Cope, Sherwin & Company designed and built the Imperial press in Shoreditch, London, for only a short time. It is believed that Cope was related to R.W. Cope, the inventor of the Albion press. Although the Imperial shares a number of similarities with the Albion, the Imperial is the more powerful press due to its leverage system which is influenced by Stanhope. A leaf spring raises the platen of the Imperial while the Albion employs a coil spring located in its cap.
These presses are still found working in England, albeit often converted to bookbinders’ requirements. This Imperial had been owned by the same family since it was new and was still printing posters in Long Sutton, England, as late as 1970. (70 inches high)