Not sure what type of press this is?

I recently became an owner of a C&P “new style” press & cutter, however this much smaller (press?) came with it too.

There isn’t a serial number or any marks on it. It looks pretty old to me, but I’m not even sure if it’s a press for type? Any answers or ideas would help. Thanks

5 thoughts on “Not sure what type of press this is?

  1. The Arm NYC - November 8, 2011

    Katie,
    That’s entirely up to you! But I think I might know of some interested folks if you decided you wanted to sell it.

    Just out of curiosity, does it have any identifying marks across the back of the gear rack? (that’s the flat part with the teeth)

    Dan

  2. Katie - November 8, 2011

    Thanks guys! Dan, do you think it’d be worth it to donate it to a museum? Or just try to sell it to a collector?

  3. The Arm NYC - November 8, 2011

    Ha! I wondered where my comment went!

    Don’t go too crazy cleaning this one up. This press likely has more value to civil war collectors than it does in the printing trade and those folks tend to prefer original/unrestored patina.

    Dan

  4. kyle van horn - November 8, 2011

    Looks like you’re right Martha – Dan Morris commented on the photo (but not the post) over here. https://vandercookpress.info/vanderblog/2011/11/not-sure-what-type-of-press-this-is/press-1-2/

    It is a little gem, equal parts vandercook, iron hand, and sign press. Very fun.

  5. Martha Chiplis - November 6, 2011

    I don’t really know anything about this kind of press, but it does look a lot like this- a Cincinnati Type Foundry Army Press, first manufactured in 1862-

    http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/object.cfm?key=35&objkey=8555

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