Hi Al and the List:
The finish is so subtle that I did not realize what I had purchased
until several days later when in cleaning the black spray paint, that had
been used to cover the worn areas across the front, it came off with ease
exposing the brass (actually copper, I believe) below the dark anodized
finish and nickel areas below the copper. I had thought when I purchased it
that someone had sprayed the nickel parts with black spray paint. The
carriage was or is broken on one side. I thought I was buying an early
Underwood No. 4 parts machine. When the finish wiped off the front bar I
recall sitting back in my easy chair at the other end on the room in total
surprise. I was expecting to see what remained of the stencil beneath the
thin wash of black paint. While sitting there staring across the room at
this typewriter I noticed the finish was very reflective (almost mirror
like) with a tint of a warm metallic bronze color in the almost black finish
unlike any finish I had ever seen on an Underwood before. I have left it as
is with only a light cleaning. Makes me wonder what other undiscovered items
are in my collection. Enjoy the hunt, there is still much to be discovered.
From: opyt1313 [mailto:opyt1313@...
Sent: Friday, April 01, 2005 11:18 AM
Subject: [TYPEWRITERS] Re: hi I'm Alan / query re: brass Underwood
thanks guys, both for the welcome and the info.
and now I know what to look for; I had expected
to see a sort of solid brass, golden-hued blonde underwood, sort of
a poor man's malling hansen. but the plating effect seems more subtle
than that in jim's photo. interesting.
--- In TYPEWRITERS@yahoogroups.com, "Jim SureWest" <dax@r...> wrote:
> Hi Alan,
> They say a picture is worth a few words so I will put my Plated
> Underwood in the Yahoo files. It is some sort of shinny black
> plating which is over a chrome or nickel plating on cast iron. It is
> interesting to note that all internal and external parts are
treated in this
> way. In the photo you can see where the brass plating has worn off
> usual places, where black paint wares on a conventional Underwood,
> the nickel plating beneath.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: opyt1313 [mailto:opyt1313@y...]
> Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2005 10:42 AM
> To: TYPEWRITERS@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [TYPEWRITERS] hi i'm alan / query re: brass underwood
> my name is alan and i'm a type-o-holic.
> "hi alan".
> (sorry, but my candid admission does make me feel like i'm at an AA
> hi hi.
> well, some time ago i became interested in typewriters, and am
> to familiarize
> myself with the various scholarly publications such as the
> museum magazine, and also the rehr book which i find fascinating.
> rehr mentions that there is a brass underwood, and i've read
> elsewhere that it was produced
> for use by the us navy. question: what serial number or date range
> does one need to look
> for in order to find one? i have a couple underwoods, but they are
> black cast iron. the
> brass would also be painted over in black, right?... any pointers
> would be mucho
> appreciated. or perhaps a photo in the files section--that would be
> awesome so i could see
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