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This is the first of these typewriters I have seen for sale for sometime which includes multiple type font heads. Six font plates including two fancy/italic styles, three ariel style fonts in differing size and boldness, and a fantastic tiny gothic style font (please see last photo) which store in a small plastic case. The font plates are not made by Hammond but by CoxHead Corp. for the Vari-typer machine. They fit this machine and are interchangeable with Hammond type heads.
This typewriter is in excellent vintage condition. I have seen these typewriters for sale occasionally, but not too many intact with both top and bottom wood case and like previously mentioned none with a selection of font heads. Do feel free to ask me for more information/close-up pictures. etc. as I am NOT an expert on typewriters and this item is sold as-is. The typewriter could use a new ribbon the current one is rather dry and types faintly.
Everything advances properly, bells work, platen is nice and not dried out. There is a bit of sticking on some of the typefonts which I think is a result of the aluminum plates becoming a little bent over time. The original green felt sound dampener has come loose - I have not glued it back in, I will leave it to the buyer to choose whether to repair and with which adhesive. There is virtually no rust or corrosion present on this piece. I have given a pretty thorough cleaning/dusting but have not oiled any parts or used any strong solvents. The Hammond insignia are bright and show little wear. There are some very minor surface scratches on the wooden case - very minor, otherwise the finish is in very good/excellent condition. I invested a little extra time and money to obtain two Hammond reproduction manuals so that the new owner will be able to properly use and care for this amazing piece of machinery.
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