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C&P 8x12 needing a new home.Chandler & Price New Series 8x12
serial number B58012 - manufactured towards the end of 1917.
Sally's inquiry to us:
subject: My father's old C&P
C&P serial number B58012
"I have the above letterpress in my basement. While just having it there brings back fond memories of my Dad using it, it has been gathering dust for 30+ years so I've decided I would like to get rid of it. It meant so much to my father that I really don't want to scrap it and hope that someone else can get some use and/or enjoyment out of it. Are you interested? I'm afraid my sisters sold the chases at a yard sale so I don't have any of those.
Thanks, Sally Earl"
Sally's Dad, Rodney Pugh, got this press in the late fifties and used it at first for commercial - and later for personal printing. For the past 30 or so years, it has been well kept, stored in the clean, dry basement where he had used it. Now the house is up for sale and the press must be moved to a new home - and NOT the scrap yard. The press includes a leather drive belt, a Readington counter, a full-cover gear guard for safety, and it can accept a foot treadle.
This press is nearly ready to print as is. The motor (if used) will need to be tested.
It probably could do with a good, deep oiling.
It is missing a chase, and needs a new set of rollers, but they are both readily available.
This press has been well-protected in a dry basement. The paint is good, there is almost no rust to be concerned about. It appears to be just about ready to print as it is - maybe an hour or two cleaning, oiling, mounting a new set of rollers and it can go back to what it has always done best - Letterpress Printing....
This Readington Counter will let you know just how many pieces have been printed. It's easy to reset to zero at the beginning of a press run and will please your ears as it clicks off the impressions...
BTW - It will not advance while the press is idling and not on impression, so you will get a true count of your run.
The press was painted green and, since there is almost no rust to be concerned about, will clean up nicely and be an attractive addition to any print shop...
After dis-assembly, the press will be narrowed to 22" wide and will have to fit through a the basement door, then up some steps. A vehicle or trailer can be positioned at the top of the steps for loading as well as to serve as an anchor for a chain-hoist or winch. Press cannot be removed in one piece.
Press appears to be in very good to excellent condition
Press is as-is in Springfield, VA. Moves smoothly.
Needs oil, rollers and a bit of tlc.
to make an offer and discuss moving of this press
Note: I travel to this area once a month. While in the area, I would be available for one day, for a fee of $250, to disassemble this press in place.
For an additional $100, I can either meet with buyer and advise on/supervise loading onto a U-Haul 5x8 ramp trailer, or document each step of dis-assembly and post details online.
Dis-assembly, removal, moving & reassembly & setup value approx. $1500
(by an experienced letterpress mechanic & shop mover)
plus $1.50 mile over 30 miles from Springfield, VA.
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