Patents of George Gorton

Some of these are by George Gorton II, some are by George Gorton III, but for a number of these patents, it isn't obvious which of the two is the inventor. I've made the 'top-level' images into .jpg files, which browsers can easily handle; the rest of the content (particularly the text of the claims) are in .tif file format. In order to be able to read these, you may need to get a plugin for your web browser.
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Apparatus for Producing Chilled Castings
This is of interest because it is assigned to Wm. S. Buffham, Thomas Dickinson, George Gorton, and Thomas Davis. William Buffham being George I's brother in law. I haven't been able to find any information about Dickinson or Davis. Given the date, 1880, George II would have been 15, which makes it a bit unlikely that he is the assignee. At that time, there was a company in Racine, The Seaman Chilled Plow Company which uses "Seaman's patent chilled wearing-parts for plows and cultivators". Ref of quote: History of Racine and Kenosha Counties, 1879

Basket Closure
This appears to be George II's earliest patent. At the time (1892) George II was employed by The Racine Basket Manufacturing Company

Bridle Bit
This patent is assigned to Frederick W. Bouce and George II. The reasons for this assignment are completely unknown.

This patent is witnessed by George II's brother Charles. At the time (1892) George II was employed by The Racine Basket Manufacturing Company

Flat Surface Grinding Machine
The first machine tool patent

Grinding Machine
This was assigned to Builders Iron Foundry, Providence, RI.

Machine for making Abrading Surfaces
This seems to be a machine to coat paper or cloth with abrasives, such as sanding belts or disks.

Abrading Surface

Abrading Sheet

Clearance Space Grinding Disk

Rotary Metal Cutting-Off device
The first of the cut-off patents. The cut-off machines were used with heavy stock; George's memoirs talk about them being used by American Locomotive to cut axle stock, by Allis-Chalmers of Milwaukee for general stock cutting, and by the Dominion Iron and Steel Company of Montreal cutting shell blanks for use by the Canadian and British armies during WW I. In all, Gorton Machine built cut-off machines of 3-inch, 6-inch and 13-inch capacity. Production of these ceased in the mid 1920's. (1924?)

Metal Cutting-Off device and the like
By George and Charles Carpenter

Metal cutting off device and the like
By George and Charles Carpenter. A re-issue of 1028846

Rotary Metal Cutting-Off device

Metal Cutting-Off device

Cutting-Off Saw and the like

Metal Cutting-Off machine
This is one of the more complex patents.

Cutting-Off machine

Rotary Cutting-Off saw and the like

Rotary Cutting-Off saw and the like

Means for removing chips from the cutters of Cutting-Off saws and the like

Inserted Cutter securing and adjusting device

Mold for Rotary Valves
This patent was assigned/sold away, and was intended for use "In water-cooled valves for multi-cylinder explosive engines". Interesting that internal combustion engines were called "explosive" at the time. There were a couple of digressions by the company into other fields - George was hired by the J.I. Case company to build two of their entries into the 1911 Indianapolis 500, as well as a pair of prototype radial air-cooled engines.

Cutting-Off saw

Adjustable and convertible gate
Another digression from machine tools was the Gorton Gate and Fence Company which seems to have been a partnership with J. Tausch. Tausch is listed as the inventor, but assigns half interest to George. George's memoirs seem to indicate that he was directly involved with the design of many of their products.

Gate Latch

Gate Hinge

Metal working Lathe and the like

Rotary Metal Cutting-Off device

Means for increasing cutter efficiency
This seems to be a way to cool & lubricate cutoff tools with oil

Gate operating and locking means

Stock clamping mechanism for cutting off and other machines

Cutting off machine and the like

Stock feeding device for cutting off machines

Metal working machine
This is a 'Fuse Router', a joint invention with George Gustafson. It seems that the fuse heads in WW I era artillery shells would use a powder train as a timing device. Unless the powder groove is cut in a very precise fashion, the fuse will either explode too early or too late. The consequence is that it is dangerous to friendly troops, or ineffective vs. the enemy. Gorton Machine was enjoined to build fuse routers because of it's experience building precision engraving machines. By the end of WW I, Gorton Machine had built more than 1,000 No. 8-C Fuse Routers.

Fence machine
This enormously complicated looking beast seems to be a weaving machine. Instead of weaving cloth, this uses wire to make cyclone-style fences. George's memoirs indicate he sold the rights to this patent a number of years later to the Cyclone Fence company.

Chair for machine operators
This was signed in Cement, Oklahoma - George and the family spent a great deal of time there in the early 1920's. George had, over a number of years, acquired a number of shares of oil stock (Oklahoma Star Oil Company) and spent time there trying to make a living in the oil business.

Engraving and other machine
A joint invention by George II and George III

Engraving machine and the like

Routing, Milling and other machine tool

Engraving and other machine
Another George II and George III collaboration.

Cutter head assembly for routing and other machine tools

Grinding machine and the like
Current cutter-grinders still look a lot the same.

Sliding barrel rotary cutter spindle cutter head

Engraving machine and the like

Engraving machine cutter
Complete with specialty wrench.

Routing and the like machine

Engraving Machine
A joint invention with Peter M. Henkes

Machine Tool
A sort of swivel head. I recall seeing this kind of head (I think) on various cutter grinders.

Worktable for Machine Tools

Swingable support for engraving machine cutter heads

Machine Tool
This duplicator is definitely a George III invention, with co-inventors Peter Henkes and George Horner.

Brake for rotary spindle machine tools and the like

Machine tool of the duplicator type

Engraving machine
A co-invention between George (which one isn't clear), Peter Henkes, and Fred Steinbrecker.

Engraving and related machines
By George and Peter Henkes

Antibacklash mechanism for rotary cutter spindles of machine tools

Machine tool of the sensitive table type
By George III. I don't understand what a 'sensitive table type' is. This seems to be a way to obtain higher precision by reorganizing the location and axis of the cutters. Clarification would be nice.

Machine Tool
The invention here seems to be related to the ways on a movable ram head and locking them.

Indexing or positioning head

Guide Collet
Based upon the signature, I believe this to be an invention by George III. When it was filed George II was 80 years old, and had been forced (by doctor's orders) to retire from day-to-day operations of the company.

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