It's a small portable typewriter. One of the smallest ones, in fact. Hermes has an excellent reputation, so when this one showed up at a reasonable price and supposedly in good shape, I leapt at it.
Showed up and it didn't shift. Shift keys didn't feel like they were even connected to anything, just moved loosely from one position to the other.
In a larger typewriter, this is a long linkage and I figured it might have broken or fallen out. I decided to open it up and see:
After that, I cleaned and lubricated where I could, and it's working pretty well. Needs a new ribbon and it seems to not want to double-space, but still, I'm not unhappy so far.
5 months ago