Patent Model for Web Perfecting Rotary Press

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a web perfecting rotary press which was granted patent number 468. Flat forms of type were arranged around the surface of two type cylinders to form polygons. The web of paper was printed on both sides at this press, then sent to a drying machine still in the web, and finally cut into sheets. The inventor is named "Trench" on the patent drawings and "French" on the specification.
Currently not on view
Object Name
patent model; press, printing
date made
ca 1837
patent date
French, Thomas
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 25 cm x 65 cm x 26 cm; 9 13/16 in x 25 9/16 in x 10 1/4 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
patent number
Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Patent Models
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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