Working And Serviced 1929 Underwood Typewriter – New Ribbon – Cork Platen – Made in USA


The Underwood typewriter was one of the most successful and ‘the first truly modern typewriter’ at the beginning of the last century.

The original Underwood typewriter was designed by the German-American inventor Franz Xaver Wagner at the end of the XIX century. However, the American entrepreneur John Thomas Underwood bought the production and the typewriter was re-branded and became the well known ‘Underwood’.

This was a remarkably popular and world-recognised typewriter, competing against the other typewriter manufacturer giants such as Remington. Consequently, the production of the typewriters reached its pinnacle in the 1920’s, manufacturing one typewriter every minute.

The Underwood typewriter (1929) offered for sale is a desk version but very compact. It has maintained all its functions and works very well. The backspace key, carriage return lever, bell, shift keys, carriage lock, margin setters, ribbon colour switch, carriage release lever, paper guide and the paper release lever, all work as intended. The glass keys are supported by metal rims and are comfortable and smooth when typing. The Underwood is black and cast iron textured with its overall condition being good; however, there are minor cosmetic signs of use and age present. All of the letter keys work without sticking.

The famous British writer Arthur Conan Doyle created his fictional crime stories about Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson by using the Underwood typewriter. So, this typewriter could inspire a younger generation of typists to be creative. Also, it could be a memorable and unique gift. Due to the style and aesthetics of the Underwood, it can be used for display purposes in home decor and events such as exhibitions. It appeals to all generations.

We have fitted a new black ribbon so you can start typing as soon as you receive it.

The Underwood vintage typewriter is located in London (U.K.).

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