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Urre STATES ATENT arrest JOHN H. STEVENS, OF NEW YORK, N. Y.
IMPROVEMENT IN THE MANUFACTURE OF FRICTION MATCHES FOR PRESERVING THEM FROM ACCIDENTAL IGNITION.
Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 1,4l'2, dated November 16, 1839.
To all. whom it may concern Be it known that I, JOHN HUCKS STEVENS, of the city, county, and State of New York, have discovered a new and useful Improvement in the Manufacture of Matches and of other Instantaneous Lights, of which the following is a specification.
The nature of which consists in the covering or coating over such part or parts as shall have A been dipped into or shall have had otherwise applied composition of matter or matters used compounds ofm atter used for the like purposes of ignition; and it also tends to theprevention of the match or light being affected by age, or by dampness or moisture, and hence materially adds-to the durability of matches or other lights in manner so prepared and coated over. What 1 use in general is a solution of gummastic made with spirits of turpentine, or of an alcoholic solution of gum-copal or of gummastic; but otherglutinous gums, resins, tenacious matter, or compounds may be used, as also turpentine, alcoholic or other solution of gums, resins, glutinous substances, or other matter or compound producing the like results.
What I claim as my improvement in the manufacture of friction-matches, &c., is-- The mode of manufacturing them so as to preserve them from accidental ignition by means of a coating of varnish, as herein set forth.
. JOHN HUOKS STEVENS. Witnesses:
W. JAY HASKETT, JOHN M. COOPER.