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Herwig Kempenaers's Liberty Press

Liberty Press
of Herwig Kempenaers

Herwig Kempenaers is a private collector (and user) of printing equipment who lives in Belgium. His collection includes an 1827 Stanhope press, an Uytterelst handpress from 1880, Uytterelst (1890) and Alauzet & Tiquet (1880) stop-cylinder presses, several platen presses, a Hickock paper ruling machine and lots of other printing and bookbinding equipment. In the spring of 2005, Herwig opened his collection for viewing by visitors. You can see more of his collection on his Web site Historische Drukkerij Turnhout.

His Liberty press (serial number 14631) is shown at the upper right of this page. It's a model 2A, with chase size of 26 x 38 cm (9 x 13 inches) and it carries the "F. M. Weiler / Berlin / New York" logo.

Liberty Press Disassembled When he first got the Liberty, it was not very clean. He disassembled it, cleaned all the parts, and put it back together in working order. (Herwig often needs to disassemble large presses to get them through the door into his print shop.) Liberty Press Disassembled

Herwig sent a batch of nifty pictures of his press, a couple of which I've used on other parts of this Liberty Press Web site:

Herwig Kempenaers' Liberty press Liberty Serial Number on Crank Shaft

Press Identification Summary

Owner: Herwig Kempenaers
Location: Turnhout, Belgium
Manufacturer: F. M. Weiler
New York / Berlin
Model: No. 2A (9 x 13 inches)
Serial Number: 14631
Patents: None listed
Throw-Off? Yes

Thanks to Herwig Kempenaers <info@historischedrukkerij.be> for material used to create this page.

Herwig provided scans of Western European advertisements for Liberty (or Liberty-like) presses along with their descriptions.

He also sent pictures and descriptions of a Liberty Press at Darmstadt, Germany.

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