equipment in use at the Excelsior Press

Looking for fine table top letter press?
You have come to the right place.
We believe that during the past few years, we have restored and sold more table top platen presses than any one else involved in the letterpress community..
The photos below are a representative sample of our work

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Lou's Rhode Island

Restored Table Top Printing Presses

currently available: March 12, 2015
5x8 Kelsey Excelsior
Fully restored, new rollers. fob Pawtucket, RI

5x8 Kelsey Excelsior Printing Press

Completely restored to better than factory new.
See our Kelsey Parts & Repair Page
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Fully Restored
5x8 Kelsey Victor
Side Lever Presses

5x8 Kelsey Victor side view
5x8 Kelsey Victorfront view
5x8 Kelsey Victor side detail5x8 Kelsey Victorfront view

restored Kelsey Excelsior 5x8 Side-Lever Printing Press
Kelsey 5x8 Printing Press
Kelsey 5x8 side-lever press

Note the re-designed Extra-heavy-duty lever and drive connection links on this press. (photo above) These are brand new parts - cast of ductile steel and twice the size - and twice the strength - of the original parts installed when this press was first built. We have identified these as a 'weak point' in the original Kelsey design and have cast new parts to exceed the strength and reliability of the original.

This press also includes the new style Victor handle and a set of brand new 30-durometer "Rhode Island Rollers", cast at our restoration facility in Rhode Island.

The original impression shaft and linkages have been replaced with our heavier-duty design to give you more impression with less effort - and less chance of breaking the press under too much strain.

Restored Press, including new rollers, beefed-up impression system and fresh paint - applied before the parts were re-assembled.

Other presses restored in the recent past:

Kelsey Excelsior Side-Arm 6x10" Press

6x10 Kelsey Excelsior Side-Arm press
Mechanically restored to better than new.
Repainted, with new feed board & rollers

Kelsey Excelsior Model U 5x8" Press

Kelsey Exceslior 5x8 press
Classic older style Excelsior
- with custom paint

5x8 Kelsey Excelsior Press
Classic newer model Kelsey Excelsior 5x8
like it just came from the factory

6x10 Kelsey Excelsior Model X Platen Press
6x10 Kelsey Excelsior Model X Platen Press
6x10 Kelsey Excelsior Model X Roller Assembly Detail
This is what makes the Model X so special - the single-shaft, free floating double roller arm assembly - similar to that used by Chandler & Price on their table top Pilot press - as well as all other platen presses in their line for nearly 100 years.

This assembly assures far better control over roller pressure - and roller parallel alignment - than the more common "double hook" design of the standard Excelsior.

Kelsey 9x13" Press

~ Fully Restored; very old. A Collector's Item ~

Restored 9x13 Kelsey Press for sale on eBay
A very uncommon model. Few were made; few still exist today.

Other Representative Restorations
Restored Victor Press
Restored Cooks Victor 6x9" press.
See more about this press

Craftsmen 3x5 l Platen Press
Craftsman Model 3x5

Craftsmen Imperial Platen Press
Craftsmen Imperial Model 5x8
more on Craftsmen Presses

Chandler & Price Pilot Press restored by Louis - Excelsior Parts
Chandler & Price 6 1/2" x10" Pilot
Old Style - note the frame detail
more on Pilot Presses

C&P Pilot and Kelsey 6x10 comparison
Side-by-side comparison of C&P Pilot & Kelsey 6x10 Victor
Both presses have approximately the same chase size and printing area, however the Pilot is much "beefier" with about 50 pounds more mass & strength.

All presses are completely restored to better than factory new.
Missing parts are often cast new of ductile steel.
New 30-durometer rollers are in perfect condition

Shipping f.o.b. Pawtucket, R.I.

Endorsements from some of our many satisfied customers:

March, 2010

I'm loving my Kelsey Victor. It's a beautiful little press.

Thank you so much for your help. And again, I love the press you restored for me

  - Fernando

March 18, 2010:
Thank you note to Louis

Sept, 2010


The press arrived all safe and sound and it is so beautiful! Your work is amazing. I actually slept with it in my bedroom (not in my bed LOL) last night just admiring it. Thanks so much I appreciate it.


page last updated October 18, 2012
March 12, 2015