Golding & Company

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Golding & Company is a defunct American manufacturer of platen printing presses and printers' tools, established in 1869 by William Hughson Golding (1845–1916)[1] in the Fort Hill area of Boston, Massachusetts.[2]


Pearl letterpress used by the Roycroft arts and crafts community

Before 1895, Golding hired Henry Lewis Bullen to print its house organ, which increased sales of the Pearl.[2] In 1906, Golding's factories moved to Franklin, Massachusetts; its showrooms remained in Boston.[2]

William Golding died in 1916, but his two sons continued the enterprise.[2] In 1918, Golding was acquired by American Type Founders (ATF).[1] The Pearl continued to be made and sold by the Golding Press Division of ATF.[2] In 1927, Thomson National Company[3] (manufacturers of the Colt's Armory Press) bought Golding from ATF.[1]

In 1936, the Craftsmen Machinery Company, of Dedham, Massachusetts, somehow acquired jigs and patterns for the 7 x 11 Improved Pearl, selling it as the CMC Jobber until 1955.[2]

Printing presses[edit]

  • Official (~1872)[4]
  • Pearl (1876)
  • Improved Pearl (1895)
  • Jobber


  1. ^ a b c Golding Printing Presses Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine. American Amateur Press Association. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f The Pearl — A Jewel of a Press. Type & Press, Fall 1998. Retrieved from Amalgamated Printers' Association, 8 October 2010.
  3. ^ Or Thompson Printing Press Company, according to Williams.
  4. ^ Williams, Fred. The Official Press. Type & Press, Spring 1982. Retrieved from Amalgamated Printers' Association, 8 October 2010.