Help Identifying Platen Press

Can anybody identify this platen press? I’m not sure the year the photo was taken, but the press dates back to at least the 1920s, possibly well before then. I thought it was a C&P and my professor thought it was an 1884 Challenge Gordon. I don’t know too much about printing presses, so I did not catch any blatant clues. Any help would be much appreciated.


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I believe straight spokes on the flywheel didn’t come into use until the 20th century. In the case of C&P around 1913. This looks like a C&P New Series press with a ink fountain bracket (but no ink fountain). Probably 10x15 or 12x18. The only thing that makes me doubt that is the location of the feed table bracket and post…on the outside of the bull gear.

I suppose this photo is all you have to go on? No ability to look at the press itself?

Yes, this is the only photograph I have. The press was sold about 40 years ago and its whereabouts are unknown.

It could still be an early C&P new style. I run one that was set up to have an auto feeder where the the feed board bracket is outside the bull gear.


looks like a C&P new style

my 1930 new style
was originally set up with auto feeder
feed table post also outside the gear

also had extra controls
on throw off lever
that would automatically
moved throw off lever

check the serial number

yours truly