New old design Golding Jobber No. 7

Friends. I have found quite a few odd Golding presses in the past. I thought I was done being surprised. Then, along came this. Has anyone seen or have a Golding Jobber No. 7 that looks like this?

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‘Tis a pretty one, John.

nice find, whats the chase size?

10 x 15 chase

Looking at the Golding build logbook, it shows Jobber #7 started production in 1876 and refers to a “box frame.”

Starting with s/n 2000 in Oct. 1898 the model was changed to “Jobber 7 Improved.” I’ll bet that’s when the curvy solid frame was introduced.

Does that date say 1878? What is the serial number? I see s/n 37-60 were built that year. Very early Golding!

HI Ken,

Thanks for sharing. It is 1878 but I do not have it home yet to read the s/n. I read the log book too. It’s got interesting change info I will study more when the press is in the shop. I have a Golding catalog from 1881 and the Jobber was already the familiar curvy solid body we see often, so Golding changed the design rapidly in the early years. This one just doesn’t seem to be around even in pictures. It’s going to be fun to get to know.

Hi John, Very interesting, thanks.

My press is a 1909 Jobber #6 which I love.

Yeah, Golding was never one to rest on his laurels. He was constantly changing and innovating. I expect they either had rigidity or cracking problems with the lighter-weight, more open design and so went to the heavier, more solid frame we’re all more used to.

Our Jobber No.7 is also an unusual one, but from 1915. According to the log book it was one of a batch of 25 that were the first machines to be built with a new ink disk mechanism that allows the amount of rotation to be adjusted. I sometimes think every Golding press that came off the line was in some way unique. William seems to have been an inveterate tinkerer.