Civil War-Era Patent Model of Backrest for Invalids

Patent model of a head backrest for invalids by W.F. Brown, with tags. Backrest approx. 7.5 x 4.5 in., with a depth of 8.5 in. when fully extended. Patent applied for on March 26, 1862 and approved by the US Patent Office on August 11, 1863. Original tag inscription reads, in part, "W.F. Brown, Invalid Backrest."


One of the screws attaching the "cushion" part of the rest to the wooden frame is completely loose, two others appear to be missing. Model is still functional, however.

Estimate: $600 - $800
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