Antique Copper Etched Printing Press Plate Cortes J Cima Bristol Charles Dickens

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller jewelscollectingdust (7.768) 99.7%, Location: Near Nantwich, Cheshire, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 362683453369 ANTIQUE COPPER ETCHED PRINTING PLATE PRESS PLATE DICKENS CORTES J CIMA BRISTOL. This is a rather unusual item - I thought it might be a printing plate although with the writing being the correct way round rather than mirror images it’s hard to say for sure if that it what it is The front is numbered 139 and depicts a drawing entitled Loads of Mischief with the motto underneath it Tis this I travel on life’s road. If belef’d or curf’d from my load Then the image is credited “from an old pottery engraving it has a series of lovely old stamps on its reverse these being - J CIMA Bristol & Cortes Bristol in a garter type stamp. The reverse is also stamped Patent then the following excerpt from Dickens Novel - The Old Curiosity Shop. It is not said the schoolmaster as he bent down to kiss her on the cheek and gave his tears free vent It is not on earth that heavens justice ends. Think what earth is compared with, the world to which her young spirit has winged it’s early flight, and say if one deliberate wish expressed in solemn terms above this ??? Could call her back to life. Which of us would utter it. See Little Nells Death - Old Curiosity Shop Very interesting item If you can throw any light on the intended purpose for this plate or give any information on this - please message me - I always like to learn more about the items I am selling and this one has me rather intrigued. its a thick sheet of copper and is heavy weighing 536 grams it measures 12.5cm x 18.5cm Condition is Used Pre-owned vintage. I have cleaned it somewhat although it would polish up more if desired. Dispatched with Royal Mail 2nd Class. Condition: Used, Featured Refinements: Printing Press, Type: Etching Press, Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom, Material: Copper

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