Stanhope press, miniature

Stanhope press, miniature

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Description (Brief)
This wooden model of a Stanhope press was manufactured in the late 19th century; it has a height of 11 inches, a width of 7.5 inches, and a length of 11 inches.
The Stanhope was invented in England by Charles Earl Stanhope in about 1800. It was a screw press with a stout iron frame. The leverage of the screw was compounded by a system of levers. Very heavy and very powerful, the press was welcomed both in Great Britain and in Europe as a successor to the old wooden presses. Stanhope presses were even imported into the United States, though rarely, before the American iron presses of the 1820s made their appearance.
This is a much-simplified model made by the U.S. Patent Office for their own reference purposes.
Transferred by Department of the Interior, 1906.
Citation: Elizabeth Harris, "Printing Presses in the Graphic Arts Collection," 1996.
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Object Name
Model; Press, printing
Other Terms
Print; Model; Press, printing; Press, Hand, Stanhope
Date made
late 19th century
U.S. Patent Office
U.S. Patent Office
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 11 in x 7 1/2 in x 11 in; 27.94 cm x 19.05 cm x 27.94 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Work and Industry: Graphic Arts
Industry & Manufacturing
Printing Presses in the Graphic Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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