Marty Veerde, Chair of Printmaking at the Quay School of Fine Arts in Whanganui, New Zealand sent me these photos of a Vanderlook-alike with hopes that I could identify it. Unfortunately, I have no information on this make. It has only two written references on it, one on an attached plate stating “Impression On/Off” and the other cast into the cabinet end with ‘SRL’. I thought it possible that it stood for Saroglia, once a well-known Italian manufacturer of printing presses and the maker of the Canuck proof press. The successor company is MEC Saroglia s.r.l., but in an email reply said it was not theirs.
Prof. Veerde says the press has no provenance or history. “… there are a few things missing off of it that will confuse the casual glance. Unfortunately the motor to power the ink train has been stripped before I got the machine and this would sit very high on the non operator side of the press It also had a protective shroud over the front of the carriage side plate which is missing as there are four screw mounting points there. The way that the ink train (vibrator roller and form rollers) disconnect from the carriage is also very distinctive and the casting for holding this roller train is aluminum.
The gripper trip bracket mounted on the operator side at the end of the bed-way is also another distinctive feature. It is not metric threaded so is either of English or American manufacture. I have just taken the old switch box apart and it has Bill Switchgear, Birmingham, England. Whether this was retrofitted or came with it is difficult to tell, however it does suggest British made.”