Before there were "typewriters" there were writing machines like this, the Malling-Hansen Writing Ball (Skrivekugle). Actually, it is a typewriter but when it was first produced the term typewriter hadn't yet come into vogue. The Malling-Hansen is an exquisite piece of brassware that was produced commercially, but, unlike the Sholes & Glidden, it was not successful. It was made in Denmark and patented in 1865. If you have one for sale, drop me a line.
Have one for sale? Please email me at Antikey.Chop@gmail.com