Now that I have been bookbinding for a few years, I have to admit to really wanting one of those old fashioned book presses. A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to buy this book press.
Isn’t it beautiful! I am in the process of cleaning it up a bit. Having the dilemma between wanting to keep the original paint, because I just love those wonderful gold lines on it. The dilemma being, there is a bit of surface rust and I’m worried about getting covered in it, every time I use it. There was a piece of card that had obviously been left in the press for a number of years, very firmly stuck to the underside of the platen’s. With much soaking with water, and encouragement from me it finally gave up and the platens are now as smooth as they are designed to be.
It is likely that in time I will need to rethink keeping the original paint work in favor of having a clean press, but for now I’m enjoying the beauty that comes with age. The thought that this press was around and in use before I was born and will outlast me is a pleasant thought :) and one that attracted me to it in the first place.
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon