Small Press ID

A friend purchased this small press on an auction site. I’d love to know what it is. Also, the roller is wood (and after screwing and unscrewing the chase and fiddling with the saddles, we had no luck getting the roller to touch the ink disc. However, we were able to manually ink the 6 pt type and get a print! I would appreciate any thoughts and help.

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Probably a Baltimore No 11

Thanks, dicharry.

Chicago Sigwalt a similar later copy of the Baltimore.
tandem 2 roller hook is a number 11
you need 2 new rollers with trucks.

Ah, ok toddspresstime, thanks for that. I was wondering. They are bent, but I think we can work with that.


As You state that You can not make the one roller touch the ink disk, 2 possibilities, in the ratio of about 50/50 (generally) the disc revolves freely on its *stub* spindle and can be withdrawn for wash up purposes If/When.?


On some Table tops the Disc is retained by a simple split pin and washer, perhaps take a close inspection and ascertain which was applicable to Yours, looking for the Absence of any Missing washer/Washers which would influence the height of the Disc, here U.K. we usually, or where possible, incorporate either a stainless steel or a nylon washer under the disc.

2nd possibility, as the Hooks look a little, *out of sorts* possibly try the One roller for fit into the slots in the Hooks, even with the roller end right into the Hook(s) would normally expect to see less than 1/16” free play,!

If there is more than the above by a big margin, it is possible that original rollers would have been carried in Brass sliding blocks which would have the effect of sitting the rollers and trucks farther out and down in the Hooks, giving the springs a little more chance to bring the rollers into contact.?

As a crude proving point (perhaps) source 2 lengths of wooden dowel that will slot into the hooks, sit the both on to the middle of the Ink Disc and prove OR disprove the ability of the springs to bring the dowels into contact with the disc.

Take a close look under the disc, looking to see IF the finger that normally rotates the Disc is actually prescribing the correct *arc*, if it is a fixed part of the mechanism and can-not be altered in its stroke, does it appear to contact the ratchet teeth in the correct plane, by implication suggesting the Correct OR Incorrect disc for the machine,
the Stub/Spindle may well be the same fitting but not the correct height.
One more little check, take a close look at the point where the *Boss* - the part that carries the Ink Disc assembly onto the rear of the Bed - looking for 2 substantial bolts that anchor the Disc assembly to the rear of the Bed,! possibly see the 2 bolts in elongated slots for Up/Down adjustments, (by default) Too, low.?

Apologies for the above >rubbish< but may provoke some genuine info.

Good Luck. - Mick. U.K.

Thanks, Mick. I will look at all of this. Now realizing much too late that the wooden “roller” is not a roller at all. No trucks just a wooden dowel with two end pieces that slip (rather loosely) into the hooks. I am only used to my Golding 5x8 and C&P 8x12, which arrived ready to print. So I need to go through your list and see what’s up. We did check for a washer, but I want to take it apart again to be sure.
Thanks for all your thoughts.