Isaac O.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Floor-Clamps. (open access)

Improvement in Floor-Clamps.

Patent for an improvement in floor clamps, including illustrations.
Date: March 4, 1873
Creator: Foster, John J.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Levers for Presses. (open access)

Improvement in Levers for Presses.

Patent for improvements on locks and fasteners of shutters.
Date: March 3, 1873
Creator: Gates, Joseph P.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Machines for Making Plow-Irons. (open access)

Improvement in Machines for Making Plow-Irons.

Patent for an improvement in the design for machines for manufacturing plow irons, including illustrations.
Date: March 4, 1873
Creator: McGinty, James M. & Nolan, Thomas.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Apparatus for Stretching Wire Fences. (open access)

Improvement in Apparatus for Stretching Wire Fences.

Patent for stretching wire from post to post in the construction of wire fencing, which includes directions how to secure the wire, includes illustrations.
Date: March 4, 1873
Creator: Mangham, Josiah T.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Wheels for Vehicles. (open access)

Improvement in Wheels for Vehicles.

Patent for new and useful improvement in wagon hubs that includes one-piece attachment and spokes that can be cut by metal strips by exposed to no injury, including illustrations.
Date: March 18, 1873
Creator: McNalley, Michael
System: The Portal to Texas History