Serial Number Table Last Edited: 07/28/16 01:51
NOTE: dates shown are JAN 1 unless noted, so the serial number shown is the *first* serial number produced the given year. Exceptions are serial numbers preceded by "up to"(where you can assume that the numbers reported in that subsection are DECEMBER 31, END OF YEAR NUMBERS) or rows where a month is given in the month column. If the serial number is shown as a range (xxxx-xxxx) it indicates that we know the entire range of serial numbers for the given year.
|Models and s/n||Y||Remarks||Ref.|
US442697 Filed Jul 3, 1889 • Issued Dec 16, 1890
US501753 Granted Jul 18, 1893
US523028 Filed Nov 20, 1890 • Issued Jul 17, 1894
US588522 Filed Jan 11, 1896 • Issued Aug 17, 1897
|Inventor John Newton Williams of Maine initial patents granted 1875
(? can find no patent before 1889 for John N. Williams on this design),
development completed in factory of Brady Manufacturing Co, Brooklyn, NY.
Additional patents granted 1890, and Williams #1 introduced 1891. Marketed first by The Domestic Sewing Machine Co. and later by Williams Typewriter Co., Derby, Conneticut.
Some aspects of the Williams are similar in design to the Fitch, which was also manufactured in the Brady factory.
The Williams was offered in Elite, Pica and Medium Roman Type and the type is inked by an ink pad. Serial number is stamped into front nameplate.
Model No. 1 introduced: Curved keyboard, 3 row, 28 keys, 84 characters, paper feed roll behind the platen. These early models incorporate gold scrollwork on frame.
These are referred to by collectors as the "1c".
"Curved" No. 1 Serial Numbers known - Earliest: 1, Latest: 2087
Straight keyboard version of No. 1 replaces curved version on January 1895 beginning with Serial #2200: 3 row, paper feed roll behind the platen. 7.75" platen, 28 keys.
Referred to by collectors as the "1s".
"Straight" No. 1 Serial Numbers known - Earliest: 2469, Latest: 5565
Model No. 3 with wide carriage (paper up to 14" with 12" writing line) begins January 1896 - before the No. 2,
with new serial number series.
Chrome nameplate in front of machine changed to not wrap over top, and frame and mechanical changes are made to typebar guide. No. 2 is often not marked with model number.
No. 2 Serial Numbers known - Earliest: 5283, Latest: 12218 (with outlier: 18148)
Model No. 4 introduced December 1900 with serial #14000: 4 key rows, 42 keys, 84 characters, paper feed roll in front of the platen. 8" writing line on 10 1/4" wide paper.
No. 4 Serial Numbers known - Earliest: 17114, Latest: 25995
The No. 4 is also known to have been modified into the 'Williams Telegraph Typewriter' 3-row model with
only capital letters, numerals, punctuation marks and "necessary signs for commercial work".
Single horizontal fan of typebars instead of dual horizontal fans. 21 keys, 41 characters.
Model No. 6 introduced March 1904:
4 key rows, 42 keys, 84 characters, paper feed roll in front of the platen.
8" writing line on 10 1/4" wide paper.
Note: "Academy" examples appear to have serial numbers indicating a date much earlier than 1904, and sold as entry-level models.
(theory: these actually started in 1900 concurrent with the No. 4 - with enough serial numbers lined up in sequence a very odd pattern emerges...)
Model No. 5 introduced, 4 key rows, 48 keys, paper feed roll in front of the platen. Incorporating an astonishing SIX more keys than the #4 and #6 models, the #5 was most likely an export model and may have been used for applications needing extra characters and "dead" keys.
*or* it may not exist at all. there seems to be no evidence other than Tertiary Sources for the existence of this model.
No. 5 Serial Numbers known - Earliest: ????, Latest: ???? (no examples known)
|42401-43400||1909||May 1909: production of all Williams machines ended as Company entered receivership and was taken over by W.S. Downs, a Derby banker, reorganized as Secor Typewriter Co. after a few years of litigation, patent and charter issues.||4,27,65,77|
|Secor Junior||1912||Re-introduced No. 2 sold by Secor Typewriter Co., for $50 with normal carriage or $70 with wide carriage (14" wide platen writing 12" line).||16,61|
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