What make and model am I? FOR SALE

Can anyone tell me what this is?
It is definitely made close to the 1800s because of the square nails. I don’t think it’s Hamilton. It has a 2 inch granite slab on top!
Can anyone help ID this?
For sale $300 cash

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Maybe there are other possibilities, but type cases are most common, and open letterboards are a distant second, for storing forms in chases and galleys. Are those letterboards to the right, and do they seem original?

I’ve seen many “home made” imposing tables. More than likely this was made by a local cabinet maker. Have you checked the underside of the drawers for a signature? One could also buy just the stone from American Type Founders and probably other suppliers. I once owned a big imposing table with a real stone and as I was moving it one time I found in brush-painted lettering “American Type Founders” on the underside. I still have a “home made” imposing table with the back side of a tombstone as the imposing surface. Several people have these. I made a rubbing of my tombstone and would love to see rubbings from other tombstone imposing stones.

Is there any inscription on the handles?

“Parallel_imp”
The drawers look like type drawers.
The rails are metal and added on about the time the paint job happened. So it’s probably not original, see picture.
Thank you!!

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The handles say Hamilton but that is the only identification mark found.
Nothing under drawers or on top of stone.
Since it was painted all those original markings are gone.
It is 1800s since the nails are square, could it be custom made with parts from brand names…yes.
I’ll have to check under the stone for a makers mark.
Thank you!

It looks like a pretty standard Hamilton long imposing stone with the optional “letter boards” below.

Hamilton made very specific tables with bolting everything together, this has nails only.
Hamilton also embellished everything by using oak and they would soften any square edges.

Yeah, those are letter boards. Note the low lip, which allows resting a galley there and sliding forms onto it.

It would be rare to have a granite imposing stone. If you check further, I believe you will find that it is marble.

John Henry
Cedar Creek Press