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US Patent 744546

Granted in 1903 to Henry Eberly Hibshman of Newark, New Jersey, another player harmonica. The instrument pictured seems identical to that shown in British Patent 15144 of that same year, although the latter also lists Clarence James McCuaig of Montreal, Canada as co-inventor. This invention was also covered by German Patent 154728 issued the following year.

Hibshman was also awarded US Patent 777370 in 1904 for an improved version of this invention:

The main improvement seems to have been in the mouthpiece, which is now subdivided into two air channels, one to supply the blow reeds, the other to supply the draw reeds. Each is fitted with a one-way valve to reduce air loss through the "inactive" reeds:

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