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Samuel Almy
(Abt 1812-1856)
Mary Winsor Comstock
William Comstock Almy


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William Comstock Almy
  • Born: 1 Aug 1836, Providence RI
  • Died: 23 Nov 1915, Providence RI

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  • He appeared on the 1870 census taken at Providence RI, listed as a jeweler.

  • He was issued patent number 126, 368 on 7 May 1872



    Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 126, 368, dated May 7, 1872.

    To all whom it may concern:
    Be it known that I, William C. Almy, of the city and county of Providence and State of Rhode Island, have invented a new article of manufacture, which I term a Combined Sleeve-Button and Locket; and I do hereby declare that the following specification, taken in connection with the drawing making a part of the same, is a full, clear, and exact description thereof.
    My improvement consists in such a construction of a sleeve-button that one of its faces shall constitute a locket.
    In the drawing, Figure 1 is a view of the article with the locket closed. Fig. 2 represents an end view of the same with the locket open; and Fig. 3 is a front view of the interior of the locket.
    A represents one of the faces of a sleeve-button, and a the bar which connects it to its fellow face. B corresponds with what in common sleeve-buttons is the outside face; but in this instance it is the lid of a locket, and is hinged at b to the box-shaped portion C, which is furnished with a glass, or otherwise constituted to receive a miniature or any other article desired to be placed therein. The plate B is also in this instance represented as countersunk to receive a miniature, but the form of the locket is immaterial. Tt may be of any preferred shape or variety of pattern.
    What I claim as my invention, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, isó
    A sleeve-button and hinged locket combined, as a new article of manufacture, substantially as described.
    Wm. C. Almy

    Peter F. Hughes
    Edwin G. Pierce
  • He appeared on the 1880 census taken at Providence RI, listed as a jeweler.

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