**WORKS** OLDEST HAMMOND 1 TYPEWRITER IN THE WORLD *COMPLETE PACKAGE* For Sale
**WORKS** OLDEST HAMMOND 1 TYPEWRITER IN THE WORLD *COMPLETE PACKAGE*:
Buy with confidence! I have taken photos from every angle and filmed a short video demonstration which can be viewed on this YouTube style="margin:0px; font-style:normal; font-variant-caps:normal; font-stretch:normal; font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:rgb(0, 0, 0);">
All of my photos and videos are shot and filmed under natural lighting. I do not use artificial lighting and I do my best to capture the raw and true color tones of its condition.
Richard Boydston fully restored this Hammond typewriter and these are his words:
"This is a rare opportunity for you to own the oldest Hammond typewriter known to exist.This is based on a Hammond serial number list kept on a website in Belgium, of all Hammond typewriters known to exist.The serial number of this Model 1 Hammond is 109.In 1887 the Hammond company announced that they had produced 4000 machines since production started in late 1884. Hammond started the serial numbers of their machines at 101.Depending on how fast the Hammond company was able to produce the very first machines on their assembly line, this typewriter could possibly have been built on the very first day of production, but certainly within the first week of production.
This machine was found in an attic in Queens, New York, in 2015 and had been there for over 100 years.It was also only a few miles from the Hammond factory location on the East River, and had probably been in New York City since it was purchased by the original owner. When this machine was discovered, it was in very bad condition, due to being neglected to over 100 years.I was able to take it apart and clean and lubricate the mechanism and actually get it to function once again.The spring wound motor still held tension when it was wound.This machine underwent extensive cleaning and lubricating.After it was removed from the wood cabinet, all of the keys were removed and the key levers were thoroughly cleaned of any rust or corrosion and then lubricated.The escapement was also cleaned and lubricated, as well as all moving parts of the mechanism. During the cleaning process, some of the original nickel plating came off of the eraser bar across the top of the carriage, and the shuttle shield that surrounds the top of the turret mechanism.I decided to clean it down to the original brass metal and polish the brass, giving it a nice, unique appearance.These parts could be re-plated in the future, if the new owner so desired.The wooden cabinet cleaned up nicely and still has a nice shine on the original wood finish.The wooden deck, that covers the key levers, has a thin wooden veneer that has become somewhat wrinkled in appearance, but still retains a nice shine on the finish, as you can see in the photos.
This Hammond Model 1 is very unique in several ways.For instance, it does not have a hole in the rear of the wood cabinet for a key to wind the spring motor.Apparently the Hammond company did not see the need for a customer to ever have to wind the motor, once it left the factory.It can only be wound by removing it from the wood cabinet.I have never seen this on a Hammond Model 1 before, and I have owned several of them.Another very unique feature is the way the split typing shuttles were held onto the anvil mechanism.You can see in the photos that at the top of the shaft, in the center of the turret mechanism, there is a thumbwheel to hold the typing shuttles in place.I have never seen another Hammond 1 with this type of attachment. One last unique thing about this machine is the fact that the serial number was not stamped into the metal frame, as on later models.The only place it appears is where it is stamped into the rear of the wooden cabinet, as shown in one of the photos.These three unique characteristics that appear on this machine, really set it apart from any other Model 1 Hammond typewriters.
All keys function, and the carriage advances with each key stroke as it should. However, the hammer no longer contacts the type shuttle to produce a print on the paper. This could actually be a good thing, because the old split typing shuttles on these machines are very fragile, and it is not recommended that they be subjected to typing anyhow, as this could cause them to break, due to their age and being very brittle. The split shuttle also moves with each key stroke, so the machine can be fully demonstrated in all function, expect for actually printing on a sheet of paper."
If you would like to be the new owner of this earliest known example of a Hammond typewriter, don't hesitate to place a offer on it, as this opportunity has never happened before, and I doubt it will ever happen again. This is truly a rare example of one of the very first Hammond machines to leave the factory at the very beginning of producing these fantastic typewriters. You are buying the complete package: Hammond #109 Typewriter, Hammond wooden cover, Hammond manual (reproduced) and the ETC Magazine highlighting Richard Boydston restoring the oldest Hammond typewriter.
I have experience shipping typewriters worldwide and I will triple box this item with all new packing material. I have more photos if you'd like to see them. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.