Washington press, A. B. Taylor

Washington press, A. B. Taylor

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Description (Brief)
This press was made by A. B. Taylor of New York in about 1860. The tympan and frisket were made in the Museum. The press has a height of 77 inches a width, at cheeks, of 38 inches and a length of 88 inches; its platen measures 25 inches by 39 inches.
Alva Burr Taylor, a blacksmith by trade, worked with the R. Hoe & Company of New York from 1822 until 1842 when he formed his own company. Taylor produced cylinder presses, Washington presses,
and a few jobbing presses, as well as steam engines.
The oval ornament on this press, an eagle with drums and banners, is found in combination with other ornaments on presses made by various manufacturers, such as the Cinncinati Type Foundry (CTF) Washington press (see 1978.2124.01).
Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hennage, 1969.
Citation: Elizabeth Harris, "Printing Presses in the Graphic Arts Collection," 1996.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Press, Printing
Date made
circa 1860
date made
ca 1860
Taylor, Alva Burr
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 77 in x 38 in x 88 in; 195.58 cm x 96.52 cm x 223.52 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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