Please help identify this very early self inking Kelsey?

We recently acquired this very early 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 Excelsior Kelsey.

We have scoured the internet and have not found any information. It has a quite unique removable chase and ink roller rails as seen in the 3rd photo.

Any help would be appreciated.

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What is written on the side, looks like Gary and Co?
Not a Kelsey, several companies used the Excelsior name.

It’s an early Kelsey. What more information do you need? It has a patent date of 1873.

John, we are mostly curious as to whether there is a “model name”. Model No. 2 ,Kelsey “Junior” or Model-R etc.

Also curious if this was the 1st self-inking press that Kelsey Excelsior produced.

I guess we will just call it ” Our baby”

platenprinter, it hard to see from the pictures but it does say Kelsey & Co, Meridan Conn.

I have attached an ad for this line of presses ( 1873), its tough to see the model name and sizes, but I’m guessing this is the smallest, i.e. the Kelsey Excelsior No. 1 Self-Inker.

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Thank you Kim for being so kind to help. Your post gives us something to work with.

The .pdf in which I found this ad mentions this line-up as being a further refinement of the hand-inker and I’m fairly sure the inference there is that this was Kelsey’s first self-inking press.

If you email me through the contact form I can forward you the .pdf in question, which contains a history of the Kelsey company as well as other early ads.

Thank you. I have send you and email.

Kelsey Excelsior No. 1 Self-Inker. Has 2 rollers but ours has only 1.

Any more ideas would be appreciated very much.

The 1878 Kelsey catalogue posted by Dr. David MacMillan (link below) states at the bottom of page 3 that the Nos. 1 and 2 self-inking presses come with one roller and no gripper mechanism.

Michael Hurley
Titivilus Press
Memphis, TN

Thank you all for your input. It appears to be a Model 1. That is what we wanted to know.
Thank you