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.
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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Inventing In America
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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