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19th CENTURY CAST IRON NAME PLATE "D.B. AKARD" 1897 FROM VIRGINIA CITY NEVADA

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Seller: labbondanza (407) 100%, Location: Glen Ellen, California, Ships to: US, Item: 322092153427 THIS ITEM WAS DUG IN VIRGINIA CITY, NEVADA ALMOST 30 YEARS AGO IN THE VICINITY OF B & UNION STREETS. IT IS A NAME PLATE THAT WAS PART OF AN AUTOMATIC DOOR OPENER/CLOSER MECHANISM. THE PLATE READS " D.B. AKARD PAT SEPT 21 1897". THIS DEVICE WAS INVENTED BY DOLVAN B. AKARD. THE DEVICE COULD MANUALLY OPEN OR CLOSE A WALK THROUGH DOOR FROM A REMOTE LOCATION INSIDE THE HOME, BY THE USE OF CONTROL LINKAGE AND A CONTROL LEVER. THIS NAME PLATE WAS MOUNTED AT THE CONTROL LEVER LOCATION (SEE PHOTO FOR DIAGRAM). IT IS IN REMARKABLY GOOD CONDITION FOR THE AGE. I IMAGINE THAT HOMES WHICH HAD THESE DEVICES INSTALLED MUST HAVE BEEN HIGH END WHICH WOULD FIT FOR VIRGINIA CITY. A NEAT PIECE OF COMSTOCK HISTORY. Condition: AS FOUND WHEN UNEARTHED 3 DECADES AGO., Material: Cast Iron

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