The Royal Signet and Hermes Baby: side by side, they look almost identical.
Royal Signet: I haven't yet had a Royal in the collection, but I have a feeling this - one of their later offerings - is not particularly the best place to start!
Hermes Baby: It is not often I meet a Hermes Baby that seems beyond repair, so the sorry state of this one surprised me. However, the stuck keys may have been a less serious problem than I thought, since the rest of the machine seems cosmetically fine. However, I was more interested in Big Brother:
Hermes Ambassador - and a very fine one at that!
I wasted no time in sweeping away the cover and unfolding the paper support.
Carrying out some ambassadorial duties of my own
And here, the finished result. Not perfect, but it will do. I was surprised that such a large machine would have the exact same typeface of my tiny Hermes Baby; somehow I thought the size of the text would be proportional to the size of the typewriter. It never is, though.