Patent Model for a Machine for Cutting Books

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a machine for cutting books which was granted patent number 41337. There was a guillotine for cutting the top, foot and foredges of books. Two sets of books could be clamped simultaneously, without moving the clamps between cuts. Jane Austin was administratrix to the estate of Frederick J. Austin, inventor of this and other book-binding machines. F. J. Austin, the proprietor of a machine works in New York, also built hand printing presses along the lines of the Washington. The model is incomplete.
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Object Name
machine, book cutting
Date made
ca 1873
date made
ca 1864
patent date
Austin, Jane
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 23 cm x 18 cm x 20.5 cm; 9 1/16 in x 7 1/16 in x 8 1/16 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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