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Dague road scrapper and leveller model

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Dague road scrapper and leveller model
Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Richard Strauss, Negative #: 2003-19272


This object appears in the following sections:

Americans Adopt the Auto:
Americans Adopt the Auto — Better Roads

Dague road scrapper and leveller model
Dague road scrapper and leveller model

Road scraper

Western Wheeled Road Scraper

The Gospel of Good Roads: A Letter to the American Farmer

Washington to Richmond road

Weber Wheeled Road Scraper

Dague Road Scraper and Leveller
Catalog #: 321,175, Accession #: 243,133
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
This scraper was manufactured by Dague's Grader Company, Danville, Illinois, and patented on the 30th Dec 1879, E. D. Dague, patentee. This model is actually a demonstration model, presumably used as a selling tool. Company advertising claimed that “Dague's Celebrated Road Scraper and Leveller ...will do more work than FOUR ordinary Dump Scrapers, and will Leave the Surface Level, and only requires the services of One Man and one pair of horse to operate it with ease.” (italics and caps in the original ad)
Physical Description
artifact. 11” x 12” x 4” H ; In carrying case, 12” x 14” x 5” high. Model of brass and walnut. Two horse type. Four wheel suspension, rear two swivel. Articulation of the suspension controls height and verticle angle of the blade; a hand lever controlling action of each side independently. Plow seat for operator. Horizontal blade angle fixed.
Date Made:
place of manufacture
Gift of England D. Dague
As the good roads movement gathered strength in the late 19th century, a host innovations and inventions, using horses, were patented to help maintain the surfaces of the nation's roadways.
Related People, Places, and Events
E. D. Dague
Inventor and Manufacturer

Patent Holder
E. D. Dague
Dague's company was located in Danville, Illinois

England D. Dague
Grandson of the patentee, England Dague of Decatur Illinois donated this object to the museum in 1962

place of invention and manufacture
Danville, Illinois

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