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They Invented What? (No. 234)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on October 23, 2013

U.S. Patent No. 420,995: Beheading block and ax.

JW Note:  Hat tip and thanks again to the Creepy IP Series at the United States Patent and Trademark Office for bringing this one to our attention.

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Having described my invention, what I claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, Is-

1. In an executioners headblock, the combination, with the body of the block, of a neck-rest provided with an opening closed by flexible strips, substantially as described.

2. In an executioners head-block, the combination, with the hollow body thereof provided with a front opening next its base, of a neck-rest the top of which is formed by flexible strips opposing each other at their free ends, substantially as described.

3. In an executioners head-block, the body or front thereof provided with an opening next its space enclosed on its rear end with flexible sheets, in combination with a neckrest rising above said block and having its upper face formed by opposing flexible strips, substantially as described.

4. In an executioners head-block, the hollow block provided with an opening in its front face next its base and upon its rear end, flexible strips forming a neck-rest, a suspended dummy head within said block, and a cord h, connected with said head and the neck-rest, substantially as described, whereby when the neck-rest is depressed the dummy head will be released and fall before the opening in the block, as set forth.

5. In an executioners head-block, the combination, with the body of the block, of a neck-rest composed of parallel uprights and opposing flexible strips secured at their upper ends and bridging the space between them, of a headsmans ax the blade of which is bifurcated and flexibly covered, substantially as described, whereby when brought down upon the neck-rest the forks of said blade will strike upon the posts thereof and the flexible covering bridge the space between said posts and have a yielding contact with the object to be beheaded, substantially as described.

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  1. Bernd said, on October 27, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Sehr markaber. Aber in den USA hat man sicherlich zumindest vor 100 Jahren eine andere Sichtweise gehabt. Auch die Hinrichtung per Giutine (in Frankreich eingeführt) oder durch den elekrtischen Stuhl (überwiegend den USA) galt sicherlich mal als innovativ und fortschrittlich.


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