Hand Stamp Fixture

Made:
1937
maker:
The Monotype Corporation Limited

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Hand Stamp Fixture
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Matrix hand stamping fixture, Plant No.1266, made by The Monotype Corporation Ltd., Salford, Redhill, Surrey, England, 1937. Part of the equipment used in the production system for Monotype matrices. Mounted on 10-drawer bench-top chest with machines Nos. 1336 and 2937

There are 82 separate processes needed to transform a designer’s drawing (of a letter, figure, punctuation, or symbol) into a piece of Monotype metal type for printing. A pantograph is used to trace and cut the letter from a copper pattern into a piece of steel called a punch. After being hardened, the punch is driven into a piece of bronze using a crank press to produce a matrix. The finished matrix is ready to go to the Monotype Composition Caster where molten metal is pumped through a mould against the matrix to produce a piece of type.

This machine is one of many machines used in the process to make a 0.2 inch or 0.4 inch matrix.

The Type Archive has a functioning Monotype matrix workshop containing around 70 machines and pieces of equipment. It is the only one of its kind in the world and matrices are still produced for customers.

Details

Category:
Printing & Writing
Object Number:
1995-1561
Materials:
aluminium alloy, leather, plastic (unidentified) and steel (metal)
Measurements:
overall (bench): 890 mm x 810 mm x 610 mm,
type:
machines
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment

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