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US Patent: 6,343
Mortising-machine
Mortiser for window-blind stiles
Patentee:
Hezekiah B. Smith - Manchester, NH

USPTO Classifications:
144/67

Tool Categories:
woodworking machines : joint making machines : mortising machines
woodworking machines : specialty machines : windowblind machines
woodworking machines : wood drilling and boring : mortising machines

Assignees:
None

Manufacturer:
H. B. Smith - Lowell, MA

Witnesses:
F. Gould
R. H. Eddy

Patent Dates:
Granted: Apr. 17, 1849

Patent Pictures: [ 1 | 2 ]
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"Vintage Machinery" entry for H. B. Smith Machine Co.
Description:
This was the first patent granted to Hezekiah Bradley Smith, who later founded H. B. Smith Machine Co., which became one of the most important 19th century machinery makers. H. B. Smith was notable for being one of the first to make all-iron machines—others were making machine frames from wood, which is not nearly as stable and rigid.

The image of the ad for this "Blind Machine" appeared in "Smithville—The Result of Enterprise". The provenance of the ad is not given, but it is noted that after Smith was granted the patent, "He soon moved to Boston to market his new invention." The machine manufacture was subcontracted to various foundries and machine shops, but he opened his first machine shop in 1851 in Lowell, MA, and he commenced manufacture of his own designs.

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