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   CAST IRON EAGLE, A BOOK PRESS COUNTERWEIGHT, MADE IN PHILADELPHIA, CIRCA 1813


 

Description:
The Columbian Printing Press had a solid, cast iron, neoclassical eagle as a counter weight. It balanced on the lever, which was in the form of serpent. Designed by a man named George Clymer, the press was operating in Philadelphia as early as 1813. The counterweights came in three sizes, of which this is the smallest (16.5� x 14�). This one is extraordinary among surviving examples, however, with respect to both its condition and outstanding patina. Note the early, snake-head form and the uncommon level of detail.
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Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, llc
Contact   Jeff Bridgman Phone: (717) 502-1281
Period: 19th Century (1801-1900)
Date: 1813-1820
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Condition: Excellent
Measurements: 12" x 16.75" x 3.5"
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Web-site: http://www.jeffbridgman.com
Price: SOLD
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