Can you identify this?

Says Warner on the body, has some type set in the little box/chase and a heating option. A press for??? Any info. would be great, thank you.

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It is a rubber stamp making press. The type was pressed into a matrix while heated, then a piece of un-vulcanized rubber was pressed into the mold created. The rubber could be trimmed and mounted on a handle.

While rubber stamps have been pretty well replaced with photopolymer materials, I do believe supplies are still available for these machines.

This is a rubber stamp press, i have two and still make my rubber stamps with them. dick G.

It is for making rubber stamps.

jhenry recently said,
“The type was pressed into a matrix while heated,”

Very slowly, I might add. The matrix board must be allowed to slowly melt into the heated type under gradual, light to medium pressure with the handle until the handle locks into place. It usually only takes a minute or two, but if you go jamming it down straight-a-way, you will ruin the type.

After about 10 minutes (I think), the press is opened up and the matrix board is removed from the type, and the chase is flipped over and the matrix is placed on that side facing up. Then the rubber is placed on the matrix and it’s put back in the press for another 10 min or so. Dick, or somebody, correct me if I’m wrong on the times….I haven’t used mine in a couple of years.

They are really neat little units.



Dave, the only thing is you have to pre-heat the type for 5 minutes before you make the mould, or the type will wear faster, everything else is right on, even the part about neat little units. I buy my supplies from Millenium Marking Products, have have great luck with them, very good to do business with, and they carry everything. Dick G.

Thanks all, of course it sounds like fun/another adventure…

I’ve had pretty good luck printing rubber stamps mounted type high in my 6x9 Sigwalt. So this might be an interesting way to create printing plates from damaged wood type, zincs with rotted blocks, etc. Or to preserve the image of a mag cut before it oxidizes away.


I have had luck with wood mounted mag and zinc cuts, but I doubt that the wood type surface would be able to hold the heat required to make a proper matrix for a rubber stamp, unlike the metal in a mag or zinc cut, even though it’s mounted on wood.
I could be wrong, but I doubt it.


I worked setting hand type, mostly lead but there was a lot of wood type that we would use to make rubber plates with. The wood type held up well, although some of the letters shrunk a little, but not many. I wouldn’t use wood type i own to make stamps. Dick G.