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1856 Article Antique Crane Derrick Victorian Invention Scientific American YSA2

1856 Article Antique Crane Derrick Victorian Invention Scientific American YSA2

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This is an original 1856 one-page black and white print article from Scientific American, with an in-text wood engraving illustration, describing an improved independent crane. This machine is the invention of B. J. Burnett of the Novelty Iron Works, New York City.


This 158+ year old Item is rated Very Fine. Light foxing and agingLight wrinkling. No water damage. There is a repaired tear in the bottom margin. Please note that the small white spots in the top and bottom margins 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 x 14.75 inches; 25 x 37 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.