Bijou Model 5

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A stunning Bijou  Model 5 portable typewriter made in Dresden , Germany in 1931 . Bijou typewriters were made by Seidel & Naumann pre war and the same plant was used to restart the Erika production after the war , but in what became East Germany . This one is a fine example of a wonderfully engineered and made machine and is in a shiny black enamel colour . It has the traditional off white with silver chrome surround and glass topped keys with the numbers and punctuation keys in a black . It has the Bijou logo in gold on the front and the back although both are very faded now. This one was distributed by Duncan & Co in Glasgow and it has their very nice "thistle " style logo on the front right hand corner of the typewriter. It also has a cork platen and types with the slightly larger Pica font size of 10 letters to the inch.

 This typewriter has been professionally cleaned, serviced , adjusted and tested. It is in full working order and fitted with a new Group 1 ribbon so its all ready for you to start typing on. 

 We can supply Group 1 typewriter ribbons when required at £4.95 each including postage. Available in plain black, red/black, blue and purple. You would then just rewind the new ribbon onto the existing metal spools.  A ribbon will last you a long time . To give you an idea , in an office environment with someone using a typewriter professionally a ribbon would last them around 3 months .

The enamel paintwork and silver chrome work are all in a  good condition with only some small marks  .It types well and we have given it a clean ,service , adjusted and tested  it and fitted a new ribbon . It comes with a case which is in a good overall condition for its age . There are some signs of wear in places to the covering over the wooden case . You can keep it on its base board or take it off the four prongs that hold it in place . The top of the case fits over the typewriter and clips in place . The metal fastening to close works well . The original handle is now missing but we have fashioned a black barathea ribbon as a handle.

This is a highly collectable working pre war Bijou typewriter with lovely glass topped keys.

Delivery anywhere within the UK is included in the price .


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"My Olivetti arrived a couple days ago. Got a chance to test it out and it works like a dream (you wouldn’t guess it was nearly half a century old). Thank you for including the original metal spools, it adds a great touch to the machine. Looking forward to adding another typewriter to the collection sometime soon..." - Jake

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