I.D. of this press

Bought a small table top press missing ink disk and chase. Need to ID the brand. it’s in the 3X5 size as the bed measures 7X5&1/2. This press is self inking(got a set of rollers)Workmanship is high quality. interesting aspect of this press is the adjustments are made to the bed and rails not the platen. It was put together using drive pins. Serial number is 24. photos can be seen on my FB page at https://www.facebook.com/sam.lingo.9085

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looks to be a early young American secretary press

Sorry I couldn’t get photos to load or the search to work. Found on the web a photo of a Young American without the auto ink. The back was the same. Legs the same. So its I.D.ed as a Young American. Now I can start looking for a replacement Ink Disk. And direction to go on this press.

It definitely looks like a Young America press, but I’m not sure the Secretary went that small. I was under the impression that it was 6x10 only. From what I read when I was researching my Secretary, I think each size had its own name, but all I can find right now is that the 4x6 was called “the Circular” - I can’t find my original sources at the moment, but I’ll keep looking. I could’ve sworn I bookmarked the pages.

If anyone has the book, Personal Impressions: The Small Printing Press in Nineteenth-century America by Elizabeth M. Harris, I’ve seen it cited in reference to the Young America Press, and it might have the names of the different sizes in a reprinted YAP sales sheet or something along those lines.

Found it on page 43 of the preview in Google Books: https://www.google.com/books/edition/_/YT8jLqxuQUMC?gbpv=1&bsq=young%20a...

2-1/2 x 4 - The Eagle <—- probably yours
4 x 6 - The Circular
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 - The Mercantile
6 x 9-3/4 - The Secretary
8 x 12 - The Commercial