Pictures on this page were provided by San Jose Printers' Guild chairman Jim Gard, who took them in 1998. He wasn't able to measure the chase, but noted the press was significantly smaller than the 10x15 in San Jose.
This Liberty press shows the 1874 patent extension, so it was manufactured that year or later. The manufacturer name, "Degener & Weiler", indicates it was built before Weiler bought out the business in 1877. The cities listed are New York and London. (There is no evidence that Degener & Weiler manufactured presses in London, although Weiler later opened a plant in Berlin.)
The serial number indicates a manufacturing date between 1875 and 1877, which matches with the patent and manufacturer name evidence.
Press Identification Summary
|Owner:||Mystic Seaport Museum|
|Manufacturer:||Degener & Weiler|
New York & London
|Model:||Probably No. 2 or 2A|
|Estimated Mfg. Date:||1875 - 1877|
|Patents:||April 24, 1860, Extd April 23, 1874;|
Dec 13, 1870; May 28, 1872
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