1900 - 1907
George Salter & Co.
West Bromwich, England, UK
This Salter Standard typewriter No.6 model is actually only the second model produced by George Salter & Co., a British penny scale manufacturer. The company's first typewriter, the No.5 model, had a curved keyboard which makes it very easily identifiable even if all the decals are gone. That is not to say that the original design patented by John Henry Birch and Samuel Foley wasn't altered several times during the 5's and 6's production run.
The typebars on these extraordinary machines stand erect in a semi-circular front downstrike fashion similar to that of early Bar-Lock machines. Unlike the Bar-Lock machines that have a 7-row shiftless full double keyboard, the typebars of the Salter are controlled by a three-row double-shift keyboard. The No.6 model is generally divided into two categories: ink pad models and ribbon models. Ink pad models were produced first. The latter ribbon variant is pictured here.
One thing that is very quickly noticed about this typewriter is its distinctive architectural aesthetic and an almost perfect geometrically inspired 10-1/2" cubed footprint. The machine, to me, resembles the Greco-Roman Garni Temple in Armenia. Further adding to the typewriter's charm are the stunning gold decals and the gold & green pinstripes that run along the frame's edges. It's just a beautiful typewriter!
Just like the No.5 model is easily distinguishable by its curved keyboard, the No.6 has a pair of equally distinguishable pillars on both
sides of the typebars that were eliminated on the No.7 & No.10 (see photo to the left). The Salter is know to have been rebranded as the Salter-Perfect, Roya-Express, Birch and Rapide. Email me at Antikey.Chop@gmail.com