This printing press was manufactured by Golding & Co, USA; the date of manufacture is unknown.
On the press make-ready shows the last work on the press was an invitation with a 1988 date.

This letterpress machine was hand fed and the platen was operated by a foot treadle.

Physical Description

Printing press; a metal standing mechanism with a tray to hold type held in a frame, with large wheel to adjust printing mechanism manually. Press is operated by a foot treadle.


One of the early American presses invented by William H. Golding.

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Information & Communication

  • Manufacturer

    Golding Manufacturing Co, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Unknown

  • Inscriptions

    Brass label on rocker: Made by Golding & Co/Boston USA/Pearl/Patents Nov/Dec/Dec Cast label on side: Golding & Co/Boston/USA

  • Classification

    Communications, Printing, Printing presses

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    900 mm (Length), 600 mm (Width), 1300 mm (Height)

  • Other Dimensions

    300 mm (Length), 200 mm (Width)
    Dimensions of Bed.

  • Other Dimensions

    300 mm (Length), 200 mm (Width)
    Dimensions of Platen.

  • Other Dimensions

    300 mm (Length), 40 mm (Width)
    Dimensions of each of two Rollers.

  • Other Dimensions

    279 mm (Length), 178 mm (Width)
    Historically the size of Pearl Presses is designated by inside chase dimensions. The chase fits into the bed and holds the type matter. A Pearl No. 3 has an inside chase measurement of 7 inches x 11 inches.

  • References

    Sources used by Peter Marsh (10 July 2007) for this record: VPRS 9957/P1, Unit 56, Item 87/103/1 (VPRS = Victorian Public Record Series)

  • Keywords

    Printing Equipment, Printing Presses