Patent Model of an Apparatus for Printing on Bottles, Boxes, or Cans

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for printing directly on glass or metal with elastic type instead of using the common practice of stenciling on the surface or using a paper label. The invention was granted patent number 56593. The rubber printing block of the patent model has hardened and perished. In 1860 Isaac Miles had bought shares in the rights of two other printing patents: Samuel Lowe's cone press (Patent 15429, 1856) and Charles Hawkes's platen press (Patent 7855, 1850).
Currently not on view
Object Name
apparatus, printing
date made
ca 1866
patent date
Miles, Isaac L.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 17.5 cm x 25.7 cm x 31.7 cm; 6 7/8 in x 10 1/8 in x 12 1/2 in
ID Number
patent number
accession number
catalog 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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