Dutch Press

At the college that I go to they’ve got this, I presume, old press. It’s been standing in this corner in the stairwell since the beginning of time and hasn’t been used for a long time. I think I’m the only one at my college who is interested in letterpress printing and I’ve wanted to acquire this press for a while now. I’ve been asking my teachers for a long time now if they want to sell it or not, but I think they need a whole lot of stimulation before they get rid of it…

My question to you all is this: What kinda press is it and how much would it be worth? I know it needs some work, lots of rusty parts and it needs some oil and a new tympan.

All I know about it is what I found written on a little plate near the disk:

Lettergieterij
“Amsterdam”
voorheen N. Tetterode
AMSTERDAM ROTTERDAM

So It’s probably a Dutch press but that’s all I know.

I’m looking forward to your replies!

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Lettergieterij Tetterode was one of the two most important typefoundries in the Netherlands, the other being Ensched√©. I owned a press like yours many years ago. It’s probablya German press, as Tetterode didn’t manufacture machines themselves, but imported and sold them. A press like this would go for about 500 euros in the Netherlands, but I understand that in the States people are paying over the top. Check out the website of the Dutch small and fine printers: http://www.drukwerkindemarge.com

I might be able to trace my old machine down if you want more information.

Thank you very much! I’ll try to post something on their website.