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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
press, shear
maker
Alfred, Augustus
place made
United States: Connecticut
ID Number
AG*MHI-M-7884
catalog number
MHI-M-7884
accession number
235982
See more items in
Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Industry & Manufacturing
Work
Machine Shop
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

Add a comment about this object