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Cyrillic (Russian) Keyboard! 1955 Erika Model 11 Typewriter
  • Cyrillic (Russian) Keyboard! 1955 Erika Model 11 Typewriter


    Here is a brilliant example of the Erika Model 11 typewriter, this one, from 1955, has Cyrillic (Russian) characters. It is in "as-new" condition, including the case, and comes with the original cleaning brushes. The colour is "military gray" which I have only seen on typewiters associated with the Dutch military.

    This, little-used, Russian-charactered typewriter was purchased from a Dutch military family who would not give their name nor any indications of the use of the typewriter, and why they would have it. One can only imagine that it has some relevance to the "cold war". This is supported by its "military" colouring. I have only had one other "military gray" Erika and that one was purchased 6 years ago from a Dutch army officer. It, too, was in nearly perfect condition.

    The Model 11 is highly regarded by collectors and typists for its beauty, portability and its usability. The Model 11 is the distillation of the best parts of the famous and more common Erika Models 10 and 12 into a very portable typing machine. It combines all the fine mechanics of these other models and maintains the beautiful soft, solid, fast feel of them. This is a real writer's typewriter with portability. The design is rather "utilitarian" but somehow the beautiful proportions and overall design raises is to a higher aesthetic level.

    This typewriter is in perfect working condition and is nearly flawless cosmetically. The rubber on the platen is excellent condition, clean, smooth and soft, with a ~92 hardness measurement (ideal being 85-95). All the other rubber is clean and soft. The chrome is unblemished. It comes with its original case in superb condition inside and out and original brushes.

    For some discussion on this very well-respected model of the Erika typewriter, see:

    It has a Cyrillic keyboard with foreign accents and the typing action is superb: light and fast but with solid and quick carriage movement (for fast typewriting). The typeface is Pica, with 10 characters per inch.

    Acme typewriters have been the choice of discerning collectors and writers more than 1,000 times since we began selling online in 2016. We safely ship your typewriter from our store in the Netherlands and delivery time to the US averages only 3 days—this is a quicker delivery time even than most shipments from-and-to a US address! In the last 7 years, our typewriters arrived damage-free 99.4% of the time. So please don’t be concerned about buying from us just because we seem far away. Acme typewriters are covered by a 1-year warranty, and come with lifetime customer-care. 

    With an ACME Typewriter, you know you are getting a fully-working--as original--typewriter. The only thing that you have to do is sit down, put paper on the roller and start typing. Your typewriter comes with the "Acme" lead certification seal which permanently identifies it as a genuine Acme-restored typewriter and provides for a one-year warranty at no charge. 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. 

    This extraordinary and fine example of an Erika Model 11 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 and 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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