Contact printing frame

Object Number: 
Z.171
Date: 
1870-1885
Medium: 
Wood, brass, felt
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 5/8 x 6 3/8 x 1 in. ( 21.9 x 16.2 x 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
impressed: on reverse edge of wooden frame (also on hardware surrounding two bolts on reverse of frame): "SCOVILL MF'G. Co. N.Y." impressed: on reverse beneath movable brass hand: ""PAT. APL'D FOR"
Description: 
Wooden frame with 3 7/8 x 6 1/8 inch window lined with white felt; hinged back with brass hardware and semi-circular dial with movable brass hand impressed with numbers 1 through 12.
Gallery Label: 

The Scovill Manufacturing Company produced brass objects such as buttons, screws, and tools in Waterbury, Connecticut, from 1802 to 1956. Payroll records from 1862 to 1916 indicate that about half of the workers were women. By 1920, the company had a well-developed employee relations structure, including a cafeteria that employed waitresses, a large number of recreational and betterment organizations, and an employee bulletin.

Credit Line: 
Gift of John V. Irwin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group