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1920s Underwood 3-Bank Portable Typewriter with Original Case.
This "3 Bank" is a very early specimen of Underwood's Standard Portable Typewriter from the 1920s. What's unique about these models is that they only have three banks of keys (instead of the traditional four). Thus, absent is the row of numbers at the top; and instead the numbers and special characters are located on the letter keys and are accessed by holding down a special double "SHIFT-LOCK" key.
The Underwood 3-Bank Portable enjoyed only limited production from 1919-1929. This particular model was manufactured in 1927 according to its serial number 198146 stamped on the underside (see photo). According to 'typewriterdatabase.com' only 212,500 of these were ever produced, by far making it Underwood's least-prolific model of all-time throughout the company's history. Plagued with unpopularity and combined with a limited-edition production run, only a fraction of these models exist today.
Dimensions: The case size is 12¼" x 9¾" x 5". Weighs approximately 10 lbs (including case).
CONDITION (Case) - Case hardware is fully intact (hinges and latch work great, but no key). Case shows moderate signs of wear & tear with bruised corners/edges etc. Leather carrying strap has come loose from one of the sides.
CONDITION (Typewriter) - Due to it's age this typewriter requires servicing/restoration. Since typewriters are somewhat complex, and I'm no expert, it's being sold "as is" for aesthetics rather than usability. All the keytop keys (typebars/type hammers) move freely. Shift keys and shift-locks are great; ribbon advances when keys are typed. Known issues include:
• Spacebar is sticky (missing a spring) and doesn't advance the carriage.
• Keys when typed don't advance the carriage.
• Right platen knob does not turn the platen (but carriage return arm does turn it).
• Typewriter is not connected to the base (box) anymore. All four typewriter feet are not connected to the typewriter. Two are missing; two are located inside the holding brackets on the base (box).
If interested, be sure to check out these external sources that reference the Underwood 3 Bank Standard Portable Typewriter: