Patent Model - Improved Crib-Attachment for Bedsteads

Maker and role
Harriet Tracy (b.1834, d.1918), Patentee
Production date
Feb 25 1868
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7 x 12 x 8" (17.8 x 30.5 x 20.3cm)
Harriet Tracy's patent "has for its object to furnish an improved bedstead and crib, so constructed and arranged that when the crib is not in use, and is pushed into its place in the bedstead, the said bedstead and crib shall present a neat and uniform appearance, giving no indication of the presence of the crib-attachment; and it consists in cutting away the side or end-boards of the bedstead; in the combination of guide-bars with the bedstead; in the combination of a crib, cribs, truckle-bed or trundle-bed with the cut portion and guide-bars of the bedstead..." (Patent Number 74,865)

Tracy was a successful and prolific inventor with at least 26 patents in her name. She displayed one of her sewing machine patents at the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition.
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