This impressively huge Mercedes Model 4 desktop typewriter dates from 1926. This model was the most expensive of its type on the market, so it didn't sell in big numbers and is now a rare sight. It had recently emerged from a local private collection where it had been stored for decades in a clean condition. The outline of the main Mercedes decal is still just barely visible on the plate behind the carriage but I am unsure as to whether it has worn away over the years or has at some time been sprayed over. The carriage does not move with the keys but everything else seems to be present and correct.
The large dimmable 4W L:ED Edison bulb screws into a gold knurled E27 pendant fitting. This was bought pre-wired into 3.5m of gold fabric braided cord complete with black 3-pin plug and black dimmer switch so has no need to be PAT tested again. (The cord length from the rear of the lamp is about 2.8m.) The cable assembly is secured to the scissor arms with custom made resin printed cable clamps.
I am not a typewriter specialist, and although no modifications are made to the typewriter during its conversion to this lamp, I can not comment on the usability of it as I did not test it.
I am a simple man - I see pretty thing, I light it! Actually, it is a bit more than that - I have made it my mission to take things that are normally hidden away in storage cases in attics or under beds and put them on everyday display to provoke memories and start conversations....
If you have any queries at all about the lamp or would maybe like to see it with a different style of bulb fitted, please feel free to drop me a message.
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