Unique Early 1920s Erika Folding Typewriter – New Ribbon, Case – Made By Seidel and Naumann, in Germany
London Typewriters offer for sale an elegant early 1920s Erika folding typewriter. It was made by the famous German Siedel and Naumann who manufactured sewing machine, bicycle and typewriters, in Dresden. This particular, well-known model was manufactured in Germany as an ‘Erika’ typewriter, named after the founder’s only granddaughter. The Seidel and Naumann company was exporting this same model to England and France where it was known as the ‘Bijou’ and ‘Gloria’, respectively.
The Erika typewriter has preserved all its functions including the gold decals ‘SN’ and ‘Erika’, which is a testament to its build quality, taking into account it is a hundred years old. All the mechanisms work as expected and the keys type well, so making the typing process smooth, light and enjoyable. A new black ink ribbon is installed and the typewriter is ready for action, straight out of the case. The dapper brown case with the brass locks is compact and has a comfortable handle to carry the typewriter.
It is worth noting that this model is light in weight and small in size. Its design is well-thought through as the Erika folds easily, for more convenient transportation.
The overall condition is good. The typewriter types well. Please note that the typewriter underwent a sympathetic restoration. Some signs of age and use are present – please refer to photos.
The Erika would be an ideal gift for any occasion. It would also be an eye-catching art piece on any typist’s desk or a valuable addition to the typewriter’s enthusiast.