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SORRY, SOLD! 1954 Halda Typewriter—Perfect Condition—Rare Case
  • SORRY, SOLD! 1954 Halda Typewriter—Perfect Condition—Rare Case


    There may be no finer example of this famed Halda typewriter in existence. One of the most sought-after typewriters for many collectors, the Model P is justly held high in the pantheon of great mid-century typing machines. It represents an unusually fine combination of elegant design, rich colour, unusual rarity, exceptional utility and excellence in manufacture. This particular typewriter is a truly exceptional example of the Model P, in near mint condition, with a new platen. The rare, metal carrying case, with Halda-branded leather handle and original key adds to the extraordinary nature of this offering. Add to that the original Halda dustcover and User Manual and you have an exceptional typewriter indeed!

    This Halda comes from an aristocratic Spanish family that relocated to the Netherlands during the difficult early years of the Franco regime in Spain. Some of our clients have known that this Halda has been in the Acme Collection for some time, but until now, we have been reluctant to pass it on to other hands. But that time has come.

    This Halda is, of course, in excellent, original working condition. It has been serviced, adjusted and properly cleaned and lubricated. The cosmetic condition is absolutely extraordinary. A Halda typewriter is known to have been owned and used by Ernest Hemingway and one example is in the Victoria Museum in Australia among other museum collections. These Halda typewriters are justly renowned for the wonderful feel of their typing action and for the beauty and simplicity of the design--not to mention the rich green textured finish. 

    Whether you want this Halda as an investment or as a daily-use typing machine, It has everything: in top working order, and in professionally restored and superb original cosmetic condition. It is a pleasure to type with: smooth, soft, sure and solid. 

    Acme has, we believe, restored and repaired more Haldas, in the modern era, than any other restorer and has advised Halda owners/restorers around the world. These are difficult machines to work on so please beware if you are searching for a Halda and discover one that you think is a "real find!". Some adjustments that are simple on most typewriters can be very difficult to achieve on a Halda--and therefore quite expensive when you take it to your local repair-person. And note that if the original ribbon spools are not with the typewriter it will not work correctly. 

    The typeface is a handsome Pica  (10 characters to the inch) and this typewriter has been outfitted with a new bi-colour ribbon. It comes with its two original metal spools. The QWERTY keyboard is the original keyboard configuration; it has not been modified in any way. It has extra keys for Spanish and other European languages.

    The platen roller has been replaced with new rubber by the oldest rubber factory in the Netherlands The paper feeder rollers are in excellent condition. The rubber footing around the baseplate of the typewriter (often hard and dried) has been replaced with new rubber. The chrome is in superb condition except for some light wear on the paper bail. This is minimal and can be seen on the photos. 

    The original metal case is in extraordinarily fine condition showing only minimal signs of wear. The hasp and handle are, as seen in the photographs, in fine original condition. It comes with the original key. 

    The dust-cover is original Halda equipment and is in perfect condition without wear or tears. The User Manual is original but is, for reasons unknown to me, in German.

    For some observations on Halda typewriters, please see:

    This typewriter is not inexpensive. The price reflects the rarity of the original QWERTY keyboard, the outstanding condition and the rarity of examples of this model typewriter that ever become available on the market. This typewriter has it all for a collector and for a user. And, as an investment, I don't expect this typewriter to ever decrease in value. This Halda comes with the Acme lead certification seal which permanently identifies it as a genuine Acme-restored typewriter. In terms of an investment, the Acme Seal proves that this machine was restored in 2023 by the Acme Type Machine Company. This can add value in the event that you wish to sell this typewriter in the future.

    [Note regarding colour: The beautiful green colour is difficult to properly photograph and changes with the light condition. Despite my best efforts as a photographer it is difficult to capture the beauty of the true colour. Set designers, interior designers and others for whom colour is critical, can contact me for more photos and to discuss.]

    This extraordinary and fine example of a Halda typewriter will be packed and shipped with the greatest care to preserve its condition and beauty. We have a lot of experience in shipping typewriters and have an excellent track record for proper packing and safe delivery.

    See my buyer reviews on Etsy and you will have confidence in your purchase.

    Don't hesitate to contact me for more photos or any other explanation of anything.

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