Patent for a Hand Cylinder Printing Press

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a self-inking hand-cranked cylinder press which was intended to replace the common iron lever press. The patent was granted patent number 25008.
George Gordon (1810-1878) started out as an actor but soon took up the printing trade in New York City. From 1851 he was responsible for a succession of jobbing presses--the Yankee, the Turnover, the Firefly, this cylinder press, and, finally, the Franklin jobber with which he established his name as well as his fortune. Degener was a Gordon employee in the 1850s, setting up in his own business in 1860. See also Degener's separate Patent 110018.
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Object Name
patent model; press, printing
date made
ca 1859
patent date
Gordon, George Phineas
Degener, Frederick O.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 25.654 cm x 19.685 cm x 22.86 cm; 10 1/8 in x 7 3/4 in x 9 in
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Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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