Peter M. Rice, William T. Petrie,



The Inventor's Oath Accompanying His Application

State of Ohio, County of Erie,


On this tenth day of July, 1882, before me, the subscriber, a notary public, appeared the within-named Joel Rice, and made solemn oath (or affirmation) that he verily believes himself to be the original and first inventor of the mode herein described for creating and applying superheated steam as a propelling power to ordinary steam-engines, and the propulsion of all kinds of machinery; and that he does not know or believe the same was ever before known or used; and that he is a citizen of the United States.



Petition For A Patent With Power Of Attorney

To the Commissioner of Patents:

Your petitioner, a resident of the city of Raleigh, in the State of North Carolina, requests that letters-patent may be granted to him for the invention set forth in the annexed specification; and he hereby appoints Charles S. Dixon, of the city of Charleston, in the State of South Carolina, his attorney,with full power of substitution and revocation, to prosecute this application, to make alterations and amendments therein, to receive the patent and to transact all business in the patent-office connected therewith.

Signed at Charleston, in the State of South Carolina, this seventeenth day of October, 1882. ELLIOTT WELLS.

Petition For A Patent For A Design

To the Commissioner of Patents :

Your petitioner, residing in Noel county, South Carolina, requests that letters-patent may be granted to him for the term of seven years for the new and original design set form in the annexed specification. GEORGE S. STEELE.

Here follow the specifications of the design (for emblems of civic or military societies, carpets, home ornaments, etc.), carefully described in detail, and ending: "What I claim as my invention, and desire to secure by letters-patent, is the design or pattern for (naming the article) herein set forth."

Petition For The Registration Of A Trade-Mark

To the Commissioner of Patents:

Your petitioners respectfully represent that the firm of Lancaster, Berkshire & Kent is engaged in the packing of pork, for European markets, at the city of St. Louis, in the county of St. Louis, and the State of Missouri, and at the city of Cincinnati, in the county of Hamilton, and State of Ohio, and that the said firm is entitled to the exclusive use, upon the packages of the goods that they sell, of the trade-mark described in the annexed statement or specification, as shown more clearly in the accompanying specimen of said trademark. They therefore request that they may be permitted to obtain protection for such trade-mark under the law in such cases made and provided. LANCASTER, BERKSHIRE & KENT,

By J. B. Lancaster.

Transfer Of A Trade-Mark

We, J. B. Lancaster, Robert Berkshire and L. W. Kent, of the city and county of St. Louis, in the State of Missouri, and the city of Cincinnati, county of Hamilton, and State of Onio, partners, under the firm-name of Lancaster, Berkshire & Kent, in consideration of Six Hundred Dollars to us paid by Roswell Jones, of the city and county of St. Louis, in the State of Missouri, do hereby sell, assign and transfer to the said Roswell Jones and his assigns the exclusive right to use, in the business of packing pork for exportation, a certain trade-mark for packages of pork, deposited by us in the United States patent-office, and recorded therein January 15, 1883; the same to be held, enjoyed and used by the said Roswell Jones as fully and entirely as the same would have been held and enjoyed by us if this grant had not been made.

Witness our hands this fifteenth day of January, 1883.



Petition For A Caveat

To the Commissioner of Patents:

The petition of Michael Harris, of the town of Ralston, county of Vesper, and State of Virginia, respectfully represents:

That he has made certain improvements in the sawing of lumber with upright and circular saws, and that he is now engaged in testing the same, preparatory to applying for letters-patent therefor. He therefore requests that the subjoined description of his invention may be filed as a caveat in the confidential archives of the patent-office. MICHAEL HARRIS.

[Here follows the specification, in which the invention is clearly and fully explained.]

License To Use A Patent By Paying A Royalty Thereon

This Agreement, made this sixteenth day of January, A. D. 1881, between John L. Palmer, of Knoxville, in the county of Knox, and State of Tennessee, party of the first part, and Jerome I. Case, of the city of Racine, in the county of Racine, and State of Wisconsin, party of the second part:

Witnesseth, That whereas letters-patent of the United States for an improvement in the grain-separators of thrashing-machines were granted to the said party of the first part, November 6, A. D. 1879; and whereas the party of the second part is desirous of making thrashing-machines containing said patented improvement: Now, therefore, the parties hereto have agreed as follows:

1. The party of the first part hereby licenses and empowers the party of the second part to manufacture, subject to the conditions hereinafter named, at his factory in Racine, in the State of Wisconsin, and in no other place or places, to the end of the term for which said letters-patent were granted, grain-separators for thrashing-machines containing said patented improvements, and to sell the same within the United States.

2. The party of the second part agrees to make full and true returns to the party of the first part, under oath, upon the first days, respectively, of January and July in each year, of all grain-separators containing said patented improvements manufactured by him.