The annexed engraving is a perspective view of an improved mop handle, invented by Timothy Randletts, oi Shakers Village, North Enfield, N. H., who has taken measures to secure a patent for it. A is the Wooden shank; on this shank is fitted the metal socket of jaws, B B. There is a groove in the edge of these jaws. D D is a sliding cross clasp fitted into the sleeve, E, which surrounds shank A; this clasp fits into th* groove in the jaws, B B, and retains the mot) firmly, when the sliding nut, G, is in its proper place for that purpose. This is not a screw nut; the notches; F,are merely for the purpose ol enabling it to be turned round easily with the thumb and finger. There is a slit or groove shown in the nut, G, and a number of indentations on its outer edge. The slit is for the purpose of allowing said nut to be slid up on the projection, G, on the socket of B B,so as to push up the clasp, D, and allow the mop to be taken out. When it is put in again between the clasp and B B, the nut, G, is turned so as to bring the slit, as shown, past the projecting edge, C. and thus prevent the mop from coming out whilst being used. The indents on the edge of G G, enables the clasp to retain mops of "various degrees of thickness between the jaws of B Band the said clasp. This is the most handy, and convenient mop handle that has ever been pie-sented. to our notice and it deserves to come into universal use. More information may be obtained by letter addressed to Jason Kidders, North Enfield, N.H.
This article was originally published with the title "Improved Mop Handle" in Scientific American 8, 36, 288 (May 1853)