Offering a stunning vintage 1940s Western Electric 302 red desktop telephone. This is a model 302 Deco style desktop telephone from Western Electric, which started production in 1937. It was their first model with the ringer encased inside the telephone. Prior to the 302 model, all of their telephones had a separate wall mounted ringer box. The telephone has been meticulously refurbished, with gorgeous glossy red enamel. The ringer sounds fantastic. The original model F1 heavy bakelite receiver has excellent functionality and calls are crisp. All the cords are in new old stock condition, with a modern style modular line cord plug. The telephone is ready to plugin and use. This is an exceptionally well refurbished phone. Western Electric designed their phones for uncompromising reliability and durability. This is a very fine example of a model 302 telephone from the era. Ready for use right out of the box. Click here for more details.
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)
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.
Offering a stunning refurbished 1930s Royal Model O portable typewriter with its original carrying case. The typewriter had been partially disassembled for refurbishment, adjustment, and cleaning. It has also been professionally polished and waxed. There some very minor imperfections to the ultra glossy paintwork. All the glass keys are clear, glossy and individually clean. The nickel plated metal parts have been cleaned and polished to match the “showroom” glossy deep black paint. Due to the exceptional glossiness of the enamel paint, a clear reflection of the antique table surface can be seen on the painted surfaces. The typewriter has pica for a typeface, which is the larger 10 characters per inch. A new high quality black & red ribbon was installed, and the platen shows minor signs of use. All the letter slugs were individually cleaned for crisp type quality. It types impeccably well, with crisp typeface. An extensive typing test was done to make sure everything moves and operates smoothly. The Royal ‘Standard’ Model O is one of the most reliable vintage typewriters from the era, and incredibly easy to use.
The portable Royal comes with its original carrying case, and a copy of the manual. There are signs of use and age to the carrying case, with corner & surface wear. The case has been fully cleaned. It also received a coating of a polymer polish, which is semi-gloss, and dry to the touch. A handsome clean carrying case, and a fine companion to the typewriter.
This is one of the nicest Royal Model O ‘Standard’ portable typewriters you will find. A lot of hours went into the refurbishment, and it shows.
The Royal typewriter comes with a one (1) year warranty on the draw band (the cord which makes the typewriter carriage move). In the unlikely event the draw band should ever need to be replaced during this period, send it back to us for the service work free of charge. Shipping charges not included.
All our typewriters are professionally packaged with a great deal of care. Within the lower 48 states, the typewriter will ship by UPS Ground insured. Additional shipping fees to Alaska & Hawaii via USPS.
Note: International shipping by request. Please be in contact for exact international shipping rates to your country. Some countries will cost less to ship, and others more. Give us your international location, and we’ll get the exact shipping costs for you. The international shipping rate quoted is an estimate, and will differ by country.
Offering 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.
Offering a meticulously refurbished 1933 Imperial ‘Good Companion’ Portable Typewriter. It was disassembled for refurbishment, so the mechanicals could be fully cleaned, and adjusted. We extensively test our typewriters throughout the long refurbishment process. Even the typewriter carrying case has been reconditioned. This is as good as it gets for a 1930s Imperial typewriter. Impeccable condition. The typewriter is available in both the Chairish and Etsy marketplaces. Click here to view this typewriter with more photos, and full details.
International shipping is available by request.
Offering a beautiful Victor Talking Machine with the original finish intact. Dated to 1916. The Victrola No. 2 soundbox has been refurbished. Fully working and stunning. For more information, please visit Hartong International on Etsy.
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.