Patent Model Exhibit


In 1790 the U.S. Patent office was created. From 1790 until 1880 inventors were required to submit a model of their inventions along with their application. America was the only country with this requirement. The models are a physical history of the innovations that shaped the world. Many are still in use or are the origin of products we use today. Besides the stories they tell, the models are compelling as an exhibit in that they are works of art. Many were made by professional model makers.

This outstanding collection, offered for exhibition, is comprised of 800 models and has taken 45 years to establish. It is exceptional for four reasons: it contains models by famous inventors, models by a significant number of women inventors, models that demonstrate the history of patents, and models that are rare.

Patent Model Video from Skinner Commercial Videography on Vimeo.

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