8 Kluge 13x21 presses up for auction in NJ Jan 17th

I just came across an auction listing:

I was astonished to see that they have 8 Kluge 13 x 21 presses in the list! The photo is from the online catalog. The auction is Jan 17th.

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these are likely 12 x 18’s

14x22 or 13x19 or 12x18 or kluge made them in those sizes. Probably 1960’s or earlier.

13-19 has new style steel frame, so i know these are not that. these look like old converted inkers. 14-22 would have curved pipe for feeder head. so that leaves 10-15 which production shops would not buy in this quantity. so that leaves 12-18

The link to Encore’s demise is:


and I see they end up owing us money on a purchase from a while back.

The auctioneer’s name struck a bell of sorts—A.J. Willner—are they they ones who did such an incredibly bad job of handling the ATF auction in 1993?—if so, beware.

I just revisited Willner’s auction site and see that there are 2 engraving presses that they call “plate” presses listed:


These are hand fed steel die engraving presses and are the type used for cards and stationery. Several letterpress printers have talked to me about getting into engraving and here’s the chance, but those presses are very heavy.

Also, the Ludlow cabinet has some interesting mats, and I’m sure there are all sorts of other stuff up for grabs like stones, quoins, furniture, galley cabinets, and the like.

The tale of Encore slipping beneath the waves should be cautionary to many Briar Press subscribers who are attempting to do the very type of work this company produced. With the threats from the internet and the new digital economy, I would think keeping one’s head above water financially is critical.


Re: cautionary tale: What exactly sent Encore under?

Did their demand simply suffer or did they price themselves out of the market or did they follow competitive prices below what they needed to break even?