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
THIS PRESS HAS BEEN SOLD
- 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 Side Lever Press - built before 1890, restored in 2009
- and ready for another 100 years' service
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.
as a work in progress
See a previously restored Victor Press featured on Briar Press
Contact Alan or Lou to inquire about this press.
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.)
If there had been a competition among table top platen presses in 1890, this press would have indeed been
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