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1911 Monarch 2 Serial # 66720 1911 Monarch 2 typewriter, Serial # 66720 Enrico Morozzi's 1911 Monarch 2 typewriter. 2017-04-24 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Enrico Morozzi: 1911 Monarch 2 Serial # 66720 Monarch Mo.2
The s/n doesn't match.. but this specimen is really a n.2.. the decals and the ribbon color window leave no doubt about it.
The Monarch was the first front-strike typewriter from Typewriter Union, first produced in 1904.
It was meant to be an opponent to the Underwood n.5, and It did have some interesting mechanical innvovations, but really didn't match the target.
The greatest defect i found in this typewriter: horizontal alignment.. the lack of a typeguide together with the wearing of the typebar joints makes the spacing rather inaccurate, like you can see in the typing sample below.

1911 Monarch 2 #66720

Status: Sightings
Created: 04-12-2014 at 03:19AM
Last Edit: 04-24-2017 at 09:19AM


Description:

Monarch Mo.2
The s/n doesn't match.. but this specimen is really a n.2.. the decals and the ribbon color window leave no doubt about it.
The Monarch was the first front-strike typewriter from Typewriter Union, first produced in 1904.
It was meant to be an opponent to the Underwood n.5, and It did have some interesting mechanical innvovations, but really didn't match the target.
The greatest defect i found in this typewriter: horizontal alignment.. the lack of a typeguide together with the wearing of the typebar joints makes the spacing rather inaccurate, like you can see in the typing sample below.

Typeface Specimen:

Photos:

The margin-setting stops are located behind the papershield.
The margin-setting stops are located behind the papershield.

The tabulator is very effective, it works by removable stops located behind the carriage.
The tabulator is very effective, it works by removable stops located behind the carriage.

Line-spacing has three different regulations, the switch is under the carriage retun lever.
Line-spacing has three different regulations, the switch is under the carriage retun lever.

The  twin wheels escapement is a rather original one.
The twin wheels escapement is a rather original one.

The keys have no type-segment, they are hooked one-by-one. The typebars are fixed to the basket by a tweezer-like system, easy to loosen in the time.
The keys have no type-segment, they are hooked one-by-one. The typebars are fixed to the basket by a tweezer-like system, easy to loosen in the time.

This machine is a basket-shift one, the ribbon is a standart two-tone 13mm.
This machine is a basket-shift one, the ribbon is a standart two-tone 13mm.

A detail of the serial number.. very high for a model.2.. maybe it was rebuilt ??
A detail of the serial number.. very high for a model.2.. maybe it was rebuilt ??

This is an interesting system under the keyboard.. when a keybar is down it stops all the other keybars.
This prevents typebar jamming, but sensibly slows down the typing rythm.
This is an interesting system under the keyboard.. when a keybar is down it stops all the other keybars. This prevents typebar jamming, but sensibly slows down the typing rythm.

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