W A N T E D
D E A D O R A L I V E !
WE WILL BUY YOUR OLD PRINTING PRESS
AND RESTORE IT TO BETTER THAN NEW CONDITION.
SEE THE RESTORED PRESSES BELOW TO SEE WHAT CAN BE DONE WITH THAT RUSTY OLD PRESS YOU FOUND IN YOUR BASEMENT OR GARAGE.
DID YOU FIND A PRESS IN YOUR BASEMENT OR ATTIC?
DO YOU WANT TO SELL THAT PRESS TO SOMEONE WHO WILL DO A GREAT JOB RESTORING IT TO BETTER-THAN-NEW CONDITION?
You can sell it on Craig's list, Briar Press or on eBay - or locally - IF you want to go through the complications or phone calls of selling it yourself.
Or, you can sell it to us. We buy old and broken printing presses and restore them to operating condition, or completely re-manufacture them to better than new.
Or, if you would like to offer a press for "rescue" or need help selling off an estate or other found letterpress equipment, we would be happy to help. Send us photos and we will create a free web page for you as we have done for others.
See the listings.
Photo Gallery of
Restored Table Top Printing Presses
Completely restored to better than factory new.
(note: most of the presses shown on this page were restored by Louis Colavecchio,
who has since retired from the press restoration business.)
See our Kelsey Parts & Repair Page
~~~~~~~~ All presses listed below have been Sold ~~~~~~~~
View list of currently available restorations & customer comments
Contact Excelsior Press Museum Restoration Shop
to check for current availability & pricing
5x8 Kelsey Victor
Side Lever Presses
BETTER THAN NEW!
Note the re-designed Extra-heavy-duty lever and drive connection links on this press. (photo above) These are brand new parts - cast of ductile steel and twice the size - and twice the strength - of the original parts installed when this press was first built. We have identified these as a 'weak point' in the original Kelsey design and have cast new parts to exceed the strength and reliability of the original.
This press also includes the new style Victor handle and a set of brand new 30-durometer rubber rollers cast by us.
The original impression shaft and linkages have been replaced with a heavier-duty design to give you more impression with less effort - and less chance of breaking the press under too much strain.
Restored Press, including new rollers, beefed-up impression system and fresh paint - applied before the parts were re-assembled.
Other presses restored in the recent past:
Kelsey Excelsior Side-Arm 6x10" Press
Mechanically restored to better than new.
Repainted, with new feed board & rollers
Kelsey Excelsior Model U 5x8" Press
Classic older style Excelsior
- with custom paint
Classic newer model Kelsey Excelsior 5x8
like it just came from the factory
6x10 Kelsey Excelsior Model X Platen Press
This is what makes the Model X so special - the single-shaft, free floating double roller arm assembly - similar to that used by Chandler & Price on their table top Pilot press - as well as all other platen presses in their line for nearly 100 years.
This assembly assures far better control over roller pressure - and roller parallel alignment - than the more common "double hook" design of the standard Excelsior.
Kelsey 9x13" Press
~ Fully Restored; very old. A Collector's Item ~
A very uncommon model. Few were made; few still exist today.
Other Representative Restorations
Restored Cooks Victor 6x9" press.
See more about this press
Craftsmen Imperial Model 5x8
more on Craftsmen Presses
Chandler & Price 6 1/2" x10" Pilot
Old Style - note the frame detail
more on Pilot Presses
Side-by-side comparison of C&P Pilot & Kelsey 6x10 Victor
Both presses have approximately the same chase size and printing area, however the Pilot is much "beefier" with about 50 pounds more mass & strength.
All presses are completely restored to better than factory new.
Missing parts are often cast new of ductile steel.
New 30-durometer rollers are in perfect condition
Shipping f.o.b. Frenchtown, NJ, 08825 USA
DOMESTIC SAFE CRATING: $85*
INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: CRATING COST IS $ 125.00.*
*presses up to 100 pounds
from some of our many satisfied customers:
March 18, 2010:
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