Design:
Copy, letter, or book press with two flat-arched uprights, an adjustable upper plate activated by a long helix screw with an inverted baluster finial turned by a movable cylindrical handle with flattened knob ends, and a fixed base plate with an ogee base molding. The fixed crossrail of the press has a hole at center to allow the screw to pass through. A thick, turned wooden disk with a complex molded edge is screwed to the top of the crossrail, above the screw hole. The juncture of the screw and the adjustable plate is surrounded by a similar, but wider turned wooden disk. Two removable mahogany boards are inserted between the base plate and the adjustable upper plate.

Construction:
The uprights are through-tenoned into the base plate. The fixed crossrail is through-tenoned into the uprights and wedged. The base molding is nailed to the edge of the base.

Date

1780-1850


Geography


Material/Technique

Mahogany


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 19 1/2 in. x 17 1/2 in. x 11 3/8 in. (49.53 cm x 44.45 cm x 28.89 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1955


Object Number

M-2017


Colors


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