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:-
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!
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.
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)..as 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.
Postby zeb » May 12, 2017, 2:07 am
Triple chrome plating is a new invention ?
Maltoni says first Italian Mercurio 1953. French ones where made in Nice since 1949.