Finished Restoration on my Golding Pearl #3

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I finally finished the restoration on my Golding Pearl - yeah! Let me start off by saying that there really wasn't that much to be done - the issues were mostly cosmetic - but you can totally see the difference and just look at how lovely she is now!

She needed a good cleaning. The worst part was really the feedboard arms which had been broken at some point so they did not actually hold the feedboard trays upright. She was also missing her drawers and her actual feedboards were worse for the wear.

The feedboards & drawers came unfinished so I finished those myself. The feedboard arms & drawer pulls had to be painted and then everything mounted back where it was supposed to be.

Now I am just waiting on a new set of rollers (so I can get back to printing with her) and she will be as good as new! She looks really good for the meager age of 112 - she was completed February 16, 1897!

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Comment by Bobbie Howard on June 11, 2011 at 11:46am
Can you tell me where you ordered the feedboards from? I just acquired a Pearl #11 and, like yours, it really just needs cosmetic work, but needs new feedboards and a treadle. Yours is a beauty!
Comment by Brandi Powell on September 10, 2009 at 2:13am
I am totally going to have to show much husband your post Jacqui - I am a little excitable when it comes to letterpress and he truly cant imagine anyone else being that excited about it! This post is great - I love it!
Comment by Jacqui Garcia on September 9, 2009 at 11:21pm
Oooooooooooooooooooooo! Gorgeous!!! (I just salivated on my keyboard...)
Comment by Brandi Powell on August 31, 2009 at 10:51am
Debra - thank you! I plan to put her to very good use today!

Elan - I was very lucky to find her. She is the exact platen I wanted as well. I love the look of the Old Style Goldings because they feel so antique and are a little on the pretty side as far as presses go. I think the cherry wood accents really spice her up and of course the heart treadle! My second press is a Vandercook SP15 (which is on the way) and is much more industrial looking! They will look like quite the strange pair in the studio!
Comment by Elan Chardin G. on August 30, 2009 at 11:47pm
She's lovely and I'm quite jealous to be honest! That is exactly the press I hope to add to my studio one day. Great job!
Comment by Brandi Powell on August 27, 2009 at 10:13am
Thank you! I am really pleased with how she turned out! I got my new rollers yesterday and so far so good. I am going to print more today to verify. Fingers crossed!
Comment by Krissy on August 26, 2009 at 3:32pm
She looks fantastic! Great job!
Comment by Brandi Powell on August 22, 2009 at 3:47pm
Thank you Eva! I got word yesterday that my new rollers have shipped so I am really excited. By the end of next week, I should be pressing again!
Comment by eva - Sycamore Street Press on August 21, 2009 at 3:42pm
great job! It's beautiful!
Comment by Brandi Powell on August 20, 2009 at 11:56am
Thank you so much! I am totally in love with her! She is my first press outside of a tabletop that I did not use long before I got her so I was a bit nervous about getting her all taken care of but I did it! Now if she would have had a lot of mechanical issues - that would have been another story entirely ;-)

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