Most sources place production of the Merritt to 1890, but a search of digital archives reveals it was introduced in 1889. The Merritt was offered as an economical alternative to the standard, full-sized machines of the period, and the prevalence of extant machines suggests it was a commercial success. Serial numbers reach well into the thousands.
The Merritt was a particularly unique index typewriter. Typewriter reports that the Merritt was designed and engineered by brothers Mortimer and Charles Merritt, and that this linear index machine was produced by the Merritt Manufacturing Company of Springfield. The