Cincinnati Type Foundry Army press, first manufactured in 1862

Henry Barth of the Cincinnati Type Foundry designed this cylinder press, known as the Army Press, for use by the armed forces during the Civil War. To make up for lost business early in the war, the Foundry also manufactured bullets for the State of Indiana and Gatling guns used in the New Orleans campaign.
The Army Press was listed as resembling the modern common hand press in having ways, bed, tympan and fisket and a rotating cylinder that, unlike the Adams's Cottage press, moved with the press bed.
Currently not on view
Object Name
press, printing
Object Type
date made
ca 1862
Barth, Henry
Cincinnati Type Foundry
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 15 7/8 in x 33 in x 27 in; 40.3225 cm x 83.82 cm x 68.58 cm
place made
United States: Ohio, Cincinnati
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Civil War
related event
Civil War
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Cultures & Communities
Industry & Manufacturing
Civil War Field Printing
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Homer Martin
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