Colonial Printing Block, Old Style Printing Press. Late American Federal Era Printing Woodblock Illustration of an Early Printing Press. 1830, Woodblock Illustration Printing Plate, Depicting a Hand-Operated Metal Printing Press, Choice Very Fine. This original, Hand-Engraved, 4″ x 2.5″ Wooden Printing Block for the Illustration of a Hand-operated early metal printing press is clean, clear and impressive. From the general style and from comparison to other Woodblocks which came with this one, we believe this block dates to sometime in the 1830s. The hand-engraving is well done and unsigned as usual. This woodblock is in very nice condition in terms of wear, with a 2.5 crack across the top and a small nick in one of the legs of the press. Comes with a modern impression taken off from the woodblock itself. VIEW Other Items offered by Early_American_Auctions. Complete Table of Contents, Current Offerings and Additional Images can be found at Early American History Auctions online Over 1,000 items currently online! The free listing tool. The item “Colonial Printing Block, Old Style Printing Press” is in sale since Thursday, April 25, 2013. This item is in the category “Antiques\Decorative Arts\Other Antique Decorative Arts”. The seller is “early_american_auctions” and is located in Rancho Santa Fe, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.