Patent Model of a Platen Printing Press

Patent Model of a Platen Printing Press

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a platen printing press which was granted patent number 203335. Patentee Edward Gilman's simple treadle press was intended for job printers and amateurs. The rotating ink disk was on a plane with the type. The platen with paper was brought down against the type by a direct connection with the treadle.
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Object Name
press, platen printing
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
ca 1878
patent date
Gilman, Edward L.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 19.5 cm x 11.8 cm x 14.5 cm; 7 11/16 in x 4 5/8 in x 5 11/16 in
ID Number
patent number
accession number
catalog number
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Work and Industry: Graphic Arts
Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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