Patent Model for a Rotary Perfecting Press

Patent Model for a Rotary Perfecting Press

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for the first of a generation of fast web perfecting presses which was granted patent number 38200. On this press, unlike its successors, the paper was cut into sheets before being printed. According to Stephen D. Tucker’s History of R. Hoe & Company, the web cutting knife had been used years before on a Hoe press, but the concept had not been patented.
Currently not on view
Object Name
patent model; press, printing
Object Type
Patent Model
Other Terms
patent model; press, printing; press, web perfecting, Bullock
date made
ca 1863
patent date
Bullock, William
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 9 1/2 in x 10 in x 20 in; 24.13 cm x 25.4 cm x 50.8 cm
ID Number
catalog 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