Patent model for wood blocks for engraving

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a method of reusing engraved boxwood blocks by shaving down the engraved surface and gluing the shaved block between two pieces of a cheaper wood; the invention was granted patent number 203856. This sandwich was then cut through the middle to give two new blocks, each with a thin face of boxwood.
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Object Name
manufacture, engraving blocks
date made
ca 1878
patent date
Setchell, George C.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 6 cm x 14 cm x 19 cm; 2 3/8 in x 5 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in
ID Number
patent number
accession 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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