Unquestionably, ribbons proved the best, most economical, method for applying ink to a page — various other systems never gained traction — so that someone would modify this Sun No. 2 (pictured above) seems logical, though, in terms of collectibility, rather unfortunate.
According to the Etsy seller, “The system was added by local engineer later on. [S]o the mechanism was principally re-built to accept more common ribbon.” He did not explain how the ribbon advances. I suppose the operator would have to advance the ribbon manually, by hand.
Had someone made this modification in the early 1900s — and such could be demonstrated — this would be a rather interesting item. That ribbons were added “later on” (how much later?) leaves it somewhat mutilated.
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