Category: vintage typewriters

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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1930s Imperial ‘Good Companion’ Portable Typewriter, Stunning & Fully Refurbished

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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.

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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.