Found a Golding Official and want to learn more about it.

While going through boxes from my stepfather’s estate I found what I believe to be a Golding Official Junior press. I know it has to be very old but I have no idea why my stepfather had it as he worked most of his life for the railroad. I have attached pictures and would appreciate any help in positively identifying it. Can you tell me if it looks to be complete or are there parts missing? Is there any demand for this type of press and what might the value be? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Looks like a Golding No. 1 Patented 1878? cant read it, do not know how many years the style ran. Single roller identifies it as a toy more valuable to collectors then users. Value 250.00 and up. Missing fingers and roller no big deal. Look me up when you want to sell it or set it up to use.


It does indeed appear to be an Official Junior which has inside chase dimensions of 2” x 3”. If you decide you would like it to print again, I make trucks and roller cores for all Golding presses and have original specs for the size of the roller. As pointed out, it really is more of a toy than a serious press, but, Golding presses are so well made even this size press could print small items. Cute little press!

Midmomom et al.

The wife of one of my friends used a press like this Golding Junior to print [in single colour] the names of bride and groom and a suitable decoration on tissues (US napkins?) to go with a complete set of wedding stationery [printed by hubby]. Very suitable for printing on paper which can be only hand-fed, e.g. tissue. Don’t know if number of tissues provided were at least double the number of guests so one tissue could be used, and a second tissue to take home as memento. Alan.

Thanks to everyone for your comments. I guess for right now I’ll just hold on to it, continue to research and try to find out all I can about it.

If you post the serial number of the press, I may be able to find it in the Golding & Co. logbook of serials, which gives the date each batch of Golding presses was finished at the factory. The serial number of ALL Golding presses is located on the surface of the bed of the press, in the center, just under the rim of the ink disk. Also give me the inside dimensions of the chase so that I can be sure of the model.

-Steve Saxe