Patent Model for Platen Printing Press

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a platen printing press, which was granted patent number 40099. In this invention, one of a series on Gordon's platen presses, the platen was pivoted on long legs. The bed, rocking on its own axis, was locked into vertical position to take the impact of impression. The model is incomplete: the platen assembly is missing.
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Object Name
press, platen printing
date made
ca 1863
patent date
Gordon, George Phineas
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 25.3 cm x 20.2 cm x 20.5 cm; 9 31/32 in x 7 15/16 in x 8 1/16 in
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accession number
patent 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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