Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Jaykay typewriter

Followup: The typewriter's Indian origin has been confirmed! Read about it here.

Frans van de Rivière has pointed out to me that there was another Indian typewriter manufacturer: FAL (Facit Asia Limited).

The highest known Brosette serial number is 46160.

Georg Sommeregger on Brosettes
Will Davis on Brosettes
Robert Messenger on Brosettes
Adwoa Bagalini on her silver Brosette
David of on his Brosettes
A partial look at a Brosette user's manual, posted by Adwoa

PS (2018): Read Mike Brown's extensive research on the Brosette, including the Jaykay 


  1. Wow, what a super interesting find! Another proof that there is still lots of things to discover. Even though we still need to corroborate the "made in India" hypothesis, the existence of this first Jaykay is a sensation already - so far, the "sold to India" story sounded very exotic - now, we are maybe looking at it!

  2. Looks pretty unscathed from its travels and seems to type reasonably well. It will be interesting to see if you can flush out a few more JayKays - and maybe answer the question what do the J and K stand for.

  3. Funny, I was just wondering if you had a Godrej in your collection.
    Since I have not yet encountered a Brosette, let alone a Jaykay (curious name), I'm curious how the typing feel is.

    1. It's all right -- pretty smooth and easy for a small typewriter like this. Similar to a Cole-Steel/ABC.

  4. Very nice typewriter. I learned quite a bit by your post. I have a Signet that has the margin on the body also, one margin, no bell, no upper case and quite a bit of no, but it works nice. I guess during the depression companies did what they could to stay afloat.

  5. My grandpa gave me the same typewriter a couple years ago. Yes, I'm from India and he was used it in his office in Calcutta some 40 years ago.
    I currently use it to write, though the typing is not that good, perhaps because its such an old machine.

    Check it out, lol

    1. Thanks for commenting. It's good to see a Jaykay communicating with so many people in the 21st century. Keep it up.

  6. we have one of this typewriter with case and manual (serial number:85256) it looks like it must be made in india.
    if you need we can send the images reach us