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18-6-2013 18:42:02  #1


New acquisition: Fox No. 1 Portable

I only got one reply to my query about the value of a Fox No. 1 Portable, but I'm living on the edge so i went for it anyway. It cost me three hours of sitting in an auction and one hundred Canadian dollars.

It's obviously not in the greatest condition, but a good cleaning and some restoration will do wonders. My biggest worry is the three missing type slugs.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3mZn6uodadA/UcDvxUCbA2I/AAAAAAAAAas/v9WS95mGXPs/s1600/fox+1.JPG
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-s9SXrgkRzIE/UcDvtdNayII/AAAAAAAAAag/4VDATIdWTBM/s1600/fox+2.JPG


http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tmz8qejiLJU/UcDvxTf5K-I/AAAAAAAAAao/KFS5xQFpws8/s1600/fox+3.JPG


http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rwPzCbBEyj0/UcDv108EmWI/AAAAAAAAAbA/-FKpB-KNBiE/s1600/fox+5.JPG

 

Last edited by Foljambe (18-6-2013 18:49:17)

 

19-6-2013 13:19:29  #2


Re: New acquisition: Fox No. 1 Portable

Have you got a plan for the missing slugs? Aside from keeping your eyes open for a scrap machine of the same model, I'm not sure what you could do.

 

19-6-2013 14:15:42  #3


Re: New acquisition: Fox No. 1 Portable

My hope is to find someone with a broken up Fox No. 1. If the Fox No. 2 and Sterling have identical slugs that's also a possibility. The only other option is to make like William Morris and start manufacturing type, and I'm not sure I'm up for that. I'll worry about getting the cat hair out of it first.

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19-6-2013 23:48:27  #4


Re: New acquisition: Fox No. 1 Portable

The slugs aren't the only missing parts; there should be two paper fingers kissing that platen.


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20-6-2013 01:56:04  #5


Re: New acquisition: Fox No. 1 Portable

I can see one. I reckon the other probably snapped off. 


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20-6-2013 07:33:45  #6


Re: New acquisition: Fox No. 1 Portable

Well, boys, looks like I bought myself a project...

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21-6-2013 13:12:42  #7


Re: New acquisition: Fox No. 1 Portable

I've never come across one in the UK, but will keep an eye out for you. It would be fantastic to see this one restored.

 

16-4-2014 08:14:08  #8


Re: New acquisition: Fox No. 1 Portable

Hi All,

Looking at the pictures of the Fox portable, i wonder if it is possible to 'transplant' the slugs from a different, scrap typewriter, obviously depending on how generic these parts are. Even if you only get the letters correct you will be able to use it (when it's cleaned and restored as far as possible) until you can source the 'proper' parts.
I would imagine that the slugs are relatively standard (but don't hold me to that !!)

Alan.
P.s How are you getting along with this now ?

 

16-4-2014 11:42:57  #9


Re: New acquisition: Fox No. 1 Portable

At the very least you would have to find/use slugs from another machine of that era; three characters per slug is not what I would call common. I don't collect early typewriters and none of the typers that I own from the late '20s onward have more than two characters per slug.


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16-4-2014 15:46:36  #10


Re: New acquisition: Fox No. 1 Portable

It 'may' be possible to replace the missing slugs  ('typeface' in English parlance) by doing three split typesolders on each typebar.  A normal split typesolder is a pretty skilled job, and many typewriter engineers baulk at doing this.  Three on one typebar would be very difficult - but not impossible.  Your biggest challenge might be finding someone skilled enough and willing to take it on !

 

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