Mercurio- My dream becomes a reality

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Postby Paolo » May 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

I have admired and secretly lusted-after a Faema Mercurio for many years now. I have never seen one in-the-metal but have made a point to check out any information and look at any photos of them that I could find.

Then I saw this this photo of a long-neglected damsel:-

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Postby TomC » May 11, 2017, 11:02 pm

Lucky man! That's #2 on my very short list. Please share some info/pics if you can on the restoration.


Postby Marcelnl » May 11, 2017, 11:13 pm

Wow.....I'm still hoping to fimd a one or two group Urania but this will also do...

Congratulations on a great find!
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Postby Paolo » May 11, 2017, 11:51 pm

My Mercurio has made the move from its previous home in Italy and will be on its way to me in Australia...eventually. At the moment it is in a restoration specialist's workshop on the other side of the world from me.

This machine is much too precious for me to dabble with.

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Postby drgary » May 12, 2017, 12:09 am

To think that folks buy new instead of restoring a treasure. Congratulations!

What I WOULD do for a good cup of coffee!


Postby Paolo » May 12, 2017, 12:11 am

The machine has been completely dismantled. I am really fortunate to have a real input into the whole process.
Here are some pictures...

All metal parts will be brought back being to close to perfect before being triple chrome plated.


Postby Paolo » May 12, 2017, 12:13 am

Thanks guys...I really do look at this machine as a soon-to-be resurrected treasure!
As far as I know it was made in Italy (having brown bakelite handles) opposed to the French Mercurios having black handles. It is a first series model. I hope to find out the year of its manufacture soon. The manufacture date isn't printed on the manometer as it sometimes can be.

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Postby zeb » May 12, 2017, 2:07 am

Triple chrome plating is a new invention ? :lol:

Maltoni says first Italian Mercurio 1953. French ones where made in Nice since 1949.


Postby Paolo » May 12, 2017, 2:13 am

'Triple plated chrome' is what I meant to say. :oops:

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Postby samuellaw178 » May 12, 2017, 2:56 am

We need even more pictures :D :D :D