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Printing Press & Forme - Excelsior, Kelsey & Co, Model, USA, 1873 Object Reg. No: ST 025958

Model printing press. "Excelsior" 1873. Made by Kelsey & Co, accompanied by a printing forme handset with monotype.
The empty frame is known as the chase. The chase filled with a job for printing is known as the forme.
The forme contains type and spacers (technically known as furniture). The type and spacers are held in place using screw clamps, which are part of the chase.
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 the 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 forme is placed on the press, inked and printing commenced.
A model printing press complete with forme.
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: printing, printing equipment, printing presses
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Printing
Tertiary Classification: printers
Inscriptions: Inscribed on side:

A paper print-out is attached to the press and held in frame reads:
PAT. MAY 6 1873
Meriden, Conn
Size 2 x 3
Manufacturer: Kelsey & Co, Meriden, Connecticut, United States of America, 1873


tom pearson Posted on 26 Nov 2010 12:09 PM
my grandfather hass passed and left me with some stuff including the excelsior press and sevreal hundred letters to go with it is it worth anything its in great shape can it be donated somewhere
Discovery Centre Posted on 27 Nov 2010 3:54 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hello Tom - Feel free to have a look at our Donations Guidelines page (http://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/ask-us-a-question/donations/). If you are not local to Melbourne, perhaps you might like to ask local museums or historical societies if they are interested in a donation.

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