Unwanted Treasures Of The Patent Office

Thousands of products of Yankee genius, in miniature models, have survived a British invasion, three fires, and a sale at Gimbels.

While the British were busily engaged in putting the torch to Washington on the evening of August 24, 1814, Dr. William Thornton, superintendent of the Patent Office, stood aghast by a window in Georgetown watching the Capitol, of which he was the chief designer, go up in flames.