Patent Model for Bed-and-Platen Printing Press

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a double bed-and-platen power press with a frisket at each end and is considered an unnumbered patent. The bed was raised by toggles beneath against the fixed platen. This patent provided the basis for the single-ended Adams Power Press, a well-loved iron machine later produced by R. Hoe & Co. In the 1870s it was still considered to produce finer letterpress work than any other machine on the market. It was pre-eminently a book press. Isaac Adams (1803-1883), with no schooling but ample inventive genius, introduced his power press at the age of 25 and derived his living from its success.
Currently not on view
Object Name
patent model; press, printing
Date made
ca 1830
patent date
Adams, Isaac
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 24.6 cm x 53.5 cm x 19.5 cm; 9 11/16 in x 21 1/16 in x 7 11/16 in
overall: 24.6 cm x 62 cm x 19.5 cm; 9 11/16 in x 24 13/32 in x 7 11/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog 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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