Just kilometers from where it was produced - in Nice - I found a Conti Princess:
At least, that's what I think it is. It doesn't have a lever, but a volumetric mechanism that works on water pressure. Turn knob to set volume, push knob to lock a lever and start the flow and wait for you coffee(s). When the set volume is reached, the rod is release and the flow stops. See the movie I included (1:30).
The mechanism in detail:
It is produced after 1965, as it has a Monaco address. The machine looks completely original and is gas operated, although the fitting for a light is present (no wiring though).
So... couple of questions:
- Is this a Princess?
- Are there more of these mechanisms (other Contis or other brands?)
- How is the pressure set on these (gas-)machines?
- Is the white stuff in the hood and the leftovers on the gas cover (see photo) possibly asbestos?
(If not, what is it??)
White stuff on the (upside down) hood:
White gunk on the gas cover:
Looking forward to restoring this beauty..