Keith scored a Hermes 2000, a Swiss-made typewriter circa 1952. Some historical background:
In 1952, Hermes came out with the 2000 model which was a black, glossy typewriter with ubiquitous round keys. The Hermes model 2000 was considered to be the absolute best of the immediate post-war typewriters, and the best looking. Later iterations of the model 2000 sported the familiar green color that is so reminiscent of the Hermes typewriter line. The predecessor of the famous Hermes 3000 model, the 2000 was a precision instrument that brought together all the very best improvements and features of the Hermes line - lightning margin, automatic tabulator, and touch regulator. The 2000 was smaller, lighter, and had less intricate controls than the next model, the Hermes model 3000.
I can appreciate his enthusiasm because I had a Hermes 3000. Had is a sad verb here. After lugging the thing around well past the point of obsolescence I finally took it to the Goodwill and we parted ways. Subsequently I found out it was worth real money. Financial considerations aside it's easy to see why Keith was gleeful. The typewriter, no longer queen of the mobile Gutenbergs, has evolved a new function: an art making device all its own. Congratulations, Keith and thank you.