Imperial typewriters were made in Leicester in England and the Good Companion model was first launched in 1932 . It was named after J. B. Priestley's book " The Good Companions" which had been published at the same time and the collaboration with Priestley helped sell a huge number of Imperial typewriters .
This model is a number 1 and was made in 1938 and has a metal body in a wonderful shiny black enamel colour with classic round vintage off white / creme coloured keys with silver chrome surrounds and the letters and numbers in black . It has in gold " Manufactured by the Imperial Typewriter Company Ltd Leicester England " on the back , the "Imperial The Good Companion " logo at the front ( slightly faded ) , "Made in Leicester England " on the front bar , " Imperial " on the carriage and the original agents details on the top at the left side as well as the silver chrome finials on top of each metal spool .This model has the larger " Pica " type so types 10 letters to the inch . Please note there is some reflection of the map behind on the black enamel body of the typewriter in some of our images .
This typewriter has been professionally cleaned, serviced, adjusted and tested. It is in full working order and fitted with a new black ribbon so it's ready for you to start typing!
There are a few minor marks to the body of the typewriter and some slight wear to the silver chrome work on a few of the keys mainly the left hand shift key , but generally it is in a wonderful condition.
We can supply Universal Group 1 typewriter ribbons when required from £4.95 each including postage. You would then rewind the new ribbon onto the existing metal spools. A ribbon will last you a long time and to give you an idea , in an office environment with someone using a typewriter professionally a ribbon would last them around 3 months .
It comes with a case which has a few marks , some discolouration and some wear mainly to the internal lining and to the silver chromework on the closure ,but is generally in a good functional condition . It has a latch to close the case and its original leather handle although there is some wear to the handle .You can keep the typewriter on its base board or take it off easily if you wish by unscrewing the screws underneath. We also include a photocopy of an original instruction booklet .
The typewriter measures 28cms by 28 cms by 11 cms high and the case is 34 cms by 34 cms and 12 cms high .
This is a fabulous 1930's Imperial typewriter in a classic black enamel and in a good working order for it's age.
Delivery anywhere within the UK is included in the price.