Patent Model for an Ellipsographic Copying Machine

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a carpenter's type-cutter and protractor; the invention was granted patent number 2894. The cutter and protractor was a machine for cutting multiple copies from a single pattern. Typically, it was to be used in making wood type, which could be enlarged or reduced, extended or compressed, thrown into perspective, or turned into "grotesque type of any given fashion from the same plain pattern."
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1842
patent date
Carpenter, Luman
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 38.7 cm x 22.7 cm x 22.7 cm; 15 1/4 in x 8 15/16 in x 8 15/16 in
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Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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