Brooks' Patent writing case, ca. 1864

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Brooks' Patent writing case, ca. 1864

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Brooks' Patent writing case came in three styles: Writing, Work and Toilet Case, Writing and Work Case, and finally the Writing Case. This version of the case is a rolled leather case with cotton fabric lining; includes glass ink well, a metal paper clip stored in a metal case, a metal tool stored in a leather pouch, paper directions and a metal letter opener.

Inside the case is a label which reads:
"Directions. To remove and curl from the Blotting Pad, roll it in an opposite direction.
Brooks' Patent Military and Travelling Writing, Work and Toilet Case, weighing but 10 ounces.
Patented January 5, 1864.

"It contains a Tray with Inkstand, Envelopes, Pens, Holder, &c.; also a Folio with two Pockets, Blotting Pad to write upon, Checker Board, Lead Pencil, Paper, Scissors, Thimble, Buttons, Polisher, white and black Thread, Silk, Yarn, Pins, various sizes of Needles, Comb, Tooth Brush, Tooth Pick, Court Plaster, &c.

"The Writing case is distinct from the work case, and no article will fall out when the latter is unrolled. It can be useful on horseback. When rolled up it is only 1 3/4 inches in diameter, and is easily carried in the Coat Pocket.-Rain or dampness does not effect it.

"One of our Generals remarked that this case would be carried on the march, when the Knapsack would be left behind.
Many soldiers who have carried them through a campaign, would not part with them for many times their cost.
It is heartily commended by prominent officers of the Military and Naval Departments.
Brook's Writing and Work Case, (without toilet,) weighing 9 ounces. Brooks' Writing Case, (without work or toilet,) weighing 8 ounces."

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About This Item

  • Title: Brooks' Patent writing case, ca. 1864
  • Creator: Brooks' Patent Writing Cases
  • Creation Date: circa 1864
  • Subject Date: circa 1864
  • Location: Biddeford, York County, ME
  • Media: Leather, cotton, glass, metal
  • Dimensions: 22 cm x 32 cm x 3 cm
  • Local Code: 2006.25
  • Collection: Special Collections
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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