SOLD | Black Hermes Vintage Typewriter

Vintage typewriters are definitely one of my favorite wedding details – whether typing out a love note or using them as a fun guestbook alternative, they always add undeniable style and charm to photos. Today I’m sharing one of my favorites that I scooped up while brocanting my way through France while living in Germany. It’s a vintage Hermes and I think it would be a fantastic statement piece at an elegant black tie wedding:

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About the typewriter:
This gorgeous black glossy Hermes Media typewriter dates back to around the 1950s and was made in Switzerland. I purchased this typewriter in Paris at the Marché aux puces de la Porte de Montreuil while I was in town for CB’s Parisian Inspiration shoot.

The typewriter is in excellent vintage condition and has no chips or cracks. All keys are working and the return bell lets out a delightful ring. The typewriter measures approximately 10.5″ wide, 11.5″ deep and 5.5″ high.

The typewriter comes with its original hard carrying case. The only visible wear is found on one of the closing clasps of the carrying case which no longer works. However, you can still close the case and carry it (carefully) with the handle if you need to transport it. Also included in the case is the original cleaning brush tool (with the darling Hermes logo on it).

Note: Because this is a European typewriter, the keys are in a different layout than American typewriters. However, all keys are fully functioning. 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!).

Price: $235.00 + shipping SOLD!
If you have any questions or you’re interested in the typewriter and would like to request a shipping quote, just message me your zip code at sarah[at]classicbrideblog.com. Payment is accepted via PayPal and I will ship through the USPS.

DSC_0654DSC_0644DSC_0636DSC_0656DSC_0663DSC_0630DSC_0666DSC_0662DSC_0652Even though this pretty sold, I still have several other lovely typewriters for sale! Peruse my full selection of vintage typewriters for sale!

Photography and styling by Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride blog.

SOLD | Tiffany Blue Typewriter for Weddings
I have another super chic typewriter for sale today! As you know, I just love seeing them featured in weddings – they’re perfect for writing love notes (and adding a smooch like I did in this shoot!); serving as guestbooks; or creating a fun kids station.) Today, I’m sharing one of my favorites that I scooped up while antiquing in my favorite country in the world – Fraaaance. The heart-melting shade of Tiffany blue was calling to me as soon as my eyes found it at the French market!

About the typewriter:

This is a gorgeous Smith-Corona portable typewriter dating back to around the 1960s. The painted metal casing is a delightful shade of blue, as you can see! The typewriter comes with its original hard carrying cover/case (shown below) and has a cute handle that makes transporting a cinch. 

This deliciously retro typewriter is in excellent vintage condition and has no chips or cracks. The only visible wear is a few small scuff marks on the carrying case from use but overall, it is in superb condition. All keys are working but a few are sticking a bit – I think after a little bit of use they would work just fine.  The typewriter measures approximately 12″ x 11″ x 3″.

Note: Because this is a European typewriter, the keys are in a different layout than American typewriters. However, all keys are fully functioning. Also, the typewriter ribbon has dried out a little bit so it will probably need to be replaced with a fresh universal ribbon to produce crisp letters. The current ribbon is still working but the ink is slowly fading.
Price: $248.00 + shipping SOLD!
 

All photos by moi.

SOLD | Classic Black (Tie) Typewriter

I have another super chic typewriter for sale today! As you know, I just love seeing them featured in weddings (they’re perfect for writing love notes; serving as guestbooks; or creating a fun kids station.) Today I’m sharing one of my favorites that I scooped up while antiquing in Germany. The black and white glossy keys scream black tie to me but it would work equally well at almost any wedding as the classic color combo translates easily.

DSC_0951I found that little piece of paper with Eva’s info as I was taking the typewriter out of its case!

About the typewriter:
This is a gorgeous German Triumph Norm-6 Typewriter which features the beautiful blue Triumph shield on the upper-right corner. The shiny glass +chrome keys are in perfect condition. On the front of the typewriter just below the space bar it reads “Triumph Werke Nurnberg A.G. Nurnberg. It also has a small plaque above the number keys reading “Leo Goertz | Saarlautern | Telefon 2978.” I believe the plaque was put on by the shop which sold the typewriter. And the slip of paper shown in the photo above contains the info of the person I believe owned the typewriter – talk about history – this little machine has it! I was told by the vendor that the typewriter dates back to the mid-1930s. The serial number is 182188.

This deliciously retro typewriter is in excellent vintage condition and has no chips or cracks. The painted metal casing is a shiny black and is in pristine condition with the exception of a little rusting in the very front (seen in photos).  All keys are working but a few are sticking a bit – I think after a little bit of use they would probably work fine but 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. The return bell lets out the most delightful ring. The typewriter comes with its original hard carrying cover/case (which shows a little wear) and has a cute leather handle that makes transporting a cinch. The typewriter measures approximately 10.5″ wide x 12.5″ deep x 4.5″ high.

Note: Because this is a German typewriter, the keys are in a different layout than American typewriters (called QWERTZ rather than QWERTY). However, all keys are fully functioning. Also, the typewriter ribbon has dried out a little bit so it will probably need to be replaced with a fresh universal ribbon to produce crisp letters. The current ribbon is still working but the ink is slowly fading.

