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Ritchie, Patrick

Record IDcni00059602
Last Edit2015-04-08

General Note

A printing press, which belongs to Mr Harry Macintosh of Speedspools, 7 Gayfield Place Lane Edinburgh, has a platen size of 20 x 27 inches, and is unlike anything in Moran, or elsewhere in the literature. The staple is heavy and of a rounded square shape, in cast iron with decorative thistles, and the words 'PATRICK RITCHIE / EDINBURGH' in raised letters at the top. These are gilded. A cross member is cast across the staple to take the bar. The platen is held suspended by two leaf springs below the bar, fastened through the staple and impression is made by a knuckle joint which is straightened by means of a bar and a number of levers, resembling those of a Columbian. The impression is adjusted by means of a wheel on top of the press working through the staple. There is nothing remarkable about the rounce or the bed of the press, and the legs are sturdy but quite unornamented. The firm is quite distinct from that of Ritchie & Sons, pressmakers, Edinburgh, who are listed under Robert Ritchie & Sons. 'Patrick Ritchie has testimonials from gentlemen and houses of the first respectability, giving his Patent Presses for Printing, Copying, Lithography, Stamping, &c. a decided preference to any other in use. Improved Tuscan and Straw Hat Pressing Machines. Projecting letters for Warehouses, Shops, &c., in Metal or Wood...' Advertisement in “Edin Dir” 1835.

More Information

Dates of Activity1828-1892
Activitycopying and printing press maker
and projecting letter manufacturers (1830 - 1833)
Online Ressourcehttp://www.nls.uk/
Scottish Book Trade Index online (list)

Place of Activity

Place of ActivityEdinburgh
Edinburgh; 56 Nicolson Street (1830 - 1833)
Edinburgh; *56 Nicolson Street (1834 - 1847)
Edinburgh; Oakfield 102 Pleasance (1848 - 1891)

Related Entries

See alsoG. & P. Ritchie, patent press and machine makers (1828 - 1829)
36 Nicolson Street, **Edinburgh
Beevers & Kay ¬(successors to Patrick Ritchie)¬ (1892)
Swinton Row, **Edinburgh


HeadingRitchie, Patrick
used in: National Library of Scotland, Scottish Book Trade Index
Variant NamePatrick Ritchie (1834 - 1847)


Found inEdin Dir. — Pigot 1837


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