It's main purpose in life now will not to be a working model but to show people what a Caligraph looked like and, of particular interest, the keyboard configuration.
Since the machine was missing five keys when I received it, I had to compromise on this a little. The capitals are still placed on the outer edges of the keyboard, so the general idea remains the same.
When I posted images of the Caligraph I bought, Adwoa put me to the challenge by wondering aloud how I would go about fixing the keyboard.
The best image of a Caligraph keyboard layout I could find was from a front-on photo of a Caligraph on a "Mr Martin" website (above).
Using the lower case "m" as a guide, I found the closest font for the characters was Arial Rounded MT Bold.
mAfter cleaning out very hard resin which remained in some of the keytops, I printed out the characters, cut them out and placed them in the keytop shells.
I had earlier tried out two other methods, filling the keytop shells with coloured Blue Tack and placing the characters on top, and also using silver keytop rings. But the best result was to put the printed characters at the bottom of the shells and fill the shells with a clear glue.
Early on I realised that the keyboard layout I was working from had 12 keys a line, whereas mine had 13! This actually suited me, since, missing five keys, I had replaced two keys on the bottom bank and three gaps in the top bank by having eight keys in a row on the top bank. This meant using some of the capitals from the top bank elsewhere.
The trim comes from a 3mm pinstripe tape usually used for car trimming. I think it sets off the look nicely. The decal comes from the PDF of a past edition of ETCetera, the clearest image I could find. I printed this, scanned it and then printed it on to a white-backed transfer. If you don't think any of this works, let me know - but as I said, the main purpose is for me to simply show Australians what a Caligraph looked like.
The metal parts on the carriage have been wire-brushed and sanded to remove surface flaking and corrosion.
There is still work to be done, touching up here and there. Some keys are "drooping" because their filaments (brush wire) connections are missing, causing the long connecting wooden typerods to drop down, and these will somehow need to be propped up.
Anyway, I'm pleased with progress so far, but I welcome any comments.
I will probably be accused of being a Philistine for overlooking whatever imagined provenance this typewriter might have had. Oh, well, so be it.