Patent Model of a Platen Printing Press

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a platen printing press which was granted patent number 18812. Called the Magic Card Press, it is a self-inking platen press with automatic card dropper and an ink drum below the type bed.
Currently not on view
Object Name
patent model; press, printing
date made
ca 1857
patent date
Hawkes, Charles W.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 32.5 cm x 17.4 cm x 26.3 cm; 12 13/16 in x 6 7/8 in x 10 3/8 in
ID Number
accession number
patent number
catalog number
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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