Is there any chance any of you gentlemen might know what this is?
Found in Greece, from a typographer who’s closed down five years now. His father was a typographer too so it’s at least 50 years old. I couldn’t examine it very much because there were stuff all around (hence the bad pics, sorry for that) so I couldn’t find any maker’s mark. What confused me is the missing inking disc, but I guessed it’s somewhere around (I found two chases thrown somewhere nearby).
Here are some more images:
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The press is probably of german origin. Another typographer (not the one who owns this press) told me that most platen jobers found in Greece are Vicobold Victorias but the images of Victorias I find on the net are not similar to the one pictured above. Any ideas as to what it might be?
I just saw this on a new post at this contacts flickr site. Minerva may be the brand. He is in Spain. Look at his shots of his press.
Mike thanks a lot for the answer it does look like the press I found. I don’t think that minerva is the brand though; I think minerva means platen press in Spanish. I’ll comment on one of the pics and ask. Thanks a lot!