Embosser used by Claflin University

Manufactured by
Used by
Claflin University, American, founded 1869
paint, cast iron
H x W x D: 6 7/8 × 6 1/2 × 2 1/8 in. (17.5 × 16.5 × 5.4 cm)
Tools and Equipment-Crafting-Artistic-Image-making
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 2, C 2053
Place used
Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
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.
American South
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
Reconstruction (United States History, 1865-1877)
United States--History--1865-1921
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Claflin University
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions

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