Price: $248.00 + shipping SOLD!
Peruse my full selection of vintage typewriters for sale here!

ps. Check out all of my typewriters for sale.

Photography and styling by Sarah Darcy.

How to Create Personal & Preppy Wedding Details

Editor’s Note: This post is being re-shared from the CB archives.

Once you have your wedding vendors lined up, you can start focusing on the smaller details for your wedding. This is where your style can really shine and this was the absolute favorite part of planning my own wedding. Here are a few of my favorite ideas for a spring or summer wedding:

chelsea5Vintage milk glass is such a clean and classic accent and tends to complement almost any floral decor. I love the idea of keeping it simple by adding creamy white peonies or hydrangeas.

chelsea2Typewriters have been a bit of a trend in the wedding world for several years now but they evoke such a fun and timeless vibe that I don’t see them going anywhere for a long, long time. I adore the idea of having your photographer snap a few shots of you writing a love note to your future husband on the morning of your big day. And, of course, the idea of letting guests type out a note on a long scroll of typewriter paper is incredibly charming, too – it would be so pretty framed in your newlywed nest! Check out the selection of vintage typewriters I have available.

chelsea3I love a good legacy and this mod 1960s dress is just that – it’s the dress my Mom wore on her wedding day! I always admired my Mom’s wedding day style – she and my Dad were two incredibly cool California kids living on the beach who decided to elope in Vegas. She found her dress at a beachside boutique in SoCal and that was that – no fuss! While her dress didn’t fit with the type of wedding I ended up planning, I wanted to pay homage to it in some way so while my husband and I were living in Europe, we teamed up with a photographer in Paris and did a crazy fun inspiration shoot (that was later featured in Matchbook – pinch me!). And now my Mom’s amazing dress is for sale so if you’re curious, you can check out the details on her fabulously mod frock here.

chelsea6While I was living in Europe, I basically lived and breathed for the brocanting that my friends and I did religiously. I collected quite a few gorgeous antique demijohns from French flea markets from our travels to Provence, Brittany, the Loire Valley and the Champagne region. And several of those gems (with their dreamy waves and bubbles in the antique glass that you simply can’t find in reproductions) are available for purchase – just e-mail me at sarah(at)classicbrideblog.com. They make a stunning statement when used as vases or candle holders for a wedding. I especially love the idea of using them at a winery wedding to reflect their original use as wine jugs.

chelsea1Vintage cameras are an art piece all on their own. I love the idea of using them as photo props for engagements and weddings. And the idea of restoring one would be even more amazing.

chelsea4I developed a huge crush on bottle drying racks during my French travels. They used to be used to dry out champagne bottles (and sometimes still are!) but as you’ve probably noticed, people are currently using them to hang coffee cups and all sorts of other things. While you can find reproductions at big box stores, they’ll never match the gorgeous patina of the antique zinc on the originals. My favorite idea for these beauties is to make a flowering tower as a floral focal point for a wedding (as shown above). Check out the one and only French 5-tier bottle drying rack I have available for sale – e-mail me at sarah(at)classicbrideblog.com for info.

I hope these ideas have helped to spark some creative thinking for your wedding! And chime in on the comments if you’re using antiques in a creative way for your wedding.

Images: 1-2 & 4-6 by moi; 3: Juliane Berry.

Something Blue

Today, I thought I’d share a few pieces that could be your perfect something blue (and/or something old):

This old-school Tiffany blue-colored fan takes me right back to summer days of visiting my great-grandmother in the upcountry of South Carolina when I was just a wee thing. I think its charm would be well placed at an outdoor summer wedding, don’t you? A graceful way to cool off guests! To purchase this retro-licious fan, just e-mail me at sarah(at)classicbrideblog.com

Whether you want to type your love a sappy wedding day letter or provide guests with a fun + quirky way to leave notes in lieu of a guestbook, this chic Tiffany blue-colored typewriter will do it all in style!

Antique mason jars will always make darling vases. I especially love seeing them holding creamy white flowers at a coastal wedding. They can look positively dreamy lining a wooden altar in front of the sea. To purchase these jars, just e-mail me at sarah(at)classicbrideblog.com.

Photography and styling by Sarah Darcy.

Editor’s Note: This post is sponsored. I was sent a Mia Clarisonic Skin Cleanser and a Epson Stylus NX420 in exchange for writing this post. All editorial and opinions are my own.
Fun, pink, fashion, crafty, creative … here’s a few of my favorites for gifting this Valentine’s. What are you giving your loved ones this year? Do tell.My favorites:
Mia Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleanser – love this + couldn’t live without it!
– Heart sunnies. Is there anything that screams Valentine’s more?! Gift with some attached heart balloons. :o)
– Vintage typewriter – Gift with a typed love note still in the roller. ;o)
Lomo Limited Edition Diana F+ Mr Pink Camera – the color alone melts my heart. Gift it to your honey and then snap some love-y self portraits.
Epson Stylus NX420 – must-have tool for any craftsy bride or groom-to-be!
Felix Rey bunny coin purse – so cute to attach to a ‘serious’ bag for holidays like Vday!