Toggle bench press, manually-operated, metal, maker unknown, 1880-1920, used by A L Lindsay & Co Pty Ltd, Leichhardt, New South Wales, Australia, 1930-1987 This manual bench-mounted toggle press was used for embossing a range of children's dress-up costumes including leather waist coats, chaps, full trousers and gun holsters. It comprises a heavy, kidney-shaped cast-iron frame, which holds the pressing components, and is bolted to a free-standing timber workbench with braced timber legs. Wood-backed metal dies were inserted into the press into a specially designed slot which accommodated various sizes. The leather or other material required to be embossed was put in on top of the die together with a sheet of gold or silver leaf or red colour. The arm or lever on the right-hand side of the machine was pulled down and operated an eccentric cam mechanism which caused the base plate to be pushed up towards the top plate with the leather material, die and silver or gold leaf in between. A mechanical dial was added to the machine, probably in the 1930s, for electrically adding heat to the press. It features the name 'Sunvic' and is calibrated from 0 to 80. Modern Sunvic domestic and industrial thermostats are still made in Scotland by Sunvic Temperature Controls Ltd.
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(Accession num: 2008/25/2)
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