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Manufactured by:
Unidentified  Search this
Used by:
Claflin University, American, founded 1869  Search this
Medium:
paint, cast iron
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 6 7/8 × 6 1/2 × 2 1/8 in. (17.5 × 16.5 × 5.4 cm)
Type:
tools
Place used:
Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1870-1900
Description:
A hand-operated embossing machine used by Claflin University. The exterior is painted black, with paint chipping away throughout surface. The embosser stands flat on a beveled base that is curved on two opposing sides, each containing a hole through the base at the end. The mechanism has a long, rounded lever, with a silver plated top on the end, hinged at the body of the embosser on the opposite side, with a spring element underneath, and is used to push the cylinder element into whatever material will be embossed. Below the cylindrical element, there is a two-tiered base, the bottom being circular with relief type (illegible) on the top, the other sitting on the top curved with straight ends in an oblong shape. There is a slit for the material being embossed to slide into between the pedestal and the cylinder. The main body of embosser has a relief 5-point star, painted red, with gold lines coming off of it, on both sides.
Topic:
African American  Search this
American South  Search this
Business  Search this
Education  Search this
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)  Search this
Reconstruction, U.S. History, 1865-1877  Search this
Segregation  Search this
U.S. History, 1865-1921  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Claflin University
Object number:
2016.24
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Tools and Equipment-Crafting-Artistic-Image-making
Exhibition:
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 2, C 2053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd532c97a89-30d3-4ce1-9293-ff72647ef851
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2016.24