The Baltimore Jobber No.5 treadle powered letterpress
The Baltimore Jobber No.5 is a fairly uncommon 8x12 treadle press manufactured by J.F.W. Dorman in the 1890's. Production ceased at least by 1904, when the Dorman factory was lost in the great Baltimore fire.
The impressive 34 1/2" flywheel with serpentine spokes powers a clamshell mechanism with massive counterweight. All bearings are good and all mechanisms seem to function well. The only things I can see missing are the ink rollers. There are two 8x12 chases and a box of type.
I brought this home alone by dismantling it and reassembling it in the barn. If you plan to restore (paint) the press, disassembly may be the best way to move it again. The press can be inspected (and treadled)if you are in the area. We are located between Gettysbug, PA and Frederick, MD.
brass makers plate
flywheel side view
"Baltimore Jobber No. 5" cast in standard
swing out cast iron tray for "Megills gauge pins".
the massive and ornate foot treadle
another side view
advancing mechanism for inking disk
Price: SOLD Buyer must pick up in Maryland
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