Patent Model of a Typesetting for Stereotype Plates

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a typesetter for stereotype plates which was granted patent number 52073. The invention included the use of a "perpetual font of type" for impressing letters into a plastic molding material. Type was stored in a permanent holder, each piece tied by a thin strip of metal. At the touch of a key, type fell to casting position, the faces protruding below the holder. After casting, the type was returned to the storage cell.
Currently not on view
Object Name
machine, typesetting
date made
ca 1866
patent date
Paulding, John
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 20 cm x 17.5 cm x 7.8 cm; 7 7/8 in x 6 7/8 in x 3 1/16 in
ID Number
patent number
accession number
catalog number
Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Patent Models
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Patent Models
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Enter the characters shown in the image.