Typewriter, 1937 Imperial The Good Companion 1

$637.00 USD

  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 1937 and has a metal body in a wonderful shiny black enamel colour with round light creme coloured keys with silver chrome surrounds. These are all in a nice general condition with some slight discolouration and wear to a few. It has in gold " Manufactured by the Imperial Typewriter Company Ltd Leicester England " on the back, the "Imperial " logo  at the front, the Imperial name on the carriage and the Warrant decal on the top plate. This model has the slightly larger " Pica " sized type face so types 10 letters to the inch and comes with its original metal spools with silver chrome finials.

This typewriter has been professionally cleaned, serviced, adjusted and tested. It is in full working order and fitted with a new top quality American made black ribbon so it's ready for you to start typing. 

There are a few minor marks to the body of the typewriter, but generally it is in a wonderful condition. The silver chrome work is also very nice with some very small signs of wear in places.

We can supply Universal typewriter ribbons when required from £6.95 each including postage. You would then rewind the new ribbon onto the existing metal spools. 

It comes with its original carry case which has a some age related marks, some discolouration and some wear, but is generally in a good functional condition for its age. The handle and closure are sound with just some wear to the chrome work on the handle fittings. 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 28cm by 28 cm by 11 cm high and the case is 34 cm by 34 cm and 12 cm high.

This is a fabulous No 1 Imperial typewriter in a classic black enamel colour.

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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