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Object Name Tool
Catalog Number 1997.46.2
Collection Tool
Other Name Punch Press
Date c.1880
Description A punch press was used to "punch out" watch parts from various types of flat stock materials used in watchmaking, such as brass, steel, copper, etc. Each punch press utilizeds various interchangeable sub-presses that contained specific dies for the parts being made. Plates, bridges, clicks, wheels, blanks, hands, and other flat parts were all made using this method. After being punched out, the parts were then ready for subsequent machining, finishing, and polishing operations.
Aluminum tag screwed into machine reads, "M0871." Brass plate is fragmented, but has in relief, "Stiles & Parker, Middletown, Conn."
Maker Stiles & Parker Press Company
Material steel, iron, wood, brass
Place of Origin Middlebury, Connecticut, USA