Made in 1958
Complete with Original Instruction Book, Publicity Leaflet and Bill of Sale
With Carry Case and Unused Cleaning Brushes
The typestyle is Hermes Elite (13 characters per inch) and the carriage width is 9.25 inches
Case colour is Seafoam Green, with a Light Green Keyboard
I have dismantled, cleaned, lubricated and adjusted the machine for best performance.
A new Black/Red Ribbon has been fitted.
Hermes has a special place amongst typewriter manufacturers. Made in Switzerland, beautifully engineered and naturally very expensive when new, these machines are widely regarded as the 'Rolls-Royce' of typewriters. The original 1958 bill of sale shows the retail price as being £35 10s - pretty well a month's wages for the average worker then. Connoisseurs regard the Hermes 3000 as the ultimate heavy-duty portable. The predecessor model, the 2000 (in production from 1945 to 1960) runs it a very close second. Originally sold to professional writers and small businesses, this machine has all the features that you would normally expect to find on a full-size office typewriter. The 44-character keyboard has a pleasant touch - fully adjustable via a radio-style control knob at the back of the machine. Margins are set by positioning the carriage and touching the margin set lever. The margin sets automatically. A freehead ensures that pre-printed forms can be lined up precisely. A full tabulator allows column work and inset paragraphs to be tackled with ease. Every little detail has been thought of.
Obviously cared for by a previous owner, this typewriter comes with the original bill of sale, instruction book and even the period sales leaflet. Inside the substantial dark green leatherette carry case are the manufacturers' cleaning brushes in unused condition.