Patent Model - Improvement in Spittoon-Tongs

Maker and role
Abraham Seipt, Patentee
Production date
Jun 20 1871
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18 1/4 x 22 1/4 x 2" (46.4 x 56.5 x 5.1cm)
Seipt's patent "consists in the construction of a pair of spring-tongs, having their legs terminating in wide, flat, bent-up hooks... which hooks, being pressed together, can be inserted in to the mouth of the spittoon, and, then, being allowed to spring apart, will catch under the edges of the opening and enable the operator to raise the vessel and carry it from place to place by means of the tongs, which become, as it were, a convenient handle to the spittoon for the time being." (Patent Number 116,226)
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