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Banknote Maker

Cyrus Durand was born in 1787, in Essex County, New Jersey. His grandfather moved from France to Connecticut in 1750. When he was seventeen, Cyrus began to make silver spoons by casting the silver in ingots and forging them. He also started to make tools for clock manufacturing.
In 1808 when Durand married and British embargo was laid on all trade, John Taylor, a president of one of the Newark banks, advised him to make a turning-lathe for jewelry. In 1814 Durand moved to Newark and was engaged in silversmithing. Local factories were booming so Durand started to build machines for spinning and carding. He made a machine for ruling straight and wave lines for bank notes. The next year he made two other machines: one for making water marks, and the other for plain ovals that may be regarded as the beginning of a series of his geometrical lathes mahines.
In 1823 Cyrus moved to New York and entered into a partnership with C. C. Wright, in a bank-note engraving. In 1824 Cyrus invented the geometrical lathe, by which was able to cut circles and ovals. In 1846 he invented the routing machine for cutting figures on type-metal rollers for oil-cloth printing.
Durand has been occupied in bank-note engraving, and in improving the geometrical lathe. He has produced several machines that were capable of producing a great variety of figures.
Banknote motif: the word ONE set against a rectangular band of lathe work
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Stylus of a Machine Used for Engraving Bank notes

Attributed to Cyrus Durand (American, 1787–1868)

Banknote motif: capital V within an oval containing basket-like lathe work

Associated with Cyrus Durand (American, 1787–1868)

Banknote motif: small circular ornament containing floral lathe work

Associated with Cyrus Durand (American, 1787–1868)

Banknote motifs: two bands of lathe work ornament

Associated with Cyrus Durand (American, 1787–1868)

Banknote motifs: band of lace-like lathe work ornament

Associated with Cyrus Durand (American, 1787–1868)

Banknote motif: band of lace-like lathe work ornament

Associated with Cyrus Durand (American, 1787–1868)

Banknote motif: oval lathe work ornament resembling a lace ruff

Associated with Cyrus Durand (American, 1787–1868)

Banknote motif: the word ONE set against a rectangular band of lathe work

Associated with Cyrus Durand (American, 1787–1868)

Banknote motifs: six small lathe work designs for corners, frames and numbers

Associated with Cyrus Durand (American, 1787–1868)

Banknote motif: Portrait on George Washington in a decorative panel

Attributed to Asher Brown Durand (American, Jefferson, New Jersey 1796–1886 Maplewood, New Jersey)

Proof of one side of a New York Merchants Banking Company 100 Dollar Bill

Attributed to Asher Brown Durand (American, Jefferson, New Jersey 1796–1886 Maplewood, New Jersey)

Banknote motif: oval of lathe work ornament with a wavy edge

Associated with Cyrus Durand (American, 1787–1868)

Banknote motifs: two bands of lathe work ornament

Associated with Cyrus Durand (American, 1787–1868)

Banknote motif: rounded ornamental lathe work design witha wavy edge

Associated with Cyrus Durand (American, 1787–1868)

Banknote motif: band of lathe work ornament

Associated with Cyrus Durand (American, 1787–1868)

Banknote motifs: two bands of lace-like lathe work ornament

Associated with Cyrus Durand (American, 1787–1868)

Banknote motif with a girl's head derived from Leonardo da Vinci against a patterned band

Attributed to Asher Brown Durand (American, Jefferson, New Jersey 1796–1886 Maplewood, New Jersey)

Banknote motifs: the number 5 and a portrait of Thayendanegea

Attributed to Asher Brown Durand (American, Jefferson, New Jersey 1796–1886 Maplewood, New Jersey)

Banknote motif: number 500 in an ornamental frame

Associated with Cyrus Durand (American, 1787–1868)

Banknote motif: a child's portrait surrounded by a floral frame

Attributed to Asher Brown Durand (American, Jefferson, New Jersey 1796–1886 Maplewood, New Jersey)

Proofs of Bank of New York One Dollar Bill and Two Dollar Bill

Attributed to Asher Brown Durand (American, Jefferson, New Jersey 1796–1886 Maplewood, New Jersey)

Banknote motifs: the number 5 and a building topped with a cupola

Attributed to Asher Brown Durand (American, Jefferson, New Jersey 1796–1886 Maplewood, New Jersey)

Banknote motif: a child's portrait and two patterned ovals surrounded by a floral frame

Attributed to Asher Brown Durand (American, Jefferson, New Jersey 1796–1886 Maplewood, New Jersey)

Banknote motif: two six-lobed lathe work ornaments

Associated with Cyrus Durand (American, 1787–1868)

Banknote motif: lathe work ornament resembling a long flat woven basket

Associated with Cyrus Durand (American, 1787–1868)

$1000 Bill for The Greenwich Bank, The City of New York

Asher Brown Durand (American, Jefferson, New Jersey 1796–1886 Maplewood, New Jersey)

Specimen Sheet of Bank Note Engraving

Asher Brown Durand (American, Jefferson, New Jersey 1796–1886 Maplewood, New Jersey)