I need sleep…

Have already wasted a good week of evenings in front of the computer. Can someone please identify this recently acquired Proof Press or at least provide a lead…


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The “#” sign is a problem, but not “.”, so it isn’t all punctuation

Updated, thanks.

Its a roller proof press, lots of firms made them here in England. They feature in catalogues by Ullmer, Harrild and Caslon etc. Sometimes the name is cast into the roller sometimes they’re unnamed so you may never know! Perhaps some folks Stateside can suggest some names because without a nameplate or some casting you’ll always be guessing. Dont lose sleep over it though - life’s too short. Rest easy on the fact you’ve got a nice useable thing there.
Jez. :)

Your search should remain concentrated on a European source. I have never seen one like this that was manufactured in the United States.The large diameter on the plate on the cylinder next to the handle is something I have ever seen featured on anything made over here.


I’ve checked every square inch of the frame and cylinder for some form of identification, with no success.

When time permits, I’ll strip back the multiple layers of paint and see what it reveals, otherwise, English most likely… it’s been in Australia for the last 40 years that I know of.

And…. The ‘Hook’ at the end of the galley???

Is it similar to this one I stubled accorss last night? Is it the Devils Tail Press? I dunno.


Could it be a CHALLENGE proof press?

This kind of proof press was first made by press manufacturer R. Hoe & Co in New York, after a member of the firm saw a Boston printer lay two rails on either side of a galley and run a roller over the form. They became very popular for rough proofs. The Miles Nervine patent medicine company gave a version with its name cast on it to newspapers in return for advertising space. There were many generic versions made as well. They are all over the US even now.