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

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.

Condition: Excellent
   
Primary Color: black
Earliest Date: 1813
Latest Date: 1820
For Sale Status: Available
Price SOLD
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