This is a wonderful and rare bright orangey red coloured 1930 Underwood Universal portable typewriter in good working order and a great condition for its age. Underwood was based in New York and made a wide variety of typewriters up until the early 1960's when Underwood was taken over by Olivetti. The standard 4 bank model began production in 1926 and ran to the mid 40's. This one was made when Underwood was joined with the Elliot Fisher Co.
It has 4 banks of classic glass topped keys and these are in an off white colour with chrome rim and black coloured letters and numbers . All the keys are in a good condition with just very minor discolouration and some fading to a few . The metal chrome work is also in a good condition with just some signs of wear in places .The two spool covers come off to access the ribbon spools . There is the Underwood name in gold above the carriage, on the front bar as well as the manufacturers details on the back of the typewriter .The typewriter types well and we have given it a clean ,service , re lubricated it and fitted a new ribbon so its all ready for you to start typing on ! There are some marks and chips to the paintwork in places , mainly to the front bar and to the back , as well as to the ribbon covers .
New ribbons can be obtained from us for $10 including postage or are available from various suppliers online .
The size of the typewriter is 28 cms wide by 26 cms deep and is 11 cms high and so is a nice portable size . It comes with a case which is somewhat worn . The wooden body and base is functional , but the covering is now marked and worn and the handle is now missing.
This is a fabulous and very rare and collectable 1930's working typewriter in a lovely condition and with a service and new ribbon is all ready to start typing on again . It also comes with a photocopy of an original instruction booklet for Underwood Universal Portables which will provide valuable help for changing the ribbon .