This is a customers Royal KMM machine from 1945 brought in after being a display in their shop for a very, very long time. This is just about as Americana as you can get with typewriter art. What a great object!
Sooo dirty with missing carriage bearings and a broken carriage return lever. Oh yes, a dropped typewriter along with all the damage that comes with it. Oh, and add a touch of rust in many wrong places. This baby was jammed and only the type bars moved.
After a good cleaning, being careful to protect the hand painted art, it took many hours of tweaking pretty much every section of the machine. Even had to remove the carriage from the machine to free up the escapement, tab and margin assemblies, plus replacing missing bearings.
All in all a fun repair job. And it types!