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1920 Improved Model X after restoration
I purchased this key off of Ebay and it was quite incomplete but enough was there that I felt I could restore it without too much trouble. I had a couple of parts to get started on the restoration and then fabricated the rest of the parts to get it back to square one. When I received the key, it was painted green. The green paint was easily taken off with just my fingernail because it was nickel plated underneath. I'm sure the previous owner painted it because it looked to be rusted badly in one area. I polished it up as best as I could and now it is back to the original nickel plated base. What makes this the "New and Improved" model is the fact that the vibrating pendulum shaft is round instead of square like most of the early Model X keys you will see.