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PATENT MODEL - 1878 IMPROVED FARM GATE

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    Posted 5 years ago

    TheGateKee…
    (222 items)

    September 24, 1878 John Coffits of Central City, Iowa was awarded patent No. 208,225 for his improved farm gate. This model was submitted to the US Patent Office along with his patent application. One hundred thirty nine years later it ended up in McKinney, Texas via New Jersey. One small piece of the original patent tag is attached to the gate with "red tape." The hinged section at the bottom of the gate is not mentioned in the patent. I feel sure that it is meant to be folded up during the winter when there is heavy snow cover.

    Several parts are missing that I plan to fabricate and add to the model to bring it back to operating condition. Stay tuned for additional photos of the restoration.

    September 2017 - Gate restored. 1st photo.

    This gate won a Blue Ribbon in the Mechanical Items category in the Hobby Collections Division of the 2018 State Fair of Texas Creative Arts Department.

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    Comments

    1. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Wonderful !~
    2. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 5 years ago
      Thanks PhilDMorris.
    3. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      It's fantastic Gatekeeper that this was the actual model for patent assessment, and not a salesman model. Well found!
    4. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 5 years ago
      Thank you for the high praise racer4four.
    5. Trey Trey, 5 years ago
      Where in the world was this found!! Amazing find!!!
    6. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 5 years ago
      a collector never reveals his secrets. lets just say it came from the Northeast.
    7. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Don't know how I missed this one-- GREAT patent model!

      scott
    8. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 5 years ago
      Thanks Scott. Appreciate it.

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