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Id'd Hathaway Patent Writing Kit: Henry Burr 35th Mass.
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Identified 35th Mass. Hathaway Patent Writing Kit

Very nice example of the larger size Hathaway patent writing kit. Twelve wood slats are secured on a rubberized cloth backing, which can be unrolled and the slats locked into a rigid writing surface by two pivoting slats that lock under brass brackets. The rubberized cloth extends beyond this slightly to wrap around and close a tin cylinder about 9 inches long and 1.5 inches in diameter, which is open along one side and divided into a small compartment to hold a patented inkwell and a larger (longer) compartment to hold pens, paper, envelopes, etc.
The Hathaway patent date of December 24, 1861 is stamped on one of the pivoting slats. The interior paper label was removed and the soldier wrote his name in ink in its place: Henry O. Burr.
Burr resided in Haverhill, Mass., when he enlisted at age 33 in Co. G, 35th Massachusetts Infantry, on 8/6/62 as a Corporal to serve three years. The regiment was assigned to the 9th Corps and saw action at South Mountain and Antietam, where Burr was severely wounded in the right arm, one of 214 officers and men who were casualties that day, including 69 killed and mortally wounded. He spent more than a year recuperating in hospitals in Washington and York, Pa. He was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps 2/11/64, apparently stationed in York, and promoted to sergeant in May. He was eventually discharged for wounds 7/27/65.
Burr received a pension for partial disability and died in 1886. His service and pension records are included. Although the kit was empty when found, an original matching Hathaway inkwell with its patented pewter top marked with its February 4, 1862, patent date, is included for display. The inkwell shows signs of an interior crack but it solid. The kit is excellent. One of the brass locking brackets that secures one of the pivoting slats is missing.
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