Parts list for Squintani Model 5


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We have a nearly operational Squintani Model 5 treadle press, but there are a couple of pieces that need to be fabricated. I am trying to find a pattern with which to make the chase and another for the guide/sheet catcher assembly.

Is there someone on this list that has a similar press and could photograph these for me? I don’t know if the Model 6 may be similar but I doubt the table top versions would be.

What would be really great is if there was someone that has these parts or if there were plans for them.

Attached pic is from during installation in the new studio. Things have changed a bit since then.


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Sounds and looks Italian…I would contact the Italian printing museum Tipoteca:


Made in London :)

Actually made in London maybe, the sales address for Squintani in the 1890s was in Bishopsgate right by Liverpool Street Main Line Station. There used to be a chap up in the Peak District somewhere who had a table top 4 who made some effort to start a discussion group, but think it withered.
I sold my own 4 to a lady in Galway R.O.I. Post WW2 they were commonly offered by Excelsior Supply in Farringdon Road London Ec. I would try the Librarian at the St Brides Institute Printing Museum, Fleet Street in London, he might know a man who knows, might even have a catalogue …
My 4 had once been Roy Lewis’ Keepsake Press.


Thanks @harrildplaten for the info. Really appreciated. We didn’t realise when we bought the press how seemingly rare these models are. Which on the one hand is pretty cool, but on the other, it makes it hard to find parts or patterns when you want it for more than just an ornament.

From the St Brides Institute Printing Museum search engine, I see they have a couple of copies of Squintani’s “How to Print” and “A short history of the Model in Britain” by Hardwick. But they are not digitised I think. I will do as you suggest and contact the Librarian and see where we go. I’ll post back.

You don’t happen to have any photos of the Model 4 do you?


I have a Model no.3 - a table-top machine, chase 9’ x 6”, so a much smaller press altogether. But on the ‘British Letterpress’ site there is a section devoted to the Model, with a brief history:
This references a ‘Bob Richardson’ who sounds knowledgeable about Model presses. (There’s a link to a photograph of the parts for a Model no.3 although probably not relevant for a no.6. as you say).

It’s a shame that the ‘user group’ idea came to nothing, as I was trying in vain to find a replacement ink disk last year (I am going to have to get mine ‘skimmed’ by a motor engineer to get it true again).
Good luck in the search!

It has been a long time since I have logged onto the site. I miss seeing the interesting post and newly found items.

I have a Model or 2. Although, my Models are the US Manufactured version, they are quite similar.

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I don’t know if I may be able to help you with your particular dilemma but I do have some knowledge of these Models.
With the UK Versions - Squintani Models and the Model Press Manufactured Presses, Platenprinter is quite knowledgeable. He has pointed me in the right direction from time to time.
I do believe the Squintani Model NO 4 is the same size as the Daughaday Model NO 3, which I have 2 of these floor Treadle Presses.
Sadly, I do not have any parts to offer but maybe some photos or a size of a particular part, if that helps, feel free to contact me.


Squintani patented his version of Daughaday’s Model press in the UK in 1877. He was in a partnership and when they split in the 1880s the business became the Model Printing Press Company and then a few years later they were taken over by Excelsior Printing supplies. There might be some information here of use to you.

Word of warning, the roller stock diameters changed at different times. I learnt this the hard way on a No 2 and had to have the a roller saddle repaired.

I love the link you shared. Quite impressive, a vast amount of information.
I recently came across my first Model Press NO4 manufactured by the Model Press Company of London. It is extraordinarily large. Sadly, it is my only UK Model Version. I have 124 Models and only 1 from the UK. I would love to add more, Especially the French Version and Swedish Version. They are a little more ornate than the common Models.
Again, thanks for sharing the link.

Hi everyone,

My humblest apologies for not replying sooner. Not sure how to get this forum to send me notifications of posts to the thread. Was building a new work bench last weekend, so wasn’t looking at the computer.

Thanks for the links and for the very useful information. I see that there are various designs for the guide assemblies. The guide assemblies on the hand presses look more simplistic than the larger Model presses.

From what I can see, the guide assembly appears to be a rod bolted from the ends and the two uprights screwed through the side. What kind of metal are these? I presume they are not mild steel but rather some kind of spring steel.

Petspo1, I love your set up. If you are able, would it be possible to see what these assemblies look like in your machines? But seriously, though… 124 presses?? That’s one heck of a lot of type and your right leg muscles must be enormous.

Platenprinter, thank you for the Flickr link. I see too that not only did the roller stock change but pretty much everything else did too.

I have not come across the Daughaday Model presses here.

Some further questions, does the guide assembly move on the lower axis? Or do the upright guides crush against the platen when it moves forward?

I notice that the upright guides are attached with either a machine screw or wing nut.

What do the upright guides line up against in relation to the chase? I see that on the chases the roller indentations provide correct pressure for the type, so where do the guides sit when the platen is closed?

In passing there were regular adverts for Model presses in the 18802-80s in a UK journal called ‘The Garland’ . Quite remarkably one of a Model 4 (with wood engraved detailed pic), faced on the opposite page an advert for ”Turks Islands Salt” , which was placed as an ad by my Great Grandfather who came from Turks. And who was of course the son of American Refugees.