Antique Typewriters

The Martin Howard Collection

Williams 1, no.1410 - sold

Williams 1, no.1410 - sold

Domestic Sewing Machine Company, New York
1891 - serial no.1410

The curved keyboard Williams typewriters were only made during the first year of production, after which they had straight keyboards. These early curved keyboard models also boast glass key tops and beautifully decorated frames which can be seen below in the detail images.This particularly early example has the fine gold floral swirls embellishing the frame, while later model 1s have a gold leaf motif.

The unique and wonderful design of the Williams typewriter has the type bars arranged in two symmetrical fans, one on either side of the carriage. With an articulated action they hop up and over to the top of the platen giving visible typing. However, only a few lines were seen at a time before the paper advanced into the rear holding cylinder.

The type bars, resting on ink pads, are inked when they came back to their starting position. With no ribbon to get between the type bars and the paper, the printing was very sharp and clear.

This example is in very good mechanical condition. The floral decorations are very good and the black enamel finish is excellent. The nickel finish is very good to excellent. All around this is a very fine example of this great rarity.

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Detailed Typewriter Image

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