Excelsior Trunnion

Excelsior Trunnion No.1

Another in the line of Kelsey Excelsior presses. William A. Kelsey began making inexpensive presses for amateurs in 1872, and his Excelsior became the longest lasting-press on the market. For more information, see the Excelsior Model P page. The Excelsior shown above is a trunnion-type lever press, whose lever is attached to two wheels that roll along the track-like sides of the press as the press is opened and closed. Patented in 1873, this trunnion-type model was one of the earliest presses in the Excelsior line to be sold; the Excelsior would soon evolve into a self-inking press in many sizes, one of the most popular lines of presses ever manufactured.