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Charming, vintage child's simplex typewriter + box

S/N:1321

1930s

  • £95.00
  • €111 Euro
  • $130 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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This is a lovely example of a wonderfully charming 1930s tin plate child's typewriter - the Simplex Model A - made in New York, USA.

Although I would consider it to be a toy, these were functioning things and could print 36 characters on 6 inch paper, cards or envelopes of any length. From what I understand you can use stamp pad inks and it seems that it is in functioning order - the main wheel rotates and it advances when a letter is 'struck', but I've not tested it and nearly a century after it was made, it's probably best to consider it a decorative, rather than functional object.

Aesthetically it remains in very good condition - the colours are vibrant and there's only very light surface corrosion and slight yellowing - enough to add to it's vintage charms without affecting the legibility / looks of the piece. The box is also in decent order with minor marking to the outside ... instructions can be found printed inside the lid.

It's becoming increasingly uncommon to find pieces like this in good order, with the original box etc - a little throwback to a simpler time before computer games etc.

The box measures 22.5cm wide x 15cm deep x 8.5cm high.

Dimensions: 

  • H: 8.5cm (3.35in)
  • W: 22.5cm (8.86in)
  • D: 15cm (5.91in)

Period: 

1930s

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I’m Louis Walpole. Over a decade of working for and alongside some of the best antique dealers in the country at London’s renowned Portobello Road have helped me to form a detailed understanding of, and appreciation for, a diverse array of antiques. In 2016, after ‘dabbling’ in the trade since childhood I decided to follow my heart and (ignoring a myriad of people advising against it) leave my salaried job to trade full time. Since then I have travelled around England and Western Europe collecting the pieces that particularly interest me. These pieces loosely follow the themes of; automotive, advertising, scientific and industrial. I have a select number of items on display in Atlam on Portobello Road. The shop is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 5pm.

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