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1855 Article Patent Sawing Machinery Saw Timber Lumber Scientific American YSA2

1855 Article Patent Sawing Machinery Saw Timber Lumber Scientific American YSA2

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This is an original 1855 one-page black and white print article from Scientific American, with in-text wood engraving illustrations, describing improvements in machinery for sawing timber or boards. This device is the invention of Piney Youngs and J. B. Smith --both of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


This 159+ year old Item is rated Very Fine ++. Light foxing and aging. Light wrinkling. No tears. Light water stain - top left corner. Please note that the small white spots in the top margin are just reflections on our digital image -- they are NOT on the item.

  • Product Type: Original Print Article; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine ++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10.25 x 15 inches; 26 x 38 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

The mid-19th century might well be labeled the Age of Invention. New technologies and scientific discoveries prompted an explosion of new inventions which were duly described in the pages of Scientific American --the Advocate of Industry and Journal of Scientific, Mechanical and other Improvements. Some of these inventions were undoubtedly useful such as improvements to farm plows, seeders, mills, woodworking machines, hospital beds, etc. However, a number of them, at least to our 21st century eyes, border on the ridiculous to the merely goofy. Perhaps this collection will awaken your creative muse in addition to simply amusing you.