#4 Proving Press questions

Greetings, All!

I’m a first time poster to this great site.  I have a #4 Proving Machine Serial #9009 sitting around getting rusty.  Does this press have any value, and what would be the best way of selling it.  We’ve had it for at least 35 years, and during that time, it was used rarely for ink testing in our lab.  Any info your can offer will be greating appreciated!  I can supply pictures if anyone is interested.  We are located in central New Jersey.

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Tara Galal
Tara Galal
14 years ago

If you are selling I might also be interested in purchasing! I’m located in Jersey City right now but I also stay in Central NJ (Clinton/Flemington) sometimes.

14 years ago

I would be interested in purchasing it if you are selling!

Jessica Peterson
14 years ago

Hey- I would love to see pictures of your No. 4! Post them when you have a chance. Thanks.

Paul Moxon, Moderator
14 years ago

Yes, please to add photos. It will be helpful in determining it’s value. You are also welcome to post your contact info. The serial number tells us it was built in 1940 (https://vandercookpress.info/vanderblog/sn/). Based on seeing numerous other No.4s of this era (and the term “Proving”) yours is an old style version. This is my own designation for those featuring springed load cabinet doors and an externally mounted cylinder trip lever. Also the earliest ones do not have gripper pedal. The pedal is desirable for close register work. However, only a physical inspection of the press, especially the under rails can establish an accurate value. With age usually comes wear.

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