This kind of press was used to print intaglio plates such as wedding announcements. Engraving presses of this style are not much used for commercial work today and have been adopted by artists for printing etchings.
An accumulation of dried ink and alum from the hand of the pressman is in evidence on the three original handles.
This press was manufactured by M. M. Keltons & Son, New York, in the late nineteenth century and is very little different from copperplate presses used in Rembrandt’s time. (54 inches high)