C&P press, what model am I looking at?

I came across a press, and I’m making a case to my wife that I need it, it’s a good deal etc. A lot of type and such comes with it, though I am a woodblock guy myself, and I’m looking forward to using it as such. I’m coming up short finding anything to compare to. Your expert identification skills would help.

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Unidentified C&P press

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Double handles are a trip, never seen that one before.

Looks otherwise like a normal shovel handled pilot press.

Something like this:

Yep. That’s a ‘old style’ Chandler and Price Pilot. You’d only want/need one of those shovel handles… not sure why they were using two. These presses can (and will) break… so having two handles to apply excessive force is probably a bad idea.


Excessive force… Yes. That is a bad idea.

But, it takes all kinds.
For people who are a bit more… Movement impaired… But who can still feed a press, although might need two arms to be spread out to operate it…. Well, I can see that being a reason to have both the shovel handles on there.

This setup could be good for printing with kids - they always want to pull the lever and don’t always have enough control or power. Aside of that scenario, I’d suggest taking one off and selling it- folks love those shovel handles! You will need to source a retaining collar to take its place.


Is it missing the left side arm?

Does seem to take a few of your *Good Ole` Boys* a long time to put 2 and 2 together.??
Seem to recall that as recently as >this year< there have been references to, U.S. Table Top printing press,s rigged and equipped, for side lever action, that CAN be swapped out from Left to Right and Vice Versa.! Versa,presumably to suit, *left Hookers* & *South Paws*


With a modicom of observation and logic, having the Factored In, ability to change the THRUST & WEAR from side to side, (from the crude one sided effort) to give the plain bearings/journals, equal share, of wear, would seem to make sense.

Hburke: The side arms both appear to be there. There’s a reflection on one that makes it look like the bare shaft.

Mick: the Pilot has always had the option to switch lever from one side to the other. I’m not entirely sure if this was an effort to accommodate left-handed printers or not. The letterpress world in general is set up for right-handed individuals and C&P eventually added a feed board to the Pilot that would impede the use of the lever on the right side.


Despite the fact that it is physically possible to put the Pilot’s lever on the right, it would make things awkward if you got used to feeding the press that way and later chose to move up to a larger platen press. Your trained feeding hand would be on the side of the throw off lever.


Should you acquire the press and want to sell one of the levers we would be delighted to help you recover some of your expense.


T and T Press Restoration



dicharry, thank You for Your corroboration, I did check out the *Handed* facility in the fairly extensive, Library/Archives of our Museum Print Shop.

Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, West Sussex U.K.

Virtually everything in the print shop is demonstrated operational, inc., C. & P. !
One smaller Table Top (which will be checked out tomorrow,
23/07/`17) which for some reason, stands guard over an Intaglio Press, (why is not clear) but is a Side lever press, with a very distinctive circular base, has to be American,?

Thanks again. Mick.