I have another gorgeous typewriter to share today – I found this beauty several years ago at an antique market in Germany during my years living in Europe. Vintage typewriters are a favorite wedding detail of mine – whether used to type a love note or as a fun guestbook. The beauty I’m sharing today is a vintage Adler and I think it would be a fantastic statement piece at a wedding or in a home:
About the typewriter:
From my research, I believe this Adler typewriter dates back to around the late 1930s and was made in Germany. I purchased this typewriter at an antique market in Germany near the French border. What I find most interesting is that this typewriter uses the thrust-action typebar mechanism which is very unusual and rare.
The typewriter is in excellent vintage condition and has no chips or cracks. The metal body is in great condition with very minimal wear and tear – there are a few surface marks and a bit of rusting on some of the metal portions of the typewriter and on the metal portions of the carrying case but I find that only adds to the overall charm! All keys are working except the left shift key. Luckily, the right shift key still works so you can still easily type uppercase letters and symbols. And the return bell still lets out a delightful ring. However, if you’ll be looking to use this machine to type on a daily basis, you might want to have it conditioned by a repairman to ensure it’s up to the task.
The typewriter measures approximately 12″ wide x 14″ deep x 4.5″ high.
The typewriter comes with its original hard carrying case (shown in a photo below) which shows quite a bit of wear and tear with rusting, marks and small rips. One side of the handle is broken but could be fixed if so desired.
Note: All of the keys still work wonderfully except for the left shift key which does not work. A general repairman would probably be able to fix this quite easily. Because this is a European typewriter, the keys are in a different layout than American typewriters. Also, the typewriter ribbon appears to have dried out a bit so it will probably need to be replaced with a fresh universal ribbon to produce crisp letters (super easy to find on Amazon!). The current ribbon is still working but the ink is slowly fading.
Price: $290.00 + shipping (free shipping to domestic U.S.)
If you have any questions or you’re interested in the typewriter, message me at sarah[at]classicbrideblog.com. Payment is accepted via PayPal and I ship with USPS.
Below you can see the carrying case that comes with the typewriter. The handle is broken on one side but could be repaired if so desired. There are a few scuffs and marks on the case as you can see:Peruse my full selection of vintage typewriters for sale!
Photography and styling by Sarah Darcy.