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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Vintage Industrial Paper Cutter / Paper Cutting Table

this has so many possibilities!

if you're in the paper or printing biz... a fun find for your shop

if you happen to love industrial design, the options are endless!

kitchen island, craft table, dining table, media console... how would you use this?

would you keep the paper cutter, remove or secure to avoid little fingers from touching?

manufactured by T.W. & C.B. Sheridan Co.
New York, Chicago, London
available here @ Black Dog Salvage

found via Flicker:

129-135 Lafayette St. at Howard St., New York City.

T. W. & C. B. Sheridan were bookbinders and manufacturers of bookbinding machinery. T. W. Sheridan was Theodore W. Sheridan (1835-1914) and C. B. Sheridan was Charles Bernard Sheridan (1844-1931). But before there was a T. W. & C. B. Sheridan, there was E. R. & T. W. Sheridan, the E. R. Sheridan being Edwin R. Sheridan (1830/31-1887/88). And before there was E. R. & T. W. Sheridan there was Bernard Sheridan (1803-1884).

Bernard Sheridan is described as follows in the American Dictionary of Printing and Bookmaking (1894): "Sheridan, Bernard, manufacturer of bookbinders' machinery, was born in Aquackenonck (now Passaic), N. J., on April 17, 1803. In 1830 he entered the employment of R. Hoe & Co., in New York, as pattern-maker, and remained with them until 1835, when he went into business for himself in Gold street in that city, manufacturing letter copying-presses and embossing-presses. He shortly after added cutting-machines in competition with F. J. Austin, who was then the only person in that line of business in New York. He afterwards removed to No. 45 Ann street, continuing there until 1856, when he was succeeded by his sons E. R. & T. W. Sheridan. In 1860 they bought out Mr. Austin and removed to his place, in Reade street, where the present firm of T. W. & C. B. Sheridan is located. The line of manufacture now is very extensive."

Edwin R. Sheridan, Theodore W. Sheridan, and Charles Bernard Sheridan were all sons of Bernard Sheridan. The family is found in the U. S. Censes of 1850 living in Brooklyn when Edwin was 20, Theodore 18 and Charles 6. Their mother is Grace King Sheridan of Paterson, N. J., whom Bernard Sheridan married in 1826.

The company was located in this building with the two doors on each side of the corner from 1929 to 1956. They also had offices in Chicago and London, England.

Theodore Sheridan's death notice in the New York Times (31 March 1914) reads, "Theodore W. Sheridan, President of the T. W. & C. B. Sheridan Company, one of the oldest bookbinding firms in the country, died Sunday at his home, 294 Adelphi Street, Brooklyn, in his eighty-second year. Mr. Sheridan invented several appliances now generally used in bookbinding, and was recognized as an authority in the business. He was one of the founders and Commodore since its organization of the Sea Cliff Yacht Club, a charter member of the Atlantic Yacht Club, and a member of Arkwright Club."

Charles B. Sheridan's obituary in the Times (12 June 1931) carried the headline C. B. Sheridan Dies on 91st Trip Abroad. With dateline "Maplewood, N. J., June 11" the obituary reads in part, "Charles Bernard Sheridan of 47 Mountain Avenue, Maplewood, died yesterday of pneumonia in London, while on his ninety-first trip to Europe. He was 86 years old. Mr. Sheridan had been active to the last as vice president of T. W. & C. B. Sheridan of New York, dealers in bookbinders' machinery. He had sailed for London in April on business and was expected to arrive home next month. Several of his ninety-one trips across the Atlantic were made since he became an octogenarian. Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Sheridan had been a resident of Maplewood for nineteen years."

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