And for what gain? On my eBay typewriter alert this morning, the above item came up with a “Buy it Now” price of $24.95!
The item is advertised as the “quaver or eighth note, musical note typewriter key with the number 6. This key is from a very RARE and hard to find antique Smith Corona Typewriter that was made for writing music as well and regular typing.”
This seller is proud to say, “All of my typewriter creations are made with authentic, vintage typewriter and cash register keys from the 1900s-1940s."
Yes, you will find the Typewriter Vandals will be out in force this Christmas, as shoppers go hunting for gifts for the “people who have everything”.
These keychoppers have even finally penetrated my own outer defences, around fortress Canberra, and this advertisement appeared locally on the weekend:
Let me give fellow collector and historian Alan Seaver the final word on this subject:
“Today, keychoppers (those who remove the keys for jewelry and other crafts) are diminishing the number of surviving typewriters at an alarming rate. Someday, machines that have been preserved by collectors may be the only ones left.”