Bill Ritchie's work in England

in the

Glynis Aherne Collection

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Pram Halfwood Press No. 104

Ritchie's comment: Glynis contacted me from England after she failed to win the Legacy Mini Halfwood press I offered on an eBay auction. When she learnd about the new Pram Halfwood Press, she wanted one. Along with her order for number 104, she asked for a demonstration proof to assure that the press could print larger plates than those I had normally used for tests (which were in sizes up to 5" X 7") therefore I made the etching, first "Emeralda Dollar" for her, as an 11" X 5" inch print from an etched 22-gauge copper plate..

Emeralda Dollar, etching by Bill Ritchie
2011. Print. Black on gray paper, printed from an etched copper plate. Image size 5" X 11". A/P signed lower right.

You can see Bill testing Glynis' press on YouTube:

Specfications: 2011. Pram Halfwood Press. Serial No. 60104. Specifications: Rollers are 1.5 x 6 and 5.5 inches top and bottom. The bed is 1/4 x 6 x 17.5 inch polycarbonate (the standard) with steel rack; overall length is 17.5 inches; overall width is 9 inches; overall height is 10 inches; weight, about 14 lbs; drive wheel is 8 inches diameter in stainless steel. The bed is rack-driven, approximating a 3:1 mechanical advantage. Wood is solid American black walnut. The pressure screws are linked and synchronized. The press included two etching felts, user's manual and DVD plus a PressGhost flash drive and USB extension cable for connecting to a computer.


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