The Albion press is the invention of Richard W. Cope who is thought to have assisted George Clymer, maker of the Columbian press. Cope’s press shows little of Clymer’s influence. Cope eliminated bizarre decoration, used a toggle instead of a beam for leverage, and employed a spring instead of a counterweight to raise the platen.
Cope died in 1828, only eight years after the introduction of his press. J. & J. Barrett were Cope’s executors and carried on his business under the direction of John Hopkinson, Cope’s foreman.
This press was made in Finsbury, London (65 inches high).