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identifying toolmakers from marks
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: identifying toolmakers from marks
- From: Jake Benson <Jemil333@AOL.COM>
- Date: Wed, 19 Mar 1997 19:52:03 -0500
- Message-Id: <199703200052.QAA26088@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting" <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
*Note* A friend wrote me, and I decided to forward this to the list. It
made me wonder if there was any information about historic binding toolmakers
in general- I am aware of the work that Bill Streeter & Co has done
concerning the Copy and nipping presses. What about Finishing tools and
knives? I have a knife by J. Venca and brass finishing tools by Aichberger,
both in Wien ( I assume that's Vienna?) One tools is by G.B. Seidensticker
of Boston. Some have serial numbers. Were most tools imported, with a
limited supply avaible in the America in the 18th and 19th c? I saw many ads
for Wilhelm Leo's of Stuttgart in the Archiv fur Buchenbinderei from the
1910's - Where I work we a have a few Nipping presses with his stamp.
The original question
I got a wonderful lying press at a street market this weekend. Has 18"
between the screws,31" overall. Very solid (and heavy!) hardwood, well
aged. Looks late 19th or early 20th century. Has a guide for a plow. I'm
very pleased. It is stamped with the name Harrild & Sons, are you familiar
with this firm? Binders, toolmakers?