Please help identify this tabletop platen press!

Hi - A friend of mine works at a community arts center where this tabletop press has been sitting for some years. She wants to get it in working order, but needs help identifying it. I looked through the press museum online, but had no luck. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

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It’s a Golding Official Map Press, so called because they were used to imprint information on the edges of much larger sheets like maps and architectural drawings. While unorthodox, the press is capable of fine work. Just be sure you have a TIGHT lockup in the chase, or type will fall out on impression. It looks like it is an 8x12. Does she have chases?

Thanks so much! I am pretty sure there are no chases or rollers, but won’t know for sure until I go to look at it next weekend. Do you have any good ideas of where to purchase parts for restoration?

For parts you should definitely speak to Mike Anton in St. Louis. Here is his website:

And Steve Saxe will be able to tell you the date of manufacture from the serial number. He has a lot of original Golding literature in his reference library.

Daniel Morris
The Arm Letterpress
Brooklyn, NY