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Odhner Model 1, Nr. 3357

It had to happen at some point - I was offered a short-crank Odhner machine by a collector friend, at a more or less reasonable price, and felt compelled to buy it. It has one of the latest serial numbers of all short-crank Odhners, 3357, and is thus already quite different from the very first models - more specifically, the layout of the engravings on the top plate (and the orthography of A ..) is completely changed. When I got the machine, it clearly needed rather a lot of restoration work.

Original Odhner 1 picture 1

Original Odhner 1 picture 1

The most striking deficiency was the much later wingnut on the result register, which additionally was sitting on a bent clearing axle. I exchanged it for the correct clearing axle with smaller wingnut from one of my other early Odhners. I also exchanged numeral wheel n 12, which was a much later replacement.

Watch out - scary picture!

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Since the matte paint clearly was not original anyway, I decided to repaint the machine a nice shiny black. The top cover was unpainted, or rather the paint was removed by a previous owner. I gave it a coat of paint, then thought the better of it, as it was looking ugly, and depite using very thin paint, much of the detail was lost in the engravings. I then decided to use "metalblak" (a tarnishing liquid based on SeO2) on the top plate to give it a patinated look, and I think it has come out rather well. I also had to exchange all the screws, many of which were missing. The identifiers for the paint and nickel shop are stamped in all the parts to be nickeled and painted, as well as the set of parts they need to return to - for this machine, they are a large 8, followed by a small 1.

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