Please help me identifying this Press

Could you please help me identifying this press used in the Kickstarter-trailer for the Letterpress Documentary “Pressing On”?

I attached some screenshots, the time stamp in the trailer is from 0:43 to 0:55

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This looks like a replica of the Cowper’s Parlour Press, as described in Holtzapfel’s book.

The Freinet press that is available from Drucken und Lernen in Germany uses the same principle, but is in aluminium.

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Thomas is correct, of course. I have a nearly identical press built by John Bright (last owner of Sigwalt) It’s not working right now, but when I used it last, it printed very well. It came with a copy of the Holtzapfel book.

From the book Holtzapffel’s Apparatus For The Use Of Amateurs

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This press looks exactly like the replica parlour press commissioned about 20 years ago by Susan Shaw of the Type Archive in London. A number of these were made and sold to printing enthusiasts around the world. The hinge and many other components were manufactured by the same companies involved in the production of Holtzapfel’s original press.

(Mostly) earlier or later, possibly, variations of the Adana Quarto, Horizontal Q.H. or H.Q.? but with the added (debate-able) benefit of Self Inking Rollers.
Several Variations located in our, Amberley Museum (print shop) !
One example, at Front of House, with standing forme *Up* ready to go during Museum opening hours

The standing forme includes, Block,s or Plate,s relevant to any visiting attraction(s).

On sight, upwards of 200 maybe more even, NAMES set on the Ludlow (or Type if the Ludlow is >resting<) - The volunteers ask the relevant Name, slipped into the forme, the Recipient literally prints their own certificate, hung on a Ball Clip and collected when dry.!

Very well loved and appreciated by the Younger Ones, they take a tiny piece of Letterpress with them, and frequently return, following year etc., with siblings for action replay.

The Adults also (frequently) appreciate AND learn, or refresh their own Letterpress, by printing personalised bookmarks etc., on a rebuilt Common Press, which stands side by side with the (working) Columbian Eagle.

The look(s) on the faces of many of the Older visitors, when they espy the Common Press or the Columbian Eagle,
is, as We (U.K.) might say, Worth all the Tea in China,?
or as You may observe (U.S.) worth more than, All theTea dumped in the Harbour at the Boston Tea Party.?? - Mick.