Decorations  made by Schelter & Giesecke foundry, Leipzig, Germany

Decorations  made by Schelter & Giesecke foundry, Leipzig, Germany

Urbanfox Design is a friendly small business run from a unit in St Peters near Broadstairs in Kent.  I sell vintage and antique print trays, decorative wood letters.  Letterpress type, both wood & metal. I regularly have small to medium size type cabinets in stock and occasionally full size and complete letterpress cabinets.

I try to keep a rolling stock of vintage letterpress decorations, borders and ornaments, printing blocks and all kinds of other letterpress miscellany.

You can see a list of current stock here or check out my eBay urbanfoxdesign - Most of the scarce 'one-off' items get listed over there.

Scroll down to read more about how Urbanfox Design has evolved over the years and keep up to date with what's happening with Urbanfox Design on the blog.


I originally became hooked on Letterpress after a chance buy at an auction, I ended up with a large collection of type and an old Adana flatbed.   Through a mix of luck and good timing in 2012 I was offered more letterpress and started to acquire all sorts of type (wood and metal), ornaments, decorations and all manner of Letterpress related miscellany and the rest as they say, is history.

I never pretend to know everything there is to know about Letterpress as I'm still learning the craft but I do care about the heritage of Letterpress printing. I never break up any founts and where possible try to make sure the type goes back to someone who is going to use and love it as intended. I print myself using an Adana 8 x 5 and an Adana HQ and a small proof press and in 2016 acquired a treadle which is currently being restored.

In June 2016 I moved to a bigger unit and spent the summer buying new stock to fill it. I never get chance to list it all on eBay and the website as there is only so much type one person can sort so please do get in touch if you are looking for anything specific.


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Letterpress Wanted - I'm always on the look out for new stock. I'm interested in most Letterpress items - From small personal collections right through to entire composing rooms. Fair prices are always paid and I can usually view any items and make an offer within a matter of days. All will be re-used and 95% will end up being used again as intended. Any old type that is past it's best, where possible will be re-cast.