The museum is open Fridays through Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free timed-entry passes are required. Review our latest visitor safety guidelines.

Patent Model for a Card Printing Press

Patent Model for a Card Printing Press

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a crank-operated, self-feeding card press which was granted patent number 20039. A press based on this patent was produced for sale, and was demonstrated in the offices of the Scientific American in I860.
Currently not on view
Object Name
patent model; press, printing
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
ca 1858
patent date
Clarkson, William W.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 26 cm x 27 cm x 15.5 cm; 10 1/4 in x 10 5/8 in x 6 1/8 in
ID Number
accession number
patent number
catalog number
See more items in
Work and Industry: Graphic Arts
Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Add a comment about this object