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Where is it from?
- A Assembler Melbourne, Australia
Wooden Spacer - Typesetting, Late 19th Century Reg. No: HT 14611
- Spacers (technical term is furniture) are used to ensure that type is correctly placed within a frame called a forme.
Setting type by hand is known as 'composing the type'.
The type is taken letter by letter and placed into a 'setting stick' -- a wood or metal tray held in one hand and the words are built into lines of type of a set width.
The lines are then put together to make a page inside a metal frame called a "chase". Spaces in amongst the page are filled with wooden or metal "furniture". The furniture is level with the surfaces of the type blocks so as not to pick up any ink. The spaces between the chase walls and the page are filled with expandable "quoins". Quoins, when tightened, lock all the type and furniture securely within the chase (now called a "forme").
The forme is placed on the press and printing commenced.
- Spacers are wooden strips. May have lead based ink residues present.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Mr Dale Conway - Dimboola Historical Society, 2007
|Dimensions:||1.20 cm (Height), 1.50 cm (Width), 25.30 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||printing, printing equipment, typesetting accessories|
|Themes this item is part of:||How the Fawkner Press Worked, John Pascoe Fawkner, Businessman & Melbourne Pioneer (1792-1869), Letterpress Printing, Information & Communication Collection|
|On Display at:||Melbourne Museum|
|Assembler:||Mr Peter Marsh, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2007|
accessed 9 October 2008
Melbourne Advertiser first printed edition (#10)