Serial #B1-106/2 & FPB A-1803
I bought this almost blind as an "Italian military typewriter," knowing nothing about Antares (not that I know much more now). I wasn't able to find a serial number on the frame of the machine (help!) thought I did find these numbers on the underside of the ribbon cover: B1-106/2 & FPB A-1803. Could one of these be the serial number? It would be unusual for the number not to appear on the frame, but I have seen it on other typewriters. This machine types really well and I love its low profile. I also noticed that the shift keys operate independently; it could be the first time I've seen that.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I have suddenly become a typewriter collector. It started with one purchase and has ballooned to a collection of more than forty in less than a year. I'm learning fast but I'm still a novice compared to others in the typosphere, including here in Toronto, where I haunt thrift shops and antique markets, and even the occasional basement. I'm a former magazine writer and published author, and a professional book editor by trade, and I learned to type on manuals despite the proliferation of electrics, so I like to think I come by my sudden and rather manic passion honestly.
The return lever folds down and hooks under the left platen knob. The black circle on the right is a button that pushes in and pops back out through a hole in the cover, holding it in place on either side of the typewriter.