Patent Model of a Platen Printing Press

Patent Model of a Platen Printing Press

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Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a platen printing press which was granted patent number 87185. The patent covered various improvements on the inventor's earlier Universal press, a popular platen jobber in which the platen had a parallel approach to the bed. Merritt Gaily (born 1838) was apprenticed to a printer at 11, and he built a cylinder and a platen press while in his teens. In 1869 he set up a factory to build his new Universal press.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
patent model; press, printing
Object Type
Patent Model
Other Terms
print; press, platen jobber, Gally
Date made
ca 1869
patent date
1869-11-23
maker
Gally, Merritt
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 25.8 cm x 29.5 cm x 21.5 cm; 10 3/16 in x 11 5/8 in x 8 7/16 in
ID Number
GA.89797.097185
patent number
097185
accession number
89797
catalog number
GA*89797.097185
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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