"Franklin" common press, scale model

"Franklin" common press, scale model

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Description (Brief)
This one-fourth scale model of the 'Franklin' common press, described separately, was made by Richard P. Heitzenrater of Dallas, Texas in about 1985.
The replica model recreated the plans for the 'Franklin' press described in volume two of Elizabeth Harris's "The Common Press" (London: Merrion Press, 1978). The wood was originally used in pews from the Church of St. Margaret in London's Westminster Abbey and were removed as part of a remodeling project in the nineteenth century. They were then sold to an individual in Dallas, Texas.
The press is a working model constructed by Mr. Heitzenrater when he served as curator of Early English Printing in the Methodist Collections at Bridwell Library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Donated by Richard P. Heitzenrater, 2013.
Currently not on view
Object Name
press, printing
Object Type
date made
1985 - 1986
ca 1985
Heitzenrater, Richard P.
place made
United States: Texas, Dallas
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
container: 35 cm x 41.6 cm x 29 cm; 13 25/32 in x 16 3/8 in x 11 13/32 in
overall: 49 cm x 36.5 cm x 21.8 cm; 19 9/32 in x 14 3/8 in x 8 19/32 in
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accession number
catalog 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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