Reader Seeks Information on Book Press Made by Southern Skein and Foundry

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - by Harmon Jolley
Book press made by Southern Skein and Foundry
Book press made by Southern Skein and Foundry

Back in 2010, Memories readers learned about the Southern Skein and Foundry Company, which was based in the East Lake community of Chattanooga.  Here’s the link to the article about the company:

As the first half of their name implies, the manufacturer made skeins, which served as wheel bearings for wagons. 

A reader recently came across the article in connection with an item made by the foundry side of the operation.  He sent us a couple of photos for a book press, a vice-like device used during binding of a book. 

The reader would like to know if anyone can identify the age of the book press, as well as provide any other information about it.  Maybe there’s a former salesman’s product catalog that has been handed down to you, and is in your attic.

If you can provide those facts, please send an e-mail to Gary Guear at, and also send a copy to me at

Trademark of the manufacturer
Trademark of the manufacturer

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