The London Vale advert in the Manchester Mercury gives a snapshot of the range of equipment required in a calico print works. From the inventory it is clear that the company is still reliant on large scale block printing, a labour intensive system which precedes engraved roller printing. There are also four roller printing machines for sale with their attendant 230 engraved rollers. Read on:-
By T. M. FISHER, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday the 28th and days of February, and Ist March, 1844 at the London Vale Print Works, Agecroft, late in the occupation of Messrs. I.ycette and Coston. Sale to commence each day punctually at eleven o’clock the forenoon: ONE 7-8ths Single-colour, ditto, one 7-8ths Three-colour, and one 9-8ths Three-colour PRINTING MACHINES, by McFarlane and Briggs; forcing machine; 9-8ths lever mangle,-with two wood and one copper bowls; two 9-8ths calenders, each with wood two and one iron bowls; Cylinder drying machine by Mathers, eleven cylinders, each 7ft. 6in. by 1ft. 6in.; two winding-on frames, clearing beck, five dye becks, dung, and chymic cisterns; ten drum dash wheels, two pairs of lever squeezers, fly wince, two brick cisterns lined lead, steaming apparatus, forty-six printing tables, padding machine with two copper bowls, three cradle indigo mills, fourteen stone blue vats, dipping and skying frames, copper pump; three largo and six small copper pans, with doors, bars, and brickwork; lever weighing machine, drying rails, machine and table pattern books, new blocks, stoves and pipes, wheelbarrows, wrought iron bowking kier, cast iron do., singeing stove; capital hydraulic press, 3-inch ram; 10 inch lathe, mechanics’ tools, wrought and cast iron, copper, brass, stores; 8 steam engine, cylinder 22 inches diameter, 4fr. stroke; four steam boilers (two nearly new); steam and water pipes, valves, and taps; mill gearing; six hundred and fifty 7-8ths, and eighty-one 9-8ths copper rollers, all through tabs, and engraved with useful modern patterns; and a large quantity of drugs, also Three stacks well-got Hay, potatoes, heap manure, five broad-wheeled carts with iron arms, two useful draught horses, cart gears, stable utensils, and one hundred yards of wrought iron hurdles. May be viewed on Monday and Tuesday, the 26th and 27th, and catalogues had on the premises; or from the Auctioneer, Princess-street, Manchester.