Caxton press

Caxton press

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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.
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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
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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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