Box for printing type

Box for printing type
Box for printing type
ca. 1850
Oak; pine, iron, tin, brass
Overall: 10 1/4 x 13 x 10 1/4 in. ( 26 x 33 x 26 cm )
Roughly constructed oak box, rectangular with hinged front, overlapping pieces of wood attached to rest of box with strips of tinned sheet iron nailed to planks, and brass rosette mounts with bail handle on top; front of box opens at bottom; inside, drawer with brass ring pull at top, balanced on shelf; at bottom, three drawers with brass ring pulls stacked on top of each other divided into compartments of various sizes for type by strips of tinned sheet iron; circular medallion inscribed with ink "D. F. Myers/New York" attached to front with two screws.
Credit Line 
Gift of Daniel F. Myers, June 15, 1914
Object Number 
written: in ink on document with box: "June 15th 1914. [underlined] Presented to the New York Historical Society/By Daniel F. Myers/This wooden box has been in use and standing at the/railing of St Pauls Church corner of Fulton Street and Broadway/N. Y. City. over one hundred and twenty five years. It was used/as a coin and printing type box. The large type drawer for/old coins. The other three drawers for type. about 1860 a party/by the name of Lamson bought out the man by the name/of Hurbert who had the stand for a number of years.Before/Hurbert there had been two other parties that had been/there from 25 to 30 years. Lamson died about 1895 but a/relation that had been with him from a boy by the name/of P. Roman is there at the present time almost 43 years/making in all five parties that have used this box on/that corner. The party that got the box from P. Roman is/Daniel F. Myers the present owner and has seen the box/on the stand 55 years. Type has been sold out of this box to/the first newspapers of the city when they were out of certain/letters. The first Bennett of the Herald came himself to get/type. and such newspapers as the Tribune. The Sun./The Evening Post also bought type from this box. The Asters/did some printing of there [owen] when in business at/Liberty Street. a hundred years or more coin and type/stands stood at the corners of churches in that part of the/city. Fulton Street was the principal corner. George/Washington went to St Pauls Church when this box was at/that corner and may have seen it. Daniel F. Myers" written: in pencil on back of cardboard in frame: "Daniel F. Myers/1228 [Ten]ton Ave/Bronx" written: in ink on medallion on front of box: "D. F. Myers/New York."
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