Guide to the British Patents Collection, 1841-1853
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Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: British Patents Collection
Physical Description: 1.56
Language of Materials:
Abstract: The collection consists of documents
related to the process of acquiring patents in the United Kingdom in 19th century. Items
include a patent specification written by Alfred Vincent Newton in 1853 for an “Improved
Sewing Machine,” and a copy of a patent issued to Oliver Louis Reynolds in 1840 for a
“Certain Improvement on Machinery for Producing Stocking Fabric or Framework
This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Jessica Geiser, 2014
Conditions Governing Use:
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s)
of this collection has not been transferred to California State University,
Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or
reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond
that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.
Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of
the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Conditions Governing Access:
The collection is open for research use.
For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style
manual, or see the
Citing Archival Materials
Scope and Contents
British Patents Collection consists of documents
related to the process of acquiring patents in the United Kingdom in 19
th century. In order to acquire a patent in the United Kingdom,
the inventor first must put a detailed description of their invention into the public
domain through what is called a patent specification. The inventor is then granted a
patent by the government providing them the right to prevent others from exploiting
their invention for a limited period of time.
Items in the collection include a patent specification written by Alfred Vincent Newton
in 1853 for an “Improved Sewing Machine,” and a copy of a patent issued to Oliver Louis
Reynolds in 1840 for a “Certain Improvement on Machinery for Producing Stocking Fabric
or Framework Knitting.”
Box 1, Item 1
Patent Specification Written by Alfred Vincent Newton for an
"Improved Sewing Machine,"
1853 July 18
Box 1, Item 2
Copy of Patent Granted to Oliver Louis Reynolds on November 4th, 1840 for
a "Certain Improvement on Machinery for Producing Stocking Fabric or
1841 January 4