The cover of an Hermes Media 3 typewriter
An elaborate design
the Hermes Media 3 is a typewriter of high quality and it is sought for by collectors.
It has some remarkable details. The indicator for ribbon colour is made with four colour-anodised aluminium pinheads, riveted in the aluminium bonnet
It’s wave-form arrangement of the keys gives it a happy appearance
We want to focus on the design of the cover and its locking mechanism
We are dealing with a thin wall aluminium stamping in which the handle is mounted .
The lid reaches under the machine in the back, the two hooks catch the machine when the lid is folded over it.
The two hooks are opened by pushing a single central button.
On the inside there is a wire spring that can hold e.g. sheets of paper and carbon black paper.
Two coil springs active the two hooks and the paper holder
The button is guided in an tube and it operates the two hooks simultaneously via a lever and a shaft. The hooks and the lever are brazed to the shaft.
The three bearings for the shaft are welded (?) to the aluminium case.
Similarly elaborate is the mounting of the handle to the casing.
The handle has two stubs that rotate in round holes in two small chrome stampings.
Each stamping has a round hole on one side and a square hole on the other.
The stamping is wider on the outside than it is on the inside. It slides through a slit in the casing
There is a chromed underlay-washer on the outside
The following photos show an inside view on the chromed stampings. There is a black steel plate and a steel peg. The peg is forced through the square hole in the chromed stamping, thus squeezing the lid between the washer on the outside and the black steel plate on the inside. When done, the peg is secured by bending up a lip of the black steel plate.
This design introduces the forces of carrying the machine via a large area into the thin-walled casing.
This solution looks rather like a miniature version of woodworking designs
Compare this full metal design to the brilliant design in plastic of the cover of a Hermes Baby series 3b, in the photo here below.
There are a mere 6 different design parts to be produced and handled. There is little assembly effort required.
However, I admire the dedication, maybe even devotion, that has gone into the elaborate solution in metal.
So, we take a look at the lid of an Hermes Baby serie 3 a, outside and inside view
On the outside there is a single lever to translate the two hooks on the inside, and open the lid.
The lever can not be operated if the strap is pulled for carrying the typewriter.
Here below are all constituing parts of the mechanism, nothing special, but look at the part count and the effort required to assemble them all.
The strap is an assembly, where a piece of steel in hiding in the rubber.
The keyhole seerves to lock the latch when the strap is pulled. toatal part count: 6
The operating lever is shown below, another 5 parts, welding and rivting. Hoping the weld studs are identical to the ones used on the other end of the strap
The internal parts consist of a guide rail in which the hookbar can translate. a coil spring hides between the rail and the bar.
The rail is positioned and mounted between steel plates and two nuts on both sides. Here we count 7 oparts of different design, 12 parts in total.
This a not a cheap design.
This a designed to make sure that everything works properly, now, and for generations to come.