Antique Typewriters

The Martin Howard Collection




Williams 1, no.1680 - sold

Williams 1, no.1680 - sold


Domestic Sewing Machine Company for the Williams typewriter Co., New York
1891 - serial no.1680

The curved keyboard models (shown above) 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 frames beautifully decorated with floral motifs, which can be seen below in the detail images.

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 and black enamel finish are excellent. There is nickel loss on various parts. All around this is a very fine example of this great rarity.

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Detailed Typewriter Image


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