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Improvement in Seed-Planters. (open access)

Improvement in Seed-Planters.

Patent for a seed-planter using two vibratory vertical feed-wheels, similar in size to distribute different seeds at the same time, one is designed specifically for cotton seeds, illustration is included.
Date: August 16, 1859
Creator: Murphy, Willis G.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Cotton-Presses. (open access)

Improvement in Cotton-Presses.

Patent for the improvement of the cotton press using a cam-lever for operating the side of the press-box with two different application of power, including illustration.
Date: February 16, 1858
Creator: Witting, F. W.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Cotton-Pickers. (open access)

Improvement in Cotton-Pickers.

Patent for "new and useful Improvements in Hand-Machines for Gathering Cotton in the Field" (lines 3-5), including instructions and illustrations.
Date: September 16, 1856
Creator: Shields, B. G.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Rotary Steam-Engine. (open access)

Rotary Steam-Engine.

Patent for the improvement of the rotary engine through the arrangement of passages and system of pistons for a more simple construction with little friction, including illustration.
Date: August 16, 1859
Creator: Montjoy, George J. & Sawyer, J. B.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Arrangement of Devices for Lowering and Detaching Boats. (open access)

Arrangement of Devices for Lowering and Detaching Boats.

Patent for "lowering and detaching life and other small boats from large ships" (lines 5-7), including illustration.
Date: March 16, 1858
Creator: De Veuve, Henry
System: The Portal to Texas History
Book-Sewing Machine. (open access)

Book-Sewing Machine.

Patent for improvements in book sewing machines, the descriptions are included by figures.
Date: July 16, 1867
Creator: Sims, Ferdinand
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Sewing Machines (open access)

Improvement in Sewing Machines

Patent for "a new Improved Sewing-Machine" that "has for its object to provide more useful and efficient machines than those now in use."
Date: November 16, 1869
Creator: Cleaver, P. J.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Sewing-Machine. (open access)

Improvement in Sewing-Machine.

Patent for improvements to the sewing machine. The patent includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: November 16, 1869
Creator: Clever, P. J.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Gun-Locks. (open access)

Improvement in Gun-Locks.

Patent for "a novel application of hair-trigger catch to the main trigger, which operates together with a holder and separate springs." (Lines 30-33) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: August 16, 1870
Creator: Deutz, Joseph
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Coffee-Mills. (open access)

Improvement in Coffee-Mills.

Patent for an improvement to upright coffee-mills, "whereby the bearings are always maintained in their true relative positions, while the strain on the two is made automatically counteracting, and each part of the shell firmly and effectually supported by the other." (Lines 10-14) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: August 16, 1870
Creator: Richer, Francois Charles
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Glass Globes or Reservoirs for Lamps. (open access)

Improvement in Glass Globes or Reservoirs for Lamps.

Patent for an "invention to prevent the breaking of glass globes used in kerosene lamps as reservoirs for the burning fluid; and this invention consists in the application around the reservoir of a rubber ring let into a groove, but projecting sufficiently to receive the concussion in case the lamp is overthrown." (Lines 10-16) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: April 16, 1872
Creator: Otto, Adolph
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Cotton-Choppers and Cultivators (open access)

Improvement in Cotton-Choppers and Cultivators

Patent for a improved version of the cotton-chopper, used for the cultivation of cotton. This is a new arrangement of part of the cotton-chopper as it fits in with the complete machine.
Date: April 16, 1872
Creator: Harcrow, James M.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Combined Planter and Cultivator. (open access)

Improvement in Combined Planter and Cultivator.

Patent for improvement in combined planter and cultivator by “combining instruments such as hoppers, plow-beans, brace-bars, foot-levers and many others that required for preparing the ground, planting the seed, and cultivating the plants and which may be easily adjusted for the various uses.” (Lines 22-25) Illustration is included.
Date: March 16, 1869
Creator: Switzer, W. C.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Reversible Axle-Skeins. (open access)

Improvement in Reversible Axle-Skeins.

Patent for improvements in reversible axle skeins: "My invention consists of cast mental axle skeins fitted on the axles, whether of wood or iron, so that they can be turned from time to time, as they wear away, to remove the worn place from the wearing position and bring a part not worn thereto." (lines 5-10).
Date: April 16, 1872
Creator: Smith, Andrew F.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improved Ditching-Machine. (open access)

Improved Ditching-Machine.

Patent for improvement in ditching machine which “consists of a boring or ditching-auger, suspended from the frame of a truck, and having an enlarged head projecting in advance of the truck, and rotated, so as to bore out a groove as the truck is moved along, screwing the earth taken back through a trough, to an elevator which carries it up to a spout, chuting it to one side.” (Lines 13-19) Illustration is included.
Date: November 16, 1869
Creator: McGehee, James W.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improved Bedstead-Fastening (open access)

Improved Bedstead-Fastening

Patent for improvements in the mode of fastening the rail to the post of bedsteads.
Date: August 16, 1870
Creator: Maulding, Pres.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Chairs. (open access)

Improvement in Chairs.

Patent for improvements in chairs: "the back, seat, foot rest, and head rest are all self adjusting, and operated by the natural movements of the occupant" (lines 11-13).
Date: April 16, 1872
Creator: Haupt, William W.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Weighted Horseshoes. (open access)

Improvement in Weighted Horseshoes.

Patent for improvement in weighted horseshoes, which are used in horse training for gait improvement. The horseshoes have removable weights received by a flange and held in place by screws. The weight may be formed in various shapes to correct different issues.
Date: January 16, 1877
Creator: Seixas, Eugene E.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvements In Machines for Distributing Compounds for Destroying Cotton-Worms (open access)

Improvements In Machines for Distributing Compounds for Destroying Cotton-Worms

Patent for improvements on machines to distribute poison for cotton worms in the field. It consists of vibrating,sifting boxes combined with a suspension bar which is secured to the front of a horse saddle so the rider can shake the boxes to distribute poison powder to two rows of crops at a time.
Date: March 16, 1875
Creator: Willie, William T.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Washing-Machines (open access)

Improvement in Washing-Machines

Patent for "a new and valuable Improvement in Washing-Machines" for which "the novelty consists in providing the tank with two separate apartments or boxes for containing, respectively, suds and clear water, and in arranging the separating partition so that an ordinary wringer may be attached thereto and used on the clothes as they pass from the suds-box to the clear-water box."
Date: July 16, 1872
Creator: Newman, Greer J.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Swinging Berths. (open access)

Improvement in Swinging Berths.

Patent for the improvement of ships' berths, by neutralizing the effect of the roll and pitch of the seas to prevent sea sickness, as well as providing space for baggage and ballast.
Date: July 16, 1875
Creator: Brown, Bartlett W.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Painter's Scaffold-chairs. (open access)

Improvement in Painter's Scaffold-chairs.

Patent for use of house-painters and others an improved scaffold-chair that may be elevated and lowered at pleasure by the person sitting on the scaffold.
Date: May 16, 1876
Creator: Crockett, John R.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Fence-Building Machines. (open access)

Improvement in Fence-Building Machines.

Patent for "a portable machine comprising a pile-driving apparatus, with a portable attachment for making the holes and driving in the posts; also, a boring attachment for deep holes, and also wire-drums for carrying and delivering wires for the wire fence or telegraph wires." (Lines 6-12) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: May 16, 1876
Creator: Tally, Thomas J.
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improvement in Fire-Tongs. (open access)

Improvement in Fire-Tongs.

Patent for improvement in fire-tongs with legs forked below the joint and riveted together.
Date: June 16, 1874
Creator: Kenney, Martin M.
System: The Portal to Texas History