Restore printer and driver using time machine?

First, I looked at the TM forum and didn't see an answer.
I inadvertently uninstalled a printer from SysPrefs>Printers and Faxes dialog box. The printer worked great and the particular driver I was using was very hard to find (not sure if I could find it again).
1. Is there a way to restore the printer and driver using Time Machine.
2. If not, could I manually reinstall the driver from a backup and if so, where would I find the driver?

You should be able to readd it to the prefPane without restoring any drivers.

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