Allen's Education Table

Object Number: 
Z.1312
Date: 
1849-1851
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7/8 x 13 5/8 x 4 in. ( 2.2 x 34.6 x 10.2 cm )
Description: 
Spelling tool consisting of rectangular wooden board with 27 vertical grooves for storing blocks with raised letters and symbols (painted black) opening into horizontal groove for moving blocks, and 2 horizontal grooves at bottom for spelling words; incomplete assortment of letters, an ampersand and a hyphen.
Gallery Label: 
In 1849, a U.S. patent (6407) was issued to Edwin Allen for the inventionof his "Education Table." By moving the blocks with letters or numbers through the grooves, the user of this device could spell words or solve mathmatical problems. Though the popularity of Allen's invention was shortlived, other educational inventions of this period, like cast iron school desks with swivel seats, had long lasting effects.
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Creative: Tronvig Group