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The Typewriter Database 1896 Waverley typewriter Serial # 3H From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Martin Howard: 1896 Waverley typewriter Serial # 3H The handsome and beautifully engineered Waverley typewriter was made in London and despite the great efforts of its inventors Higgins and Jenkins, it was manufactured for only a short period of time somewhere during the years 1895 to 1897.

The distinguishing aspect of its design is the position of the type bars, which stand vertically behind the platen and swing down towards the typist to strike the top of the platen when typing. This was all about giving visible tying, where one could see what one had just typed. However, with the escape for the paper blocked by the type bars, the carriage design became quite complicated. To get a sheet of paper ready for typing, the bottom edge is pushed back a few inches on the three prongs that are seen under the three hoops of the paper bail in front of the carriage. As one types the paper goes up and around the platen and curls up into a cylinder in the paper bail. The paper is then pulled out sideways.

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Martin Howard:
1896 Waverley typewriter

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1896 Waverley typewriter
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3H

Status: My Collection
Created: 06-17-2017 at 09:55AM
Last Edit: 06-17-2017 at 09:55AM

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The handsome and beautifully engineered Waverley typewriter was made in London and despite the great efforts of its inventors Higgins and Jenkins, it was manufactured for only a short period of time somewhere during the years 1895 to 1897.

The distinguishing aspect of its design is the position of the type bars, which stand vertically behind the platen and swing down towards the typist to strike the top of the platen when typing. This was all about giving visible tying, where one could see what one had just typed. However, with the escape for the paper blocked by the type bars, the carriage design became quite complicated. To get a sheet of paper ready for typing, the bottom edge is pushed back a few inches on the three prongs that are seen under the three hoops of the paper bail in front of the carriage. As one types the paper goes up and around the platen and curls up into a cylinder in the paper bail. The paper is then pulled out sideways.


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Martin Howard
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I am a collector of 19th century typewriters and have built a collection that shows the remarkable ingenuity and beauty of the world’s first typewriters. I have always been interested in the beginnings of a machine when there is an eruption of approaches to making it. Early typewriters are an exceptional example of this incubation period.

My website is antiquetypewriters.com