Dylan Fareed and I went out to visit John Barrett at Letterpress Things today and he asked me to drag some proof press roller assembly parts back to The Arm to attempt to identify them. I think the second one is a 219 rider roller assembly, but I have no clue on the rest. Anyone have any insight?

Mystery Inking #1Mystery Inking #2Mystery Inking #3Mystery RollersMystery Inking Assembly

Thanks,
Daniel Morris
The Arm Letterpress
Brooklyn, NY

3 thoughts on “Help ID these Vandercook? mystery inking parts”

  1. Great sleuthing, guys! If you happen to hear of someone that needs any of these parts please point them here and I expect John will give them a good deal.

    Dan

  2. Richard Polinski

    I just picked up a Model 17 today and its ink roller assembly is identical to photos 1, 3, and 5. Photo 1 shows the vibrator and idler roller assembly though the vibrator is missing. Photo 3 shows the roller assembly with the roller cores and Photo 5 shows them both together as they would be mounted on the press.

  3. The frame in the third and fifth photos looks to be for a model “17”:https://vandercookpress.info/years09-27.html#17 or similar “Composing Room Cylinder press”:https://vandercookpress.info/downloads/catalogs/pre-1928%20ComposingRmCylinders.pdf.

    The roller cores in the fourth photo looks like those on a No. 4. I think I can make out a slot in the last segment, which is for a screw that fastens the clutch block and a pin fitted into the hollow end of the core. The complete gear and clutch assembly consists eight pieces including screws.

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