I can’t help but think of a slot machine every time I look at my tabletop press. Okay, it doesn’t have dials with fruits and coins…and it certainly doesn’t spill money. It does, however, have that same satisfying side lever. It’s a stretch, maybe, but it’s what I imagine every time I pull the lever…the ink disk even makes this great sound that’s reminiscent of those dials spinning.
The strangest part of my table top press is its name. I’ve done a fair bit of research and even found an advertisement for the press in an article at circuitousroot.com (link). It even lists a name: The Victor Side-Lever
But, if you look on the side of the press…you see this:
Mercury Model 6 x10, Excelsior, Kelsey and Company
Then on the back of the bed
So, in theory, this might be a Kelsey Victor Side lever Mercury Model 6 x10 Excelsior Model W…yup, I know…the name is bigger than the press…and the order of the names may be wrong.
I’ve spent a lot of time switching the name around: Kelsey Excelsior…victor Mercury…mercury Excelsior Victor…I feel like there is an order that is correct…and that this is, for some reason, is important.
I wish discovering it was as easy as pulling the side lever, watching the dial spin and waiting to see if the dials land on a winning combination. It might even light up and play music…