During my clean up, I found four different sets of numbers. The first, I thought was the serial number, but then I just kept finding others.

Can anyone give me a heads up about what any of these numbers would mean? Also, would they help with dating the device? (I know that the Model C was only built in the UK for a very short and specific timeframe).

I have attached photos below, but in summary, the numbers and locations are as follows (the photo file numbering reflects this list):

1) On the front bar of the press: 154-33
2) On the side panel to the right of the chase bed: 152/659
3) At the top the chase bed itself: CM 260
4) On the very top panel at the back, (where the back Vicobold logo is printed): CH H7.

Any light that could be shed would be very gratefully received,
Thanks in advance,

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Some are part numbers cast into the parts during manufacture , the serial numbers will be stamped in like the one you show in the presses bed , i dont actually know where yours will be located but the one in your bed could be it . I dont work on these so it will be for someone who knows better than I to point out the location .

As Peter said, any raised numbers are part numbers. For them to be raised requires them to be part of the original part mold. This would mean the same number is cast into each copy of the part. I think for most platen presses, the serial number is stamped into the bed somewhere. I’m no expert but I’d say the chances are very good that the number on the bed just under the chase latch is the serial number. The fact that it looks hand struck (not all characters exactly on line, slightly wonky letterspacing, somewhat different drive depths) just makes me think so even more.

As for the number on the front arm, please excuse my ignorance, but I know nothing about Vicobold presses. Is this arm part of a sub-assembly like a feeder or the like? If so, that might have it’s own serial number.

Michael Hurley
Titivilus Press
Memphis, TN

Being removable and not part of the machines main body would eliminate the possibility of the number on the arm being its serial number ,it is probably likely the part No also and that it was produced as a replacement at some point .
I have found parts with engraved marks on many machines in the past sometimes it signifies a repair date ,sometimes its the engineers mark so that the repair company has a track to the engineer himself in the event of a revisit or problem with the work .
I worked on a Corta Guillotine some years ago and every part was hand engraved ,research found it was made out of bespoke parts in its entirity and every other machine out there had it cast into the parts none of which would actually fit this particular machine !