Patent of an invention by Leonard Pardee and Inscription on cup at grave site
Sarah Winchester’s father was a carriage maker and inventor, so she had some exposure to tools before the Winchester Firearms factory. He aquired Patent #5,713 for the stave jointer on August 15, 1848. Please go to http://www.owwm.com/MfgIndex/Detail.asp?Tab=Patents&ID=490 to see photos of the patent.
On the way to the airport home from the Junior Statesman Summer School program on Yale’s campus in 2005, I visited the Winchester’s grave and found something interesting. On television ads they always show the main headstone but ignore a stone cup on the far left. On the bottom is a faint inscription which I have NEVER seen anywhere else. It reads, “Hearts are dirt. Hearts loves remain. To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
Inscription on Winchester’s Grave cup Please click to see full size.