Patent Model of a Platen Printing Press

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a platen printing press which was granted patent number 87185. The patent covered various improvements on the inventor's earlier Universal press, a popular platen jobber in which the platen had a parallel approach to the bed. Merritt Gaily (born 1838) was apprenticed to a printer at 11, and he built a cylinder and a platen press while in his teens. In 1869 he set up a factory to build his new Universal press.
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Object Name
patent model; press, printing
Date made
ca 1869
patent date
Gally, Merritt
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 25.8 cm x 29.5 cm x 21.5 cm; 10 3/16 in x 11 5/8 in x 8 7/16 in
ID Number
patent number
accession number
catalog number
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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