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The Patent Spring Bed
Eckstein set off for Australia to develop connections in that part
of the world.
It is not known how or why Eckstein came to patent
an invention of his own for "Improvements in Sheet Metal Lathing and in
Machinery for making the same" in so distant a place as New South Wales.
Perhaps he found time heavy on his hands during the long voyage and diverted
himself in this way or had delayed specifying his invention until forced
leisure enabled him to do so. He was not only an active man but a business
man also, and a downright man who liked to get things done at once. The
patent was granted over the signature of H. E. the Governor of New South
Wales and all that was required on his return to London, was for the original
certificate to be produced at the Patent Office there.
The invention shows an uncommon engineering skill
and from the patent grew the trade name Jhilmil, a Hindustani word
meaning "the sparkling of the waves," possibly chosen by Eckstein, with