An Exceptional Copying Machine


+44 (0)207 7275263

+44 (0)7831 561042


  • £7,950.00
  • €8,700 Euro
  • $10,138 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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An Exceptional Copying Machine

An exceptional version of a Watts Copying Machine, more substantial than usual but with much the same function as those made by the inventor, James Watt. Retaining many of the original fittings including the fine pair of candle sockets, zinc lined trays and presses, a bone cased brush, (a little damaged) and a beautifully decorated japanned tin case to protect a bottle for the special ink, (rusted). The drawer to the side holds the zinc lined lift-out damping tray. The roller handle now lost; the lid with a well restored split. English circa 1790. w:21 1/8 in x d:15 3/4 in x h:6 5/8 in
The Watts Document copier produced a copy document by applying pressure from the original to a thin, unsized sheet of tissue paper. The special ink would bleed through producing a copy 'the right way round' through the thinness of the tissue.


18th Century & Earlier

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Telephone: +44 (0)207 7275263

Mobile: +44 (0)7831 561042


111 Portobello Road,
W11 2DY
United Kingdom


Walpoles is an antiques business that has been established for more than 35 years with an extensive stock which can be divided into three broad themes: "The Army" encompassing colonial furniture and works of art, folk art of the British soldier as well as campaign furniture, pictures and objects of a military theme; "The Navy" covering fine and folk art associated with the British Royal and Merchant Navy fleets as well as fine art and objects that fall under a title of "The China Trade"; and finally there is an established core of furniture, pictures and works of art typical of "The English Country House".

Founded by Graham Walpole, the business first set up in Church Street, in London’s Marylebone, and by the end of the 1980s had moved to Westbourne Grove, from where they dealt until the turn of the last century. In 2004 Walpoles relocated to their home town of Greenwich and joined the British Antiques Dealers Association but now work from 111 Portobello Road. Please be aware that this shop is too small to show all of the stock on the website and that you should make an enquiry before your journey to ensure that the item in question is there for you to see. We are open every day, with the exception of Sundays, between the hours of 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., (Saturday 7.00 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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