Dunkerly press

Dunkerly press

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Description (Brief)
This self-inking, bench-top, foot-lever press, was made by William Dunkerly of New York in about 1873. The press is incomplete, and is missing its treadle and link as well as its inking-roller connections. The press has a height of 13 inches a width of 12 inches and a length of 15 inches; its chase measures 4 inches by 6.25 inches.
Walter and William H. Dunkerly produced a line of amateur printing presses, starting with this “Dunkerly,” in 1873. By 1880 the press was made in larger sizes, renamed “King,” and sold by wholesalers such as W. Y. Edwards. The Dunkerly brothers may have originated the rail presses that became popular later in the century. These, too, were distributed through wholesalers.
Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Stan Harris, 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
Date made
1873 or later
date made
ca 1873
Dunkerly, William
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
cast iron (overall material)
average spatial: 13 in x 15 in x 12 in; 33.02 cm x 38.1 cm x 30.48 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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