A hand-operated embossing machine used by Claflin University. The exterior is painted black, with paint chipping away throughout surface. The embosser stands flat on a beveled base that is curved on two opposing sides, each containing a hole through the base at the end. The mechanism has a long, rounded lever, with a silver plated top on the end, hinged at the body of the embosser on the opposite side, with a spring element underneath, and is used to push the cylinder element into whatever material will be embossed. Below the cylindrical element, there is a two-tiered base, the bottom being circular with relief type (illegible) on the top, the other sitting on the top curved with straight ends in an oblong shape. There is a slit for the material being embossed to slide into between the pedestal and the cylinder. The main body of embosser has a relief 5-point star, painted red, with gold lines coming off of it, on both sides.
Printing plate for a diploma mounted on wood. The plate has a thick border around the edges. The plate is a reverse image of the final printing. The top has several lines of text that read “National Sunday School And B.T. U. Congress / of The / NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION to AMERICA / Presents This.” Paragraphs of text are on either side of this. A small graphic of an open book is also at the top of the plate. Text in the graphic reads “CHRISTIAN WORKER'S DIPLOMA.” The lower half of the plate has additional text with blanks provided for the recipient’s information, the date and the conveyor’s signature. A narrow rectangular hole is in the wood backing at the top.