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Ball drag scraper patent model

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Ball drag scraper patent model
Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Richard Strauss, Negative #: 2003-19276


This object appears in the following sections:

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

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

Western Wheeled Road Scraper

Horse drawn drag scraper
Catalog #: 319,432, Accession #: 237,906
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
This patent model led to Pat. #221,273.The scraper was patented on the 4th of November 1879. Patent holder Hiram W. Ball resided in Columbus Ohio. His invention incorporated a catch which when freed allowed the scoop to and dump as a separate unit without having to raise the handle.
Physical Description
artifact. model. 10" L x 4 1/2" W x 1 1/2" H; Scale: approx. 1 1/2" = 1'; Horse drawn scoop for grading and excavation; Model has brass scoop, wooden handle frame and iron draw bar.
Date Made:
transfer from Patent Office
As the good roads movement gathered strength in the last part of the 19th century, a host of patent applications were recieved for machines that, using horses, helped maintain the surfaces of the nation's roadways.
Related People, Places, and Events
Hiram W. Ball

Patent Holder
Hiram W. Ball

Home of inventor
Columbus, Ohio

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