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 has the original cork platen, silver chrome finials on each metal spool and types with the slightly larger "pica" sized type face giving you 10 letters to the inch.
There are only a few very minor marks to the metal body and some slight discolouration and signs of wear to a few of the chrome silver keys and one of the margin stops at the back, 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 black and red ribbon so its all ready for you to start typing on.
We can supply Universal typewriter ribbons from $13.90 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.
It comes with its case and is therefore screwed to the base board. You can remove the typewriter from the base if you wish by undoing the screws. The case has some marks and signs of wear in places to both the inside and outside, but is in a good functional condition. The handle and clasp to close work well despite having some signs of wear.
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 early 1940's Imperial typewriter.
Delivery from our UK workrooms directly to you anywhere within Australia is included in the price.You just need to allow 5-7 working days.