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Antique Duplicating Machine

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Antique Duplicating Machine

Here we have a delightful Duplicator by Ellams, London. It is the Diaphragm Model, Great Britain, late 19th Century, silk screen duplicator; patent self rising screen, spring action, foolscap size, integral with carrying wooden case; serial no. 13810. Includes the original guarantee certificate and in in very good condition. Similar items are in museums around the World, like this one at the Victoria Museum in Australia.

“(This duplicator was) ‘sold in rectangular wooden boxes. The boxes contained a hand printing frame that consisted of a flat bed or printing board and a hinged frame that held the stencil. The boxes also contained an ink roller, an inking slate, ink, varnish and a brush for making corrections, waxed stencil paper, blotters, a writing stylus, and a writing plate with a file-like surface that was 1.5″ to 3” top-to-bottom and as wide as the printing frame.
To prepare a handwritten stencil, “A sheet of Mimeograph stencil paper is placed over the finely grooved steel plate and written upon with a smooth pointed steel stylus, and in the line of the writing so made, the stencil paper will be perforated from the under side with minute holes, in such close proximity to each other that the dividing fibers of paper are scarcely perceptible.” After the operator has written a few lines, the operator moves the stencil upward over the writing plate so that a new portion of the stencil is on top of the writing plate. “After the stencil is completed it is placed in the printing frame, by which the stencil is firmly held taut and in a position for rapid printing. After inking the roller on the slate furnished for that purpose, pass it over the stencil sheet and a correct reproduction of the matter stenciled will appear on the paper which has been previously placed underneath.”

Size approx: (HWD) 6″ x 20″ x 15″ (155 x 510 x 385 mm)

Price: £40 +VAT

Antique Duplicating Machine

If you’re interested in this item then please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01580201258. If this isn’t something that particularly interests you, then don’t worry! We’ve a wide selection of reclaimed benches for all tastes! You can also head on over to our yard based in Stonegate, East Sussex, TN5 7EF to take a look in person! You will always find a friendly and willing member of our team on hand to help where needed or to point you in the right direction.

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