The Curious World of Patent Models

The Curious World of Patent Models

No start date available - March 31st, 2013

From the time the U.S. Patent Office was founded in 1790 and throughout the industrial revolution, inventors were required to submit a working, scale model for their invention when applying for a patent. This exhibit features 50 of these original antique models, including everything from the first patented rocking chair to the first burglar alarm.