Crandall New Model Typewriter

The New Model was the 2nd commercially produced typewriter from inventor Lucien Stephen Crandall (1844 - 1899). His company, the Crandall Machine Company of Syracuse, New York, would manufacture it. The New Model first appeared in 1886 as the successor to the No.1 of 1884, though, to be honest, the two were ultimately very similar in form and function. Current estimates suggest that about 18,000 examples were produced between them. A variant of the New Model, the No.4 Crandall, was marketed in 1898 as the "Remodelled New Model." It was mechanically similar but less ornate and possibly made of leftover stock.

Crandall New Model Typewriter
Crandall New Model Typewriter


New Model

​1886 - 1888

Crandall Machine Company

Syracuse, New York, U.S.

Because the Crandall New Model has so frequently been cited as the most beautiful typewriter ever produced, there have been plenty of individuals who've already pored over it throughout the years. So, as I type this, in August of 2018, there really is an infinitesimal amount of history, if any, that I may bring to light. So I will quickly cover the main points and write a little about the previous owner of the exquisite example on this page.

Lucien Stephen Crandall

Lucien Stephen Crandall

The most frequently discussed mechanical attributes of the New Model are its vertical typesleeve and curved, two-row keyboard. Crandalls were the first typewriters ever to employ a typesleeve in lieu of typebars. However, it is the breathtaking ornamentation of the New Model which yields no equal. Note the mother-of-pearl inlay, hand-painted floral arrangements and swirling gold embellishments contoured by pinstripe highways. The New Model's beauty transcends the world of typewriter collecting, mesmerizing all.

Displayed here is s.n.6,549 which, I think, is one of the best New Models around. It once belonged to Professor Siegfried Snyder of Syracuse, New York, a fellow collector. Having graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and later taught design at the Syracuse University of Architecture, Professor Snyder had a spectacular eye for well-crafted objects. That's him in the the black & white photo beside a very rare "Baby" Sholes & Glidden, a model once belonging to the Onondaga Historical Association where he volunteered. Siegfried's tireless effort to catalog the Association's nearly 900 typewriters has benefited countless collectors worldwide.

Why I was as fortunate as to be offered Siegfried's Crandall was truly serendipitous since I never had the opportunity to meet him. It's a story that I will gladly share with friends while breaking bread for quite some time. But, to make a long story short, I once knew another collector, David Kintzler, who happened to be lifelong friends with Siegfried (see my unused Williams No.4 from the Kintzler collection here). Lastly, I would like to extend a special thanks M.T. and, in particular, B.S. for all their help (you know who you are).

Siegfried Snyder & Baby Sholes Typwriter

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