imperial Printing Etching Press Circa 1840-1860 Very Rare ornate piece approx hot foil book binding/ etching/ lino / woodcut etc

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Very Rare Imperial Printing Press by the Cope, Sherwin & Company

Old Cast Iron Printing Press very heavy beautiful ornate iron castings

It a lovely old press over 150 years old has been set up in the past for hot foil gold leaf book binding can be altered easily back for lino/etching/ collagraph printing

This would be a great center piece for any working Artist studio

Used in an Artist Studio recently but needs light TLC needs stripping and cleaning to bring back to full glory


Cope, Sherwin & Company designed and built the Imperial press in Shoreditch, London, for only a short time. Although the Imperial shares a number of similarities with the Albion, the Imperial is the more powerful press due to its leverage system which is influenced by Stanhope. A leaf spring raises the platen of the Imperial while the Albion employs a coil spring located in its cap.
Currently set up to be Used for hot press embossing

The J. Cope & Sherwin Imperial Press was claimed to be type William Morris used and favored

But can be easily converted to an letterpress and able to print etchings etc

made around 1840 to 1860 very heavy ornate iron castings

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40 inches high

20 inches wide

10 inches deep

block 10 x 12 inches

feet 12 inch long x 3 inch wide

not sure Weight 200 kgs approx would take 2 people to lift it

Dimension are approximate

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