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 Post subject: Re: Found in the wild, Victor M
PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:19 pm 
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It certainly cleaned up really nicely! That horn also looks really good on it!

Cheers,

David


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 Post subject: Re: Found in the wild, Victor M
PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:06 pm 
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So glad to see this beautiful piece rescued for posterity. A victory for our hobby. And love your restoration philosophy--a Monarch butterfly re-emerging!


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 Post subject: Re: Found in the wild, Victor M
PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:22 pm 
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Very exciting, and I like your philosophy in leaving it original using just enough love to bring out its beauty without destroying its history.

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Fran
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"Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while" - the unappreciative supervisor.


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 Post subject: Re: Found in the wild, Victor M
PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:17 pm 
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fran604g wrote:
Very exciting, and I like your philosophy in leaving it original using just enough love to bring out its beauty without destroying its history.

Best,
Fran


Thank you for the comments and encouragement. I know that the machine could look a lot better with fresh paint, plating, finish and decals, but I am trying to preserve what I have. I respect any opinions regarding whether or not I should go for a full restoration or keep it a survivor, (as I said already, I am trying for minimal). The horn still has the remnants of surface rust and plenty of character flaws, (Flitz polish helped to blend the rust a bit). The Brass bell is hand polished using Bar Keepers polish, and Flitz, (and lots of elbow grease). The ID plate says “M” and the serial number is 21385, so I am thinking that this is probably a 1903 machine. The cabinet still needs some more cleaning, oiling and waxing and the motor needs to be serviced.


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 Post subject: Re: Found in the wild, Victor M
PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:00 pm 
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Nice job cleaning your M. I have to agree that this one isn't a candidate for a total restoration. It looks great with just a good cleaning and polishing.
Enjoy!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Found in the wild, Victor M
PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:46 pm 
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Congrats! I'm on your side with keeping her all original. I am also delighted to know that some these are still out there in attics for us to find!


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 Post subject: Re: Found in the wild, Victor M
PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:39 am 
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The horn has no sign of a decal. Does anyone know when Victor began putting them on the horns? I believe that this one is from 1903.

I still have to service the motor and find it a different perch so that I can use my Credenza.


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 Post subject: Re: Found in the wild, Victor M
PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:47 am 
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It’s looks great. And also, you care and attention is a real tribute to the previous owner. A tip of the hat for that and a job very welll done!


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