- Description (Brief)
- This two-roller, self-inking lever press was made by Curtis & Mitchell of Boston in about 1876. It was painted green. Its markings include casting marks of “Caxton Press” behind the platen, and “C. & M.” on the body. It is also stamped “109” on platen edge. The press has a length of 23 inches a height of 14.5 inches and a width of 9.5 inches; the chase measures 4 inches by 6 inches.
- Edward Curtis and Edward Mitchell were Boston printers, onetime typefounders, and suppliers of printers’ goods. From 1875 they introduced a range of presses, mostly aimed at the amateur market, and continued their production through the 1880s.
- Donated by William H. Colver, Jr., 1992.
- Citation: Elizabeth Harris, "Printing Presses in the Graphic Arts Collection," 1996.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- Press, Printing
- Other Terms
- Press, Printing; Letterpress; Platen Press (Table Top)
- Date made
- circa 1876
- date made
- ca 1876
- Curtis & Mitchell
- place made
- United States: Massachusetts, Boston
- Physical Description
- metal, cast iron (overall material)
- metal, steel (overall material)
- average spatial: 14 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in x 23 in; 36.83 cm x 24.13 cm x 58.42 cm
- ID Number
- catalog number
- accession number
- See more items in
- Work and Industry: Graphic Arts
- Printing Presses in the Graphic Arts Collection
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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