1. Lincoln Timeline

Facsimile of Abraham Lincoln's patent model to buoy vessels over shoals

Creator:
unknown
Location:
unknown place made
Origin Date:
Unknown
Materials:
cloth, metal, wood
Measurements:
overall: 7 in x 22 in x 4 in
Item ID:
71.2009.082.0703
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Three-dimensional Objects

Description

Facsimile of Abraham Lincoln's patent model #6469 is made from wood and features a set of black bellows or horizontal floats attached to the hull of a long, narrow riverboat. The boat has curved edges; a low, flat roof supported by rods; and is attached to a rectangular base. A system of pulleys is attached to the rods and bellows. Lincoln's plan was to fill the bellows with air upon hitting shallow water to lift the vessel higher. Lincoln received his patent on May 22, 1849, and is the only U.S. president to have a patent. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum