A. B. Taylor printing press

Cast Iron Washington Style Printing Press, marked “A. B. TAYLOR & CO. / NEW YORK.”, “SUPER / ROYAL”, with an oval “ornament” of an eagle, drums & banners, currently painted green, and with 2 separate “U” shaped C.I. legs. I know there are pieces missing, however I believe this is a very uncommon press, as I only know of only one other, owned by The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, and dating from around 1860. It stands at approx. 6.5 ft x3 ft when assembled, and weighs about ½ ton. I assume being marked “Super Royal” it would have used 22”x28” paper and had a similar size platen. Alva Burr Taylor (1803-1889), a blacksmith by trade, worked with the Hoe Co. 1822-1842, then created his own company, located at # 3, 5 & 7 Hague St., corner of Pearl St., New York City. A. B. Taylor also held several printing & hatting patents. The press is disassembled and has been stored for nearly 30 years. It appears to be in good shape, other than surface rust - I saw no obvious broken or cracked parts. Rather than seeing it get thrown out or sold for scrap metal I would like to find it a new home with someone who appreciates its historical value. PICKUP ONLY - very heavy!

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