Posted 6 years ago
Salesman sample gate patented by William R. White, of Bloomington, Illinois on July 3, 1900, patent #652,870. Dimensions are 24.5" x 9.5" x 12". The model makers label appears on the bottom. This model maker was a well known individual who produced many salesman models. This is the second model of a White swinging automatic gate in my collection. The earlier post is the rust colored gate. This was the culmination of a series of attempts to perfect the operating mechanism for his gates. This one operates very smoothly. This model came from St. Petersburg, FL.
You may have noticed the patent drawing says "no model" on the top left side. It means that no patent model was submitted with the application for patent. The patent model requirement was discontinued in the late 1880s.
The patent model size limitations were 12" x 12" x 12".