Magic Caster, Patent Model and Label
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White metal, brass, paper
patented December 1, 1857
Model: 16 1/4 x 9 x 9 in. (41.3 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm); Label: 3 1/8" x 2 3/4" (show scale)
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Edward Gleason. Magic Caster, Patent Model and Label, patented December 1, 1857. White metal, brass, paper, Model: 16 1/4 x 9 x 9 in. (41.3 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm); Label: 3 1/8" x 2 3/4". Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by the Long Island Chapter of the Victorian Society of America, 1992.207a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1992.207a-b.jpg)
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