Truss Belt Clarkson and Nicholls Original Patent Lithograph 1888

Truss Belt Clarkson and Nicholls Original Patent Lithograph 1888

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On this original linen-backed lithograph from 1888, W. Clarkson, and W. C. Nicholls patented a supportive device made to prevent enlargement of hernia. The pad carriers, which may be of spring metal, are attached adjustably to a spring piece carrying an abdominal supporting plate and fastened on each side to the truss belt. The adjustable attachment may consist of a screw pin on the spring piece capable of moving in a slot in the pad carrier; or the pad carrier may have a series of perforations, through either of which the screw pin may pass; or a slot may be formed in the spring piece, through which passes the pin carrying the pad. The belt is rendered flexible by the introduction of one or more sections of india-rubber, elastic webbing, or coiled wire springs, and is narrowed at where it passes over the hip bones. It is attached to the spring piece by means of studs and may be adjusted in size by means of a buckle.

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These documents are NOT reproductions or posters (patent art).

These are the original lithographs found in books obtained from the Patent and Trademark Office directly.


In the 1800's and early 1900's, inventors would submit a detailed drawing of the invention and/or improvements to the patent and trademark office. Once received and if approved, the Patent office would then send a letter of confirmation to the inventor and begin to take that drawing and etch it into stone in order to create and print this linen-backed lithograph. These documents are the original hard copies that were created by the patent office's artists, and act as patent examiner reference material. With that being said, these are 100% original and are the only physical copies in existence.

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