equipment in use at the Excelsior Press
Press Identification Challenge
Who Made This Press?
And Where and When?
(see link below for a very possible answer, and come back later to learn more about the interesting history of this partiular press.)

unidentified platen press
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Email received from Petros in Greece:

"I attached a few pictures of a platen job press which I discovered somewhere in mainland Greece.  The only information I do know about this press is that it was bought in 1915. I also tryed to check for any trademarks, however it was not possible to identify any. If the chase size means the size of paper to to be printed it is about an A4 size. As for the diameter of the ink table, it is not more than 20 cm."

  1. Purchased in 1915
  2. Found in Greece
  3. Chase A4 size (inches: 8 1/4 x 11 11/16 metric: 210 x 297)
  4. Ink table 20 cm (20 centimeter = 7.875 inch)

While I don't recognize the press itself, I can see some interesting features.

1. First of all, it appears to be a modification of a small press which was initially designed for a table top, then modified to be mounted on a base of its own. This appears to have been a factory option. But this press was not designed from the start to be a free standing machine, so it's likely from a company focused on building smaller presses as opposed to heavy industrial machines.


2. The roller arms are reminiscent of the early Kelsey presses. Although even Kelsey eventually built serious roller arm assemblies on their 6x10 Model X, most Kelsey and other table top presses, use a very basic 'hook' assembly for mounting the rollers on independent spring-loaded shafts

roller arms

3. It appears to use a clamshell platen system - similar to presses made by Golding, but the feedboard and treadle system are not at all familiar.

Conclusion: This may be a European hybrid clone of a Golding design from the turn of the century.

Any other ideas are quite welcome: comments    or please join the disccusion at Briar Press

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