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Printing Press - Hopkinson & Cope, Albion, 1859 Object Reg. No: ST 038530

The Albion Press is a table model hand lever press. It was manufactured in 1859 by Hopkinson and Cope. The Albion Press was donated by the Victorian Government Printing Office in 1979. Its previous use is unknown but a similar press was used at the Post Office in Melbourne and was offered to the VGPO in 1862. It appears to have been used by the Government Printing office for minor jobbing work and proofing of galleys.

A forme was placed on the iron bed of the press and inked by roller or ink ball; a sheet of paper was placed on the open tympan; the frisket was closed down over the tympan to hold the paper in place and the whole folded down over the type forme, resting slightly above the inked type. The bed was then wound under the platen by a handle attached to a central rounce under the bed, the handle pulled forward brought the platen down and an impression was taken. The handle was pushed back and impression lifted and the bed wound back out, where the tympan was lifted off, frisket was lifted off the tympan and the printed sheet removed.
An table model iron hand press
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Donation from Unknown
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1600 mm (Height), 500 mm (Width), 900 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Historical dimensions: Foolscap or Post

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Tagged with: printing equipment, communications, printing presses, cutter machines
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Printing
Tertiary Classification: printers
Inscriptions: Brass top piece: HOPKINSON'S NO. 3714 ALBION PRESS 1859
Press: HOPKINSON & COPE FINSBURY LONDON/(yellow) "9" (on central toggle)
User: Victorian Government Printing Office, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1900-1979
Manufacturer: Hopkinson & Cope, Finsbury, London, England, Great Britain, 1859
References: Sources used by Peter Marsh (25 June 2007) foir this record:
Victorian Public Record Series 1207, Unit 221 - Item 62/8106 for possible source of press origins.
Moran, James, Printing Presses, London, 1973, p. 92. An entire chapter on the Albion Press.

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