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Wednesday, 21 October 2015
A Replica 18th Century Printing Press in Action
This is a replica of the type of printing press used in the 17th and early 18th century used to produce a reproduction of the Berwick Patriot broadsheet about the capture of Holy Island by the Jacobites.
It was set up at 2 Hide Hill, Berwick-upon-Tweed on the 1715 Jacobite Rising weekend, 10 & 11 October.
The ink should have been chimney soot mixed with boiled linseed oil but they didn't have any apprentices to mix it, so they used a modern water-based ink.
It was interesting that they were using an engraved steel plate rather than blocks of type and while I watched, it was rather slow production; though the printer claimed that an experienced 18th century printer with a full staff could produce 180 printed sheets an hour, which is somewhat faster than my dot-matrix printer, on my computer system, could produce in 1985.
The initial narrator is Derek Sharman, the subsequent narrator, talking about the press is Kendal Leask.
Posted by Peter Munro at 19:24
Labels: Berwick, Berwick Patriot, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Derek Sharman, Holy Island, Jacobites, Kendal Leask, Printing, Videos
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