Patent Model - Improved Head-Pad for Horses

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Daniel Humphrey, Patentee
Production date
May 16 1869
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Leather, fabric
1 1/2 x 9 x 3" (3.8 x 22.9 x 7.6cm)
Humphrey's patent states that "It is a well-known fact to those engaged in the transportation of horses by rail, that the animals are frequently injured, and sometimes seriously so, from concussion of the brain produced by the contact of the head with the top of cars." His objective "is the construction of a pad that can be readily attached to the halter, or bridle on top of the horse's head, and which will so deaden and soften the concussion, as to prevent injury..." (Patent Number 87,938)
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