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 No 1 and was made in 1942 and is in a charcoal "crinkle " black colour with a metal body. It has the traditional silver chrome surrounds on the vintage black keys with dark creme coloured letters and numbers on the keys. It has the Imperial Royal Warrant crest on the top right, " Manufactured by the Imperial Typewriter Company Ltd Leicester England " on the back and the "Imperial " logo on the top above the carriage as well as above the keys. This one types with the slightly larger "pica" sized type face giving you 10 letters to the inch and has the chrome finials on the top of each metal spool. We have also replaced the rubber platen in this machine with a new professionally engineered new rubber platen.
We don't often know who the original or previous owner or owners were, but on this occasion we know this Imperial machine belonged to Peter Ernest Ayers who joined the RAF in 1941 in Oxford as there is a silver plate attached to the underside of the carry case with his name and RAF service number on it.
There are only a few very minor marks to the metal body of the typewriter, but generally it is a very nice condition.
This typewriter has been professionally serviced, cleaned, adjusted and tested. It is in full working order and fitted with a new top quality American made Universal ribbon so its all ready for you to start typing on.
We can supply Universal TW38 typewriter ribbons from £6.95 each including postage. Available in plain black, red/black and a range of other colour options. You would then just rewind the new ribbon onto the existing metal spools.
The carry case has some signs of wear, mainly at the front top edge and the original leather part of the handle is now missing. It still has the metal internal part of the handle so is functional.
This typewriter comes with a photocopy of an original Imperial manual with instructions on how to use it, change its ribbon and a whole list of its features.
The typewriter measures 29cm by 29cm by 12 cm high.
This is a wonderful classic 1940's Imperial typewriter with a RAF 2nd World War historical link and new rubber platen fitted.
Delivery anywhere within the UK is included in the price.