A stunning 3 Bank Folding Bijou Model 4 portable typewriter made in Dresden , Germany in 1915 . Bijou typewriters were made by Seidel & Naumann up until the 2nd world 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 3 characters on each typebar and has seperate shift positions so you can type lowercase letters , uppercase letters and the full range of figures .It has the traditional black with metal surround and glass topped keys with the numbers and punctuation keys in an off white .There is some discolouration to a few of the keys. It has the Bijou logo in gold on the front as well as the two S&N logos just above ( slightly faded ). The carriage folds forward and rests on two silver chrome supports that come out from the front corners for when not in use or to place into it's carry case.
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 $12.50 each including postage. Available in plain black, blue or purple. You would then just rewind the new ribbon onto the existing metal spools. Please note you can't use a two tone ribbon with this typewriter only plain colour ribbons. 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 and discolouration in places .It types well for its age and would be ideal for writing letters or poetry , but if you are after something for extensive typing projects then this may not be the best option .It comes with it's original all leather tan case which is in a fair condition. It does show signs of wear and age and has marks and discolouration on both the inside and the outside . The document folder on the inside lid also shows quite a bit of wear .The original handle has been lost and we have fashioned a replacement leather handle so the case is functional. We also include a copy of the instruction manual.
This is a highly collectable folding and working 1915 Bijou typewriter in a classic black colour and would make a wonderful and special gift that makes for a great display item and can be used for small typing projects.
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 for the delivery.