Patent Model - Washing-Machine

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Benjamin Morrell, Patentee
Production date
Jun 15 1858
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Wood, iron
9 x 10 1/2" (22.9 x 26.7cm)
Morrell's patent "consists simply in the combination with a detachable metallic socket and vertical metallic spindle of an adjusting screw collar which is fitted to slide up and down over the spindle. By this arrangement the rubbing board can be adjusted, or raised or lowered more or less, so as to suit the quantity and quality or texture of the clothes to be washed, and thus either the direct action of the rubber upon the clothes or simply the motion given to the water by the circular vibration of said rubber can be employed for removing the dirt from the clothes." (Patent Number 20,574)
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