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The Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition called Inventing a Better Mousetrap: Patent Models From the Rothschild Collection features thirty-two scale models of inventions submitted for patent in the late 1800s. The models are part of the Alan Rothschild collection, and reflect the exceptional craftsmanship of the time. Building a Better Mousetrap will run through November 3, 2013.

Sofa Bedstead image by americanartmuseum on flickr

Sofa Bedstead

Sofa Bedstead, 1877
Abraham Morris (Inventor)
mixed media 8 x 13 x 6 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Alan and Ann Rothschild
2011.37.10

Fence Fabricating Machine image by americanartmuseum on flickr

Fence Fabricating Machine

Fence Fabricating Machine, 1888
Conrad F. Bartling (Inventor)
mixed media 12 x 17 x 7 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Alan and Ann Rothschild
2011.37.9

Paper Bag Machine by americanartmuseum on flickr

Paper Bag Machine

Paper Bag Making Machine, 1881
Edgar Stocking (Inventor)
mixed media 9 x 17 x 9 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Alan and Ann Rothschild
2011.37.13

Mousetrap image by americanartmuseum on flickr

Mousetrap (1 of 2)

Mousetrap, 1870
John O. Kopas (Inventor)
George W. Bauer (Inventor)
mixed media 10 x 8 1/2 x 9 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Alan and Ann Rothschild
2011.37.15

Loom for Weaving Bonnet Braid image by americanartmuseum on flickr

Loom for Weaving Bonnet Braid

Loom for Weaving Bonnet Braid, 1865
Jefford L. Weaver (Inventor)
mixed media 14 x 7 1/2 x 5 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Alan and Ann Rothschild
2011.37.22

Vegetable Slicer image by americanartmuseum on flickr

Vegetable Slicer

Vegetable Slicer, 1879
Anthony Iske (Inventor)
mixed media 11 x 10 x 10 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Alan and Ann Rothschild
2011.37.19

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