1907 Fox 24 #21453
Created: 11-27-2015 at 04:17AM
Last Edit: 01-19-2020 at 03:41PM
For me, this is one of those typewriters that is a real privilege to own. Foxes don't seem to be immensely rare (there generally seems to be one for sale on eBay somewhere...) but they are so beautiful and well-made that I still get a little shiver of excitement to think that this one is mine!
It's not in immaculate condition - there is a little rust and paint loss, and the chrome and paintwork are quite dull - but I love its patina and wouldn't change a thing about it. For the first time I see what people mean when they talk about not wanting to restore a machine to gleaming, spick-and-span condition. This machine's weathered appearance is a testament to its impressive age and it would be a bit duplicitous to interfere with that.
I would love to return it to a functioning state, however! It's not currently typing but I think I can see what's wrong with it and it's only a minor fix. It's in a very good mechanical state compared to the suffering visited upon some Foxes during shipping that I've read about on the Internet. The carriage and keys currently move freely, the original ribbon is intact albeit a little tattered, and even the platen appears quite supple.
This machine seems to have been very advanced for its time - there is such a range of features, including one that seems to change the speed of the carriage movement. I particularly love the push-button ribbon colour change and the staggered typebars. Full-size Fox machines all seem to have some quirky keys, and mine is no exception - it's very useful for all those occasions where you need to write about hundredweights of goods! And, of course, there's the supremely elegant decals and pinstriping which are generally in splendid condition on my machine. Before receiving it, I didn't realise that the motifs on the sides and paper table were done in green to complement the gold!
This piece came from the collection of an Adelaide man who apparently had many beautiful machines. I will treasure this wonderful typewriter in the knowledge that I'm providing his legacy with a good home.
Sold May 2019.
Hunter: Nick Winter (winter)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
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