Hand printing press

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a lever press using a combination of course and fine screws, the first to lower the platen fast, and the second to produce greater power at the end of the pull. It also included inclined ways or tracks, so the bed was raised as it was drawn under the platen. The invention was granted patent number 23951.
Currently not on view
Object Name
patent model; press, printing
date made
ca 1859
patent date
Ruggles, Stephen P.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 24 cm x 24 cm x 28 cm; 9 7/16 in x 9 7/16 in x 11 in
ID Number
catalog number
patent number
accession 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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