Daughaday Model 2

Hello Everyone,

I’ve come across a press that I know very little about—a Daughaday Model 2. It is in quite good shape, and although I haven’t printed on it yet seems like it will function fine. The counterweights provide a wonderfully nice feeling action. It is in unusually good shape, however, and is mostly rust free and is a flat black in color. I also see at least one weld, which makes me believe that this press was restored at some point in it’s life. But if that’s true, it was restored at least a good number of years ago.

What do we collectively know about these presses? I’ve see Todd talk a bit about them in the following posts.


From that I’ve gathered that they were painted with red and gold accents, which appears to be gone. Are there any other identifying marks that would tell me about the history of the press?

There is also a listing on Letterpress Commons that states that it was produced towards the end of the nineteenth century.


Let me know your thoughts, thank you for your time as always.


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They are my press of choice. Joshua Daughaday was one of the early self inking press makers. The Gothic design and unique hand pin-striping.
They came in all sizes from business card to 7x11, I know of. There was some later oversea copies. There new line up of presses they called Model replaced there earlier presses I have only seen early ones in books. If you ever used one you would notice the handle is double jointed it snaps up at full pressure keeping the copies consistent over the run. That is a early one you can tell by casting holding the 2 haves together down by feet it was replaced by simple angle iron in later ones. Shipping is there down fall they need to be disassembled or shipped on a skid, even lifting the handle and pivot bars seem like good handles till they brake and press drops on your feet. The pride of my small press collection is the model tiny the business card size.

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As you say, known in the UK as a ‘Model’ platen. I once had a No 2, and sold it on to a lady in Galway in the Republic of Ireland. I know that the Model range was being sold in the 1890s from an address in Bishopsgate (street) in the City of London, and I mean ‘The City’, and the name was Squintani, and his ads appeared in a humour journal for gentlemen called ’ Garland.’. They were still being sold in the 1950s by The Excelsior Printers Supply Co in Farri8ngdon Road,also in London. and, in passing,
back in the 30s (?20s?) one was bought by Virginia Woolf to start her Hogarth Press. ( Soon replaced with a treadle platen )