equipment in use at the Excelsior Press

Original Victor
Table Top Platen Press

designed and manufactured by James Cook of Meriden, CT. circa 1880
  Chase size 6"x9" - strong impression

UPDATE - 7/8/09
 - only hours after restoration was completed...
(See, I wasn't kidding about this press will go fast...)

Restored, repainted, ready to print
July 4, 2009
Victor Platen Press - front
Victor Side Lever Press - built before 1890, restored in 2009
- and ready for another 100 years' service

Victor Printing Press - front view, closed position
Press on impression, showing new 30-durometer rubber rollers and new feed board

This press is fully restored, painted & pin striped and lettered in gold. It comes with with a brand new chase which was cast & machined recently in Rhode Island. It has a new, varnished feed board and a new set of rollers & trucks made just for this press.

It will sell for $1750 and is worth every penny of that. The 6x9 Victor is a very stout bench top press and basically has the same capabilities of the popular - but increasingly hard to find  C&P Pilot. See Engineering Details of the Victor Press for some close up shots of the Victor press construction.

This press was likely built before 1890 - well over a hundred years ago and will likely still be in service a hundred years from now. And, as they say about real estate, "they ain't making it any more"...

Although the chase - and therefore the image area of the C&P Pilot is .5" higher and 1" wider, both will handle the same size sheet. Otherwise, this press gives good impression and is quite robust. It will far out perform even the 6x10 Kelsey and can do much more - and do it much better - than the more common 5x8 Kelsey Excelsior.

Victor Platen Press - back view
as a work in progress

Victor Platen Press
See a previously restored Victor Press featured on Briar Press

Contact Alan or Lou to inquire about this press.


See the impression that can be expected from a 6x9 Victor. This cannot be matched by any Kelsey Press - or just about any other table top machine, except perhaps for the C&P Pilot.
Elisa Tsang tested the impression on her Victor using standard hard packing and some Ludlow slugs we cast for her to make the samples shown below: (The font is 42 Point Garamond. The paper is 110# Letra.)
Impression capable with a Victor Platen Press

Impression Test Victor 6x9"...For packing, I used oiled tympan on top, with a pressboard and oiled sheet underneath. Do you think I am pushing the machine too far?  When I pull the lever to make the impression, I am not hitting much
resistance at all to get a full motion from the lever. I know it has made its full motion since there is a large platelike piece that rotates to horizontal when the press is closed and it would tap the upper opening on the side of the press (I tested without anything in the chase and platen to be sure).

The paper is 110# Cranes Lettra in pearl. Let me know if you think I am pushing the machine too hard. I don't want to harm it... But am really happy with the impression it gives. You and Lou were right about this press being superior to other hand operated platen presses. I don't think the other small presses can get this much impression!  Then again I may just be biased to my
press. =)

Always enjoy chatting with you!

No worries, Elisa. You are not pushing the press too hard. It was made to produce impression like this. It moves smoothly and easily and is designed to give you good leverage with little effort required to make a good, strong impression.
Victor Platen Press
If there had been a competition among table top platen presses in 1890, this press would have indeed been
"The Victor"

See Also:
Discussions about the Victor on Briar Press:

Contact Alan or Lou to inquire about this press and to discuss the cost to crate and ship this press to you.

page last updated July 8, 2009