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1856 Article Machine Wooden Ware Trays Bowls Isaac B. Hartwell Invention YSA2

1856 Article Machine Wooden Ware Trays Bowls Isaac B. Hartwell Invention 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 a machine for the rapid production of wooden trays, bowls, and articles of various kinds. This machine is the invention of Isaac B. Hartwell of Woodstock, Vermont.


This 158+ year old Item is rated Very Fine ++. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. No tears. No water damage. 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.