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balls—once the carriage has come to rest—is         enough force to ‘stamp’ the sheet. This really
to ‘stamp’ the paper or card with the ink left      was a trial and error problem, with three cogs
in the engraved intaglio die or copper plate.       and over eighty possible teeth positions, it
Then the process is reversed and the carriage       was an “Enigma” type puzzle.
travels to the right, back along the carriage
way, to be re-inked, whilst a new piece of          No less than three managing directors of
paper is placed for subsequent stamping             diestamping firms came up to visit me and
when the carriage moves back to the left            ‘help’, but it was only the arrival of Nick
again. The set-up and make ready is as in any       Sanford from Smythsons of Bond Street that
other diestamping press, in that a male ‘force’     solved the problem and was able to get the
has to be cut by hand to fit into the ‘female’      press to actually ‘stamp’.
engraved steel or copper die.

I was keen to re-build the press as close to the
original as possible. There was some green ink
still on the main structure of the press, so I
had a local car painting shop copy this colour
with a mat paint. (Unfortunately they had a
minimum order of 5 litres!)

With all the parts laid out it was exciting to see  I have now found out that there are still a
to see them painted in their new livery. And        couple of these presses, even more basic than
then the task was to get the press together         this one, still working in France. These have no
in working order. It always being easier to         inking and no wiping, these processes being
take machines apart, rather than put them           done entirely by hand. So it would seem that
together again, I was heartened when I had          my Twin Ball Diestamping Press is a ‘Rolls
only two ‘spare’ screws left over! However,         Royce’ of these type of presses!
the problem was how to get the press to
work in its cycle as this was a matter of the
timing and getting the cogs exactly lined up
so that they allow the carriage to move into
position, release the carriage and then engage
the stamping shaft to move downwards with

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