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Old 03-30-2011, 08:30 AM
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Default Need Help Identifying 1870's machine shop machine

Hello all,

I am writing a book about an old survey instrument maker and part of the the book is describing the engraving of the instrument face. The problem I am having is I know they hand engraved all the instruments up until around 1876 which at that time they purchased an engraving machine from T. Cooke & Sons in 1875. It was shipped to the US and arrived Jan. 1876.

I also have a copy of the machine shop machine inventory list that spans from 1865 to 1892 but they do not list the Cooke engraver but something called a "Right Liner". The inventory list also shows they purchased another "Right Liner" in 1882.

My question for you history buffs is, are the T. Cooke Engraving machines also known as a "Right Liner" or is there some other machine that goes by this name?

Let me know if you can shed any light

Thanks for your time.
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:52 AM
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Default Re: Need Help Identifying 1870's machine shop machine

I can't help you directly, but I dug up a great thread about bank note engraving that had several participants who may be able to answer your question:

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