Help!Which letterpress suits?

Hi everyone!
Another newbie to the letterpress community! I have been following the discussion here for a bit now and I appreciated all the helpful info and spirit here.

We would like to print some of our graphic works on a letterpress and have been researching and looking around for whats on the market. However we were wondering if someone with more experience could give us some suggestions.

We would like to mainly print greeting cards, invitations, etc and are looking to buy smth. that could print A4. However we do want to get the letterpress look and get a bit of depth as well…

We were eyeing this small press, a Boston Tiegel, the manufacturer is called Liberty Machine Works, the model is a No. 8 Americana from 1910. I’ll attach the images below.

Otherwise we were also looking at a Heidelberg Stella however it feels like a very big press to buy to start with….apart from the problem of moving it crosscountry.

If anyone has any other suggestions what could be a good option, any comments very much appreciated.
Also regarding the depth issue of the prints (don’t intend to make a hole in the paper, just a kiss) & some important things to check before buying.


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The pictures look good. Check for repairs. I don’t see grippers, but the bar is there so you should be able to have some made. You should be able to get very nice prints with this press.

thanks for the help. I saw that its possible to order them online from the US but maybe I can also find a place in Europe…

I noticed you mentioned A4, not sure if you mean you want to print on that size or if you want to print a plate that size. It is my understanding that the printed image should be about 1/2 the size of the chase. I have a CP tabletop which is very similar to that. It was my experience that printing even to that parameter was tricky at best on a single impression. I recently purchased a 10x15 - which is very big, very hard to move.

You can run the paper through as many times as you like though and do multiple impressions etc to fill an A4 sheet.

You can get more of an impression by putting a backing ( tape or paper ) behind your stock

Tandem, look here for presses in Europe:

Every day new stuff available. Probably cheaper as well…