Mid-19th Century J. & E. Ratcliff Book or Copy Press

Mid-19th Century J. & E. Ratcliff Book or Copy Press
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Price: $495.00

Description

Description: We offer a handsome cast iron book press made by Joseph and Edmund Ratcliff. The press is 14” wide, 20” high and 8 ¾” deep. It is an unusual form with a pierced hand wheel below the pressure arm which has a turned wooden handle. J. & E. Ratcliff is stamped on an oval plaque beneath the arm. Joseph and Edmund Ratcliff manufactured metal goods, primarily gas chandeliers and postal weights, in Birmingham between 1832-1862. Item #DA000206.

Condition: The piece has some collected surface dirt and a bit of rust (esp. on the feet). In good working condition and retains a fair amount of the original marbleized painted surface.