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Started by Dave Hughes, June 28, 2011, 01:35:02 PM
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QuoteFor sale: Vintage 12 drawer letterpress with a lot of brass type in an oak cabinet with Bakelite handles.Over a thousand brass printing type blocks in total in the cabinet (not including the smallest set which I haven't bothered counting).There are various font sets, all complete apart from one set in the top right hand drawer which is missing a capital V.There are various number sets, again all complete except the two largest number sets which comprise 0 and 2, and 2, 4, and 8 only. (The first row of numbers in one drawer looks like it stops at 4, but 5 to 0 continue in the last row in the same drawer.)All sets are in good condition, clean and with no damage that I can see. A few of the sets would look better with a bit of a polish.Sorry, I don't know the fonts, but I believe one may be Caslon, another Corbel, another probably Grotesque, but please see the pictures and decide for yourself.Cabinet dimensions:Width: 25.5"Depth: 18"Height: 5.75"In total it weighs about 4st. 6lbs, or 28 kg.Lots of photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/64602497@N06/sets/72157626942076697/detail/Should be able to ship anywhere in UK for approx £25 (tbc). Welcome to collect from near Wokingham.
QuoteDavid,These types look suspiciously like that used with the Masseeley Show Card Printer. Essentially a hot foil system using type that is only about a quarter inch thick.Mike
QuoteThey look like letters for a sign engraving machine. Not sure. Dick G
QuoteThey are, as Mike Jacobs has indicated, faces for a Masseeley hot foil press. The names of the typefaces are the giveaway. Masseeley cut their own faces in brass at their works in east London and were able to supply many of the most popular styles available in lead, but to avoid paying any kind of royalties they simply re-named everything. The company had a very odd system of identifying their types. They would engrave a face such as Othello in 6 different sizes but call the collection the "Comedian" series of faces. Each individual SIZE was then identified by a name such as Leno, Grock, Fragson, Burnaby, Grimaldi and Charlie Chaplin. They had many different sanserif "series" including "Historic Women" (Eve, Helen, Salome, Sonnica, Hermione and Cleopatra), "Dictator" (Draco, Ribera, Napoleon, Cromwell and Mussolini) and "Musician" (Brahms, Chopin, Schubert, Kreizler, Beethoven, Tetrazzini, Paderewski and Rachmaninoff).Bob RichardsonBBC Masseeley Operator, 1980-1985
QuoteIn response to a couple of enquiries I've uploaded an image showing how type was set up for printing on a Masseeley machine. Some people were under the impression that the system used a chase and assumed that type was locked-up conventionally, like letterpress. With Masseeley type only 1/4" from foot to face this makes conventional lock-up almost impossible. The illustrationshows a Masseeley platen with a sheet of card, ready to print. The hot foil sheet which normally lies between the type and the substrate has been omitted for clarity. This platen is on bearers, similar to an Albion (in principle) and slides under a heated plate which is brought down (gently) onto the type for a couple of seconds to fuse the heat-activated pigment in the foil. I hope this clarifies the process a little. In practice, a Masseeley would not usually print a full poster such as this in a single action - type was normally set on a line-by-line basis, purely because the fount synopsis was rather mean and insufficient letters were provided to print large jobs in a single go. The reason for these small founts was the sheer cost of the letters, which were very high compared with traditional lead faces.Bob Richardson