An Explanation of, an Instructions for Attaching Williams's Patent Safe-Guard Splinter Bar To Gigs.
Promotional letterpress broadside on watermarked laid paper; explanation to a diagram (missing), probably issued in a pamphlet. Sheet c.365 x 225mm. 14¼ x 9". Staining; tatty and chipped extremities.
Manufacturer's remarks concerning a bar for attaching horses to a carriage. "Mr. W.'s invention consists chiefly in the addition of a rolling splinter-bar, affixed to the usual or main splinter-bar, in such a way as will suffer it to turn on its axis when needful, and also in the means of fastening the traces to the said rolling-bar.—The method of disengaging the horses is very simple : a person in the carriage has need only, by means ofa cord, to pull back a bolt, when a lever immediately rises; in consequence of the action on the traces, the studs by which the traces are fastened to the rolling splinter-bar change their position, and the traces are instantly set at liberty. The patentee extends his invention to all kinds of carriages. Those that have shafts are to have a socket fixed to the end of each; and those which have shafts, or a-pole, which, from its construction, would fall ro the ground as soon as the horse or horses are disengaged, are to have a piece of iron with a broad bottom, or a wheel affixecd to each Shaft, or the pole, to prevent the motion being checked to suddenly by the fall.—Mr. W.. does not claim the method of disengaging the harness from the ends of the pole or shafts, as part of his invention. He observes, that the operation of disengageing the horse or horses is performed with as much facility it the pulling of a check-string; and not withstanding the simplicity of the process, it will be found that the horses are as securely attached to the carriage as upon the common construction.—The exclusive right of manufacturing these safeguard splinter-bars has been assigned to Andrew Leith and Co. of Shoe Lane, Flcct Street." extract William Cobbett's Politcal Register Vol. II. July to December 'List of Patent's Registered 1802'.
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