United States,19th Century Clatonia Joaquin Dorticus was born in Cuba in 1863 but lived his life in Newton, New Jersey until his death in 1903 at 39. He is regarded as one of the earliest African-American and first Cuban modern inventors as he is believed to be of Afro-Cuban descent. This machine is one of four patents applied for during his career used to emboss photographs. He is considered to be an important component to the progression of photography. Cast iron,11" x 8", Wear and oxidization to surface as expected from age and use, please refer to photographs. From the collection of a Pawtucket, Rhode Island gentleman. Marked "The Dorticus Die" in raised letters.
Wear and oxidization to surface as expected from age and use, please refer to photographs.