Antique Book Press, French Cast Bronze Binding Press + Book, Display Item Rare!

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Seller: plupartfrancais (122) 100%, Location: Nottingham, Ships to: GB, Item: 313060318868 ANTIQUE FRENCH CAST BRONZE BOOK PRESS, BINDING PRESS, PRINTING PRESS, + BOOK NON WORKING - DECORATIVE DISPLAY ITEM OR REPAIR! BELIEVED TO BE RARE CAST BRONZE! Acquired from a retired librarian in St Quentin in the Picardy region. Until 2010 it was one of several used as a display item in the library and she took them with her when she retired. In antique vintage non working condition with staining and knocks - see photographs. This is being sold as a display item, the press handle moves the plate up and down a little but not with any purchase for actual pressing. It should work on a ratchet system, I think, but it appears there’s a part missing. The handle can be placed in several positions by resting the mechanism against the teeth, so is still an attractive item, but cannot, in my opinion, be used for its original purpose, and is priced accordingly. That said someone with more ability than me might be able to repair it. This was actually sold to us as cast iron but I’ve since been reliably informed by an antique dealer that it is actually cast bronze and from the late 1800s In good clean condition but it would polish up further, or even paint up nicely, if to your taste. It still opens and closes a little. The plate wobbles and rattles when moved but is sound. It doesn’t close fully, it’s range being 3.5 cm to 5 cm. There is a maker’s mark on the plate - BREVETE C G There is no damage. The wooden base is sound and metal bound. The wooden handle is sound. Measures approximately: Base 38 cm x 33 cm, plate 28.5 cm x 23 cm, opens to 5 cm, closes to 3.5 cm, 37 cm tall when open and handle extended fully. Book 19 cm x 20 cm, 4.5 cm deep. Weighs about 13.5 kg, book weighs 2.2 kg, 15.7 kg in total It comes with a vintage French illustrated book for display - MA MEILLEURE AMIE par J. LERMONT LIBRAIRIE D’EDUCATION DE LA JEUNESSE 7 RUE DES CANETTES PARIS The book is in tatty vintage condition with various repairs and marks consistent with it’s age and use but still an authentic display item. This is attractive and imposing as a decorative piece. It also works well as a garden feature, or would be ideal as a retail display or prop. Please note the wine bottle is to show scale and not included! Please examine all images as they form part of the description. If anyone wishes to purchase immediately we will seriously consider offers above the start price. That way the buyer ensures the purchase and we have a sale, without either having to wait for the listing to end. However offers have to be made before any bidding starts. Shipping is available at the quoted shipping fee. This is a heavy, bulky item difficult to pack and ship. The price quoted reflects this, don’t forget eBay and PayPal take about 14% of the fee you pay for postage before I even start to pack the item. Shipping is to standard mainland UK locations only - please enquire before bidding if in a more remote location. Collection is most welcome but please bring cash, not payment by PayPal. This item is located at Stapleford, Nottingham, a mile or so from Junction 25 of the M1 Motorway. About the sellers: We collect vintage items to the point of hoarding! - mostly French but not always; “Plupart Francais “ Additional Material: Bronze, Age: 1850-1899, Product: Book Press, Weight: 13.5 Kg, Featured Refinements: Non Working Display Or Repair, Type: Book Press, Material: Bronze?, Original/Reproduction: Antique Original, Style/Period: French, Original/Repro: Original, Country of Origin: France, Maker: Unbranded

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