Chicago press

Chicago press

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Description (Brief)
This lever press was made by John Sigwalt of Chicago in about 1910. The press has a length of 15 inches a height of 9.5 inches and a width of 6.5 inches; its chase measures 3.75 inches by 2.5 inches.
John Sigwalt (1836-1924) started his working life in the sewing machine business, then became a dealer in ticket stamps and seals. In 1899 he began producing small printing presses, copies of various popular models. His Chicago-produced copy of Dorman’s Baltimorean was on the market by 1910.
Donated by Elizabeth Harris, 1973.
Citation: Elizabeth Harris, "Printing Presses in the Graphic Arts Collection," 1996.
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Object Name
Press, Printing
Date made
circa 1910
date made
ca 1910
Sigwalt, John
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 11 in x 8 1/2 in x 13 in; 27.94 cm x 21.59 cm x 33.02 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Work and Industry: Graphic Arts
Printing Presses in the Graphic Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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