Sunday, November 4, 2012
... The most eye-catching part of the Diamant 28 is its slotted segment -- a high, substantial piece.
The designers of the machine seem to have been obsessed with stability and security. On each side of the machine there's a rotating metal piece (A) and together they immobilize the carriage. Furthermore, the more conventional carriage lock (B) stops the carriage, prevents shifting, and locks the keyboard. The typewriter is definitely designed to be used on its base; in order to remove it from the base you have to unscrew the 4 feet from the bottom, and unscrew a further tab (C) on each side.
DSF stands for Diamant-Schreibmaschinenfabrik. The company was based in Frankfurt.
The earlier Diamant (model 1) was a three-bank portable reminiscent of the Corona, but not folding. Here's an example (not mine, but seen on eBay a few years ago). Some of these were exported to England and named "Diamond."
According to Leonhard Dingwerth's history of German typewriter manufacturers, Diamant was bought out by Kappel in 1930. The factory then produced a few Diamant-style portables with the Kappel name, but these are also hard to find. The example below is from Herman Price's collection.
I'd be interested in hearing from anyone else who has a Diamant 28. My serial number is 16545.
Typed by Richard P at 12:17 PM