Patent Model for a Rotary Web Press

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a rotary press using tapered type on its type cylinders along with a special curved composing stick; the web of paper was cut and folded at the same machine, after printing. The invention was granted patent number 468.
According to Stephen D. Tucker’s History of R. Hoe & Company, Wilkinson built a press along these lines for the New York Sun in 1842, but never succeeded in printing the paper at it.
Currently not on view
Object Name
patent model; press, printing
date made
ca 1853
patent date
Wilkinson, Jephtha A.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 8 in x 7 in x 17 1/4 in; 20.32 cm x 17.78 cm x 43.815 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
patent number
Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Patent Models
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Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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