Very early and all original Patent Model of William Younger's washing machine, one of the earliest washing machines patented. The patent number 5,353 was issued on November 6th, 1847. This unusual patent model comes with its original tag attached by the Patent Office in Washington. Many patent models lost their tags and models without the tag are impossible to date. This model also has the name W. Younger engraved on top to the machine. The unusual washing machine was built into a wheelbarrow to make it easy to move the washing machine from place to place. Some parts inside are missing; please read the condition report.
This patent model is mentioned in the book, Save Womens Lives: History of Washing Machines, by Lee M. Maxwell, ISBN 0972971009, 9780972971003. Maxwell's book has 127 pages and besides a comprehensive history of washing machines, contains over 200 color pictures of washing machines in his collection. Maxwell, a retired professor of Electrical Engineering, is the owner of the Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum in Eaton, CO.
Original Patent Office tag is complete but has two, about 1/2 long tears. Only one of the three rollers is present, it is roller B as shown in the patent papers. Other than roller B, the little wooden pieces inside the washing machine are missing. However, since the patent papers have an exact description of the parts and their functions, together with the drawings, it will be easy to make the missing parts and complete this very early model.
Inventory Number 09190; package 1 lb 4 onces, 12 by 9 by 9 inches.