The trials and tribulations of eBay

As some of you will know for the last four years most of the business has been run through eBay, around a year ago I launched a new eBay shop - Urbanfox Design Letterpress - which had been ticking over quite nicely and I regularly had around 100 letterpress related items listed at anyone time, ranging from typecases (vintage print trays), letterpress type, the occasional printing press and all sorts of letterpress associated paraphernalia. The website was mainly used primarily to ensure I had a presence on google.

All that is about to change and over the next three months I'll be focusing on developing the eCommerce side of the website and adding around 70% of the stock to the website. I expect this to be a pretty painful process but essential for the long term sustainability of the business.

Lets face it, eBay is where the traffic is. Especially when it comes to Letterpress bit and bobs, nowhere else can you reach a global market so easily and I've steadily built a regular eBay customer base and followingover the last few years.  If you are one of those people reading this, then I'm always incredibly grateful for your custom and repeat business. I genuinely do appreciate your continued support. I've made some fantastic friends and acquaintances through trading on eBay.'s never straight forward. An account suspension came out of the blue in June for allegedly trading off eBay, although frustrating, after the suspension was lifted 7 days letter it was business as usual. Fast forward to the 26th of July, sitting down to have the first beer of my week holidays and out of the blue came a short but uninformative message to from eBay to say my account had been closed indefinitely and I could no longer buy or sell on eBay, thanks and goodbye! All because I sent someone my phone number in a message. A great start to the holiday!

I had no way of getting in contact with any customers or accessing address details or finishing outstanding orders. That was it, game over. Four years of building up a customer base, gone in an instant. I was pretty gutted about it all.

To cut a long story short my account has been reinstated and it's business as usual for the foreseeable future but it's not good for reputation when customers who are expecting orders or want to contact you get a message saying Urbanfox is no more. So my apologies to anyone who was caught up in this episode and let me assure you Urbanfox Letterpress is still here and all orders have been fulfilled and shipped. I'm almost back up to date with orders and messages from eBay and unfortunately there were some delays in orders getting shipped.  I should have items relisted by Monday but please keep checking back here for more updates.

You can find me on Instagram and twitter and I'll be looking to pull together a mailing list for the website so you can be notified when new stock is uploaded.


Cheers, Urbanfox


Fox in spring


Well it's been quite a year so far. Some huge purchases, a massive collection of wood letter I bought in Feb has kept me busy for months now. 135 cases of wood type, the majority was all mixed up and I'm not even half way through it.


We have absolutely flipping loads of typecases (vintage print trays) in stock at the moment, which is unusual as it's been really hard to source them recently.

Loads of wood type - full founts and around a thousand maybe more individual wood letters available to buy singularly. Ranging from under an inch up to 10" - a wide range of type faces and styles.

Plenty of metal type still in stock and of course all the bits you may need. Furniture. Quoins. Galleys and everything inbetween.

And it doesn't stop there - new stock  arriving weekly at the moment and some lovely stuff due to land April and May. Keep an eye on my eBay and of course Instagram for new stock updates and snapshots of what's happening with Urbanfox.


Thanks and more..

Hello, hello, hello...

It's post Christmas, pre New year, a good time as any to say thank you to customers old and new and wish everyone a prosperous and fabulous 2017.  


The latter half of the year has been pretty hectic, I was quite shocked to see my last post on here was mid October. Urbanfox has been here, there, and everywhere on the hunt for Letterpress and has had some fantastic hauls recently and along the way met some wonderful and inspirational people.  


We still sell sell type cases (print trays) and have regular stream of stock but it's proving difficult to keep the website fully updated so it's best to drop us a note to find out current stock as it's pretty fluid. Most of our time is spent buying, sorting, and then (hopefully) selling type and other associated letterpress items. This is where our passion lies. Getting old type back out there and hopefully being used again. We have around 300 cases of type to be sorted including loads of founders type and a good selection of brass type for foiling and bookbinding. This will be coming to eBay in early 2017. 


We opened a new shop on eBay in October which can be found here - it's much more organised and snazzy

We've currently around 25 Adanas in stock in varying degrees of condition and everything you need to go with them, boxes of furniture and bags of quoins. 

January and February are looking pretty exciting, if all goes to plan I've some really big purchase lined up with lots of special type, a couple of proof presses and a full Sofadi set up - A Showcard proof press, type, wood and metal, original racks and all the extras and much much more. 


Oh, and finally , Urbanfox Design is now on Instagram  - it's a good way to stay up to date with new items and current stock, it's  much easier than keeping a blog updated and we love getting distracted by all the other wonderful images. Such a great way of procrastinating (not that we need any more distractions)


bye for now..... 



Letterpress Type for sale now on eBay

Over the weekend I manged to get some of the new stock on to eBay and hopefully some different type on the website this weekend. I've started with some of the larger type, mainly because it's quicker and easier to sort and I was quite excited about some of the typefaces.

Anyway, I'll keep this post short and let the images below do most of the talking.  Available to view by clicking on the image or in the new eBay shop for Urbanfox Design here

Farley proofing press

Not even a day in to the Letterpress hunting expedition and the first procurement of the week is this lovely little Farley proof press. It's about as simple as they come. Manufactured sometime in the 1950s or 60s it's stood the test of time well. In original condition and I'm pleased to say no work needs doing to it.

The impression roller is adjustable meaning you can print from the bed or from a galley. There is no paper feeder or grippers, these could have gone missing over the years or it could have been purchased without them just to carry out very simple proofs.  Either way it's still a very useful machine and prints superbly.

New Stock alert - Letterpress type for sale

Fresh type through the door today. A fab selection of typefaces and some really interesting and very old Stephenson Blake foundry type. All will be available to purchase here - Letterpress type for sale

Oh and not forgetting the Adana QFB that arrived at the same time. I will be locking some type up and having a print with it later to make sure all is as it should be. I really like the simplicity of the Adana Flatbed. This one has the removable inking plate but, as most if them do, is missing the roller arms and inking roller. Really this isn't an issue as I have always found it preferable to hand ink with Adan a flatbeds. It's nice to see that the gripper fingers and springs are all present and correct. There is no original chase but I'm pretty sure I have a suitable replacement. You can print up to around 9.5" x 7" and despite being relatively crude design it does exactly what it's supposed to do.

They can often be picked up relatively cheap in comparison to other small presses with a similar print area and for anyone who has and Adana 8 x 5 and is looking to print slightly bigger the Adana QFB should not be overlooked. Once I have tested it I will have it listed on the website soon.

Letterpress & Printing Heritage Online Library of Rare Books - Kickstarter Campaign

Today I was having my daily browse of Briar Press  (Briar Press is an excellent online resource for anyone who has the slightest interest in Letterpress) when I came across a posting for a kickstarter campaign to create a free online library to include many old and rare letterpress & printing books to preserve the heritage of printing. 

The chap that has launched it is Steve Bowen who runs York Letterpress, amongst other things.  A talented printer, keen collector and passionate about preserving the craft of printing.

You can find out the full details of the Kickstarter campaign by clicking the below link and there is an accompanying video below.

I really hope this is successful, not only do I think it's an incredibly worthwhile cause, the rewards are also ace! Anyone who has tried to get hold of an original wood letter specimen book or similar will know first hand how difficult and expensive it can be to acquire one. This is a great way of getting your hands one reproductions and of course  helping fund the preservation and access to all of these magnificent, rare and useful publications.

Best of luck Steve.

Letterpress & Printing Heritage Online Library of Rare Books - Kickstarter Campaign

Letterpress type cabinet for sale with 17 cases of type - SOLD

Letterpress type cabinet for sale



Steel type cabinet with 17 drawers of type (Around 20 founts) - A varying and useful selection including some scarce faces and plenty of foundry type. I know there are plenty of cabinets listed at the moment on eBay, most for over £1000+ but this one has the contents listed and checked and the type is of a useful size ranging from 12pt to 48pt . Please read the list of type and get in touch if there are any questions. I will be listing more cabinets this week.

As usual collection is preferred but I will be out and about over the next few weeks so always worth checking if I can deliver at cost or welcome to arrange own man and van courier or I could stick it on a pallet at cost

The type is dusty and has mostly been used - I have done my best to check for completeness and the type is perfectly usable one cleaned. Typecases are in varying degrees of condition.

From top to bottom

18pt Stephenson Blake Caslon Old Face - full fount(f/f)

24pt Mouldtype headline Bold f/f

- empty old rule case

24pt Dorchester Script (Incomplete)

24pt Caslon foundry type - Serif Italic  (f/f)

24pt Headline Bold Italic (Startype) (f/f)

48pt Headline Bold Italic (f/f)

30pt Univers Bold Italic (f/f) & 36pt Univers italic uppers

24pt unknown typeface cast by schelter & giesecke f/f

Mixed case of 24pt and 30pt foundry type - 2 different faces in the same case

10pt Gill Caps

36pt Palace Script f/f

12pt Spartan and 14pt on 16pt Futura Bold

18pt Stephenson Blake Mercury f/f

24pt London Script f/f

30pt Light English text & 24pt Goudy f/f

12pt Baskerville Italic f/f

More images available on request.

Looking for around £550.

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