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1856 Wood Engraving Spiral Spring Bed Springs Mattress Victorian Invention YSA2

1856 Wood Engraving Spiral Spring Bed Springs Mattress Victorian Invention YSA2

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This is an original 1856 black and white in-text wood engraving (with accompanying descriptive text) of an improvement in spring beds. This device using spiral springs is the invention of Wendell Wright of New York City. They are manufactured by Lippincott & Co., 1180 Broadway, NYC.


This 158+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. No creases. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note: There is printing on the verso.

  • Product Type: Original In-Text Wood Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 4.5 x 5.5 inches; 11 x 14 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.