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 17449. The patent details improvements to the feed and delivery systems of a press patented by Merwin Davis in 1855. Charles Potter was at this time in business building Merwin Davis's Oscillating Press and a jobber for George Babcock. After 1864 he turned to his own large cylinder presses, for which he is better known.
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Object Name
patent model
press, printing
date made
ca 1857
patent date
Potter, Jr., Charles
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 23.3 cm x 17.4 cm x 26.3 cm; 9 3/16 in x 6 7/8 in x 10 3/8 in
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accession number
patent number
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
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Patent Models
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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