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Magic Caster, Patent Model and Label

Decorative Arts

In the United States, the government issues patents to protect the innovations of inventors and designers, reflecting the importance of new ideas and the objects that result from them. This is the actual model submitted to the Patent Office by Edward Gleason for a variant of the “magic caster.”
MANUFACTURER R. Gleason & Sons
MEDIUM White metal, brass, paper
DATES Patented December 1, 1857
DIMENSIONS 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)
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 1992.207a-b
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by the Long Island Chapter of the Victorian Society of America
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION 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
IMAGE overall, CUR.1992.207a-b.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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Magic Caster, Patent Model and Label