Patent Model - Improvement in Fire-Escapes

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Catherine Mott (b.1836, d.1880), Patentee
Production date
Apr 09 1878
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Wood, brass
9 1/8 x 6 x 1 3/16" (23.2 x 15.2 x 3cm)
Mott states in her patent application, “The object of this invention is to produce a stationary fire-escape, which is inclosed, so as to protect the persons descending within it against the danger of falling off the ladders, and also to afford room for the simultaneous use of the fire-escape by different persons.” Mott wanted to protect women and children from falling because she felt they were more likely to get excited or scared and let go of the railing and fall to the pavement below. (Patent Number 202,115)
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