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Printing Press - Clam Shell Platen, Treadle Operation, Golding Pearl Number 14 Object Reg. No: ST 033922

This is a letterpress clam shell platen printing press, manufactured by Golding & Co., USA in 1892. Letterpress is a term used to define the process of printing from a raised surface, be it type or block. The term takes it origins from the act of pressing a letter onto another substance, usually paper.

The machine was a hand fed, treadle operated platen. A storage compartment beneath the machine carries three spare inking rollers.
Statement Of Significance:
The machine is No. 10, and therefore is one of the earliest models made.
Acquisition Information:
Long-term Loan from Library Council of Victoria, 1975
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 140 cm (Height), 75 cm (Width), 125 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: The size of Pearl Presses is designated by inside chase measurement. The chase fits into the bed and holds the type matter. A Pearl No. 14 has an inside chase measurement of 9" x 14"

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Tagged with: printing equipment, printing, printing presses, golding pearl no. 14, 146571
Themes this item is part of: Letterpress Printing, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Printing
Tertiary Classification: printing presses
Inscriptions: Label on door plate:
Pearl Press
No 14
Golding & Co
Phila. Chicago

Serial Number 10

Cast label on side:

Cast label on treadle:
(The foot pedal has a rectangular shape with the word 'Pearl' in raised letters)
Manufacturer: Golding Manufacturing Co, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, 1892

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