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James Mears Van Slyke
  • Born: 20 Oct 1865, Madison WI
  • Died: 1948, Chicago IL

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  • He was issued design patent number 21,717 on 19 Jul 1892


    SPECIFICATION forming part of Design No. 21,717, dated July 19, 1892.
    Application filed April 2, 1892, Serial No. 427,546, Term of patent 7 years.

    To all whom it may concern:
    Be it known that I, JAMES MEARS VAN SLYKE, residing at Madison, in the county of Dane and State of Wisconsin, have invented and produced a new and original Design for Spoons, of which the following is a specification.
    Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawing, forming a part of this specification, in which the figure represents a face view of a spoon having my new design embodied inthe handle thereof.
    The design embraces features commemorative of the eagle "Old Abe," which accompanied a Wisconsin regiment through the war of the rebellion.
    The design consists in the ornamentation of the handle of a spoon, the essential feature of which is the figure of an eagle,
    The letter a indicates the figure of the eagle, the same being the termination or a continuation of the handle, and represented as perched on a transversely-disposed, block b, the latter appearing as if supported on the end of the handle, which is in the form of a trunk of a tree c. A chain d is represented as securing the eagle to the tree c. On one side of the handle, near the top, appears below the block b a second trunk or growth c'.
    At the base of the handle appears a foliate scroll e.
    In the merchantable article any suitable explanatory inscription may appear on the spoon—such, for instance, as the figures "1861-65" and the words "Old Abe" and "Wisconsin."
    I claim—
    The design for a spoon herein shown and described.

    James Mears Van Slyke

    John J. Reinking
    N. B. Van Slyke

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