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We can help you sell Antique Patent Models and Salesman Samples!!
As one of the countries leading dealers in patented and mechanical antiques we are always interested in patent models, antique salesman samples, and other detailed models related to those categories of antiques that we specialize in.
I can help you sell antique & vintage patent models
or salesman samples of many different products on consignment from my antique sales website
The idea for the requirement of a model of a given invention or idea was
first authorized by the US Government in 1790. These small models of the inventor's idea
came to be known as a Patent Model. The process changed over
the next few years, and then evolved in approximately 1836 to the point where
every idea or invention that was to be patented had to have an accompanying model that was to be
no larger than 12" x 12" square.
The underbidders of this first sale were buyers from Japan whose intention was to scrap them for their value as weight.
Luckily for the American collectors this did not happen. Over the
next few years the remaining patent models changed hands several more times after attempts
to form museums or to sell them failed for one reason or another.
They were moved a couple of times and batches of them sold a couple
more times. Small batches were always coming onto the market
for sale as each new owner tried his hand at properly promoting them.
At different times they were sold from kiosks on street corners or in
department stores in New York. They were also offered through
catalog sales in the 70's. In the early 90's there were a couple of auctions in New York at Christies.
is a Water Motor patent model from 1881. The idea behind this device was that a standard
water motor could be
improved on by adding a provision for injecting an auxiliary jet of steam
or other gaseous material to the mix to increase the efficiency of the
motor. It was good enough an idea to
get Mr. Atwell a patent, but it seems that the ideas for different designs
of water motors put forth by names
as Pelton, Dodd, and others were better received in the marketplace
as I have seen examples of those water motors numerous times, but never a device quite
like this one.
If you would like to see examples of past sales results for antiques like this CLICK HERE or any of the Past Sales archive links on the right.
The examples shown are of the caliber, condition and quality of patent models or salesman samples that we are interested in and can help you sell. To see past sales results for Patent Models / Salesman Samples click the appropriate link to the right.
If you have quality antique or vintage Patent Models or salesman samples similar to those that you see on this page that you want to sell, please contact us at LCM@AntiqBuyer.com providing as many details as possible.
To see many other examples of antiques that I currently have for sale please go to our sister site at www.Patented-Antiques.com and visit the sale pages you will find there.