Patent Model for a Hand Press

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a hand press which was granted patent number 18527. The platen was lowered by a series of conical rollers turning against cam discs. The platen adjustment wedge was placed at the crown of the press instead of the usual position in the hub of the platen, to avoid being knocked - "for it is well known that pressmen are in the habit of throwing their wrenches or other tools down on the platen.”
Currently not on view
Object Name
patent model
press, printing
date made
ca 1857
patent date
Morse, Jedediah
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 29.9 cm x 23 cm x 21.3 cm; 11 3/4 in x 9 1/16 in x 8 3/8 in
ID Number
accession number
patent number
catalog 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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