Alfred Press

Description (Brief)
The machinist Augustus Alfred constructed this press in his Connecticut shop around 1850. Like many Americans of the time, Alfred did a lot of different work. He was a part-time clock maker, part-time farmer, and part-time machinist. Alfred likely built this particular press to form lightweight watch parts and other metal pieces required for his work. This press has a hand-actuated 38 inch flywheel with four inch stroke, a slide guiding system, and was belt-driven at some point in its history.
Currently not on view
Object Name
press, shear
Alfred, Augustus
place made
United States: Connecticut
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Industry & Manufacturing
Machine Shop
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Machine Shop
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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