Category: English

Vintage 1930s Imperial ‘Good Companion’ Typewriter, Refurbished, Impeccable

 

Impeccable 1930s Imperial ‘Good Companion’ Portable Typewriter
Designer: Hildalgo Moya
Date of Manufacture: 1935
Serial Number: AB212
Impeccable Cosmetic & Mechanical Condition

Offering a 1930s Art Deco Imperial ‘Good Companion’ Portable Typewriter in impeccable condition. It’s been fully refurbished, with original high gloss black paint. The Imperial portables from this era were all hand assembled to a high level of excellence. It shows minor signs of use and everything works flawlessly. The typewriter received a meticulous cleaning, servicing/adjustments, and a new ribbon. It was disassembled for cleaning. The chrome plating is in excellent condition, with only minor signs of use. All the original paint has been carefully cleaned, polished and waxed. A very high quality wax was used on the paint for a deep “showroom” shine. The rubber platen is in fine condition. There’s a significant historical value to these early Imperial portables in this level of condition. The typewriter comes with an original carrying case, which is in good condition for its age, with wear to the corners and some surface wear. The carrying case has a very nice clean felt interior. The original leather handle has some wear from age, but is reinforced by a steel core, so it’s very sturdy. The typewriter comes with a high quality reprint of the original manual. It takes many days to refurbish a typewriter. It’s ready for regular daily use.

There are very few early Imperial models around in this level of cosmetic and functional condition. The typewriter is a joy to use. The Royal Warrant displayed on the right side was awarded to the Imperial Typewriter Company by His Majesty King George V, for their ingenuity and beautiful Art Deco inspired styling. The Imperial ‘Good Companion’ captured the hearts of writers & musicians, including Ernest Hemingway and John lennon. This portable typewriter is an exceptionally well designed machine with stunning luxurious looks, but is also an important piece of history from the WWII era. A rare find in this condition. The early portable Imperials were considered the Rolls Royce of typewriters.

The typewriter draw band (carriage cord) comes with a one year warranty against breakage. If the draw band should ever need replacing, we will replace the draw band. Shipping not included for this warranty coverage. The warranty is available to buyers within the US only.

Dimensions: Approximately 12″W x 5.5″H x 12″D (carrying case)

Price: $1349.-

Note: The typewriter will be professionally packaged and ship fully insured via UPS Ground within the US.

Note: The typewriter will be professionally packaged and ship fully insured via UPS Ground within the US. Domestic Shipping: $38.-USD

Note: International shipping by request only. Please be in contact for exact international shipping rates to your country. Additional shipping fees apply to Alaska and Hawaii.

Vintage 1930s Imperial Portable Typewriter, Made in England, Fully Refurbished, Rare Early Model

il_fullxfull.1408392374_97j1Offering a rare 1934 Art Deco Styled Imperial Good Companion Portable Typewriter. It’s in fully refurbished condition, with black high gloss original paint. The typewriter is an early example of ‘The Good Companion’ Model 1. There are some subtle differences from later production models, including a sleek carrying case design with chrome details at the rear. The Imperial portables from this era were all hand assembled to a high level of excellence. It shows minor signs of use and everything works perfectly. The Imperial received a meticulous cleaning, servicing, and a new ribbon. The chrome plating is flawless. The type bars and slugs have been cleaned, revealing the rare flat carbon black finish. All the original paint has been carefully cleaned, polished and waxed. A very high quality wax was used on the paint for a deep “showroom” shine. The rubber platen is in excellent condition. It’s an exceptionally beautiful machine from the 1930s. There’s a significant historical value to these early Imperial portables in this level of condition. The typewriter comes with the original case, which is in a “near mint” condition given its age, with a very nice wool felt interior. The leather handle is a new heavy duty replacement. There’s some minor pitting to the chrome parts on the case exterior from age. Fully functional. It comes with a high quality reprint of the original manual. There’s very minor wear to the corners of the case, and it’s a very worthy companion to the refurbished typewriter. Given the early manufacture date, it comes without the King George V Royal Warrant decal, which is found on later models. Click for further details.

Vintage 1930s Style Imperial ‘Good Companion’ Portable Typewriter, Fully Refurbished, Impeccable

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Offering an impeccable Imperial ‘Good Companion’ portable typewriter. It’s in fully refurbished condition, with black satin original crinkle paint. The Imperial portables from this era were all hand assembled to a very high level of excellence. It shows very minor signs of use, and everything works perfectly. The Imperial typewriter was disassembled and received a meticulous cleaning, servicing, a new ribbon, and extensive testing. The type bars and slugs have been cleaned for sharp type quality. All the original paint has been carefully cleaned. It’s an exceptionally beautiful machine from 1940. There’s a significant historical value to these early Imperial portables in this level of condition.

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Vintage Typewriters Are Hot

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It’s been many years since the vintage typewriter revival started, and the trend is here to stay. We frequently stock fully refurbished 1920s & 1930s models from Royal and Imperial. The Royal typewriters were manufactured in NYC, and they’re built to last many lifetimes. The Imperial typewriters were manufactured in the UK, and are incredibly pleasing to the eye, with lots of chrome, beautiful contours and also built to last many lifetimes. There are a lot of typewriters out there, but finding an early example carefully refurbished and brought back to its full glory is a rarity. All our typewriters are meticulously cleaned, polished, waxed and mechanically serviced, resulting in a reliable machine with beautiful time-warp looks, feel and typing from a bygone era. They’re a real treat to admire and type on.

The typewriter above is a Royal Model P from the early 1930s. It has tabulation, which is an unusual feature for this model. The mocha two-tone brown is outstanding. For more information on this model, please visit Hartong International on Etsy.

Large Antique Oil on Canvas, Gentlemen in Formal Attire, Lovely Original Portrait

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Offering an early 20th century (1900-1910) antique oil painting of two gentlemen and a young butler. Unsigned, but this was generally the case with many portraits from this era. The original frame, which is no longer present, would have displayed a brass plate with the family name and the artists details. This portrait was painted by a highly skilled painter, with an excellent grasp of using loose brush strokes for a formal painting. A very desirable style, showing great skill. The artist was very gifted and likely schooled in Europe. This painting was obtained in the New York City area.

The condition of the painting is excellent, with no areas of significant damage. A very fine example with some creases showing the stretcher from behind. It has a beautiful clean finish and a glossy older varnish present, which has protected the paint. The frame is suited well to the painting, but not the original frame.

Size: 19.5″x30.5″

Young Woman In Blue, Circa 1880-1895, Beautiful Portrait

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YOUNG WOMAN IN BLUE, c.1880-1895
English Portrait Painter
Pastel on Paper
Monogrammed “CSL”
Framed 17.5″x 20.5″
SOLD

Offering a pastel on paper drawing of a lovely young woman in blue.  She appears to be in her 20’s.  The pastel drawing is rather loose and more of a sketch.  Likely a quick portrait in pastel for a possible oil painting.  The colours are vibrant, with incredible detailing in the face.  Her eyes are amazing and tell a story.  Her face is beautiful, but  naturally less than symmetrical.  She’s certainly a beautiful young woman.  The pastel drawing is well preserved and framed behind glass.
I removed the pastel from it’s frame to have a closer look and clean the interior glass.  The monogram is very close to the edge of the paper, which appears to have been trimmed during it’s history.  It’s glued in a few spots to a board and I was able to shine a light through most of the drawing.  There are no watermarks, a few small rips and creases present.  There are three oil spots, starting on her chest, a bit below is a very small one and a larger one on her blue dress.  The monogram, “CSL” had been written quickly, as opposed to the attention paid with the monogram in his oil paintings.
International shipping available.  The glass will be removed for overseas shipment, leaving the drawing and frame.  It’s too risky to ship glass internationally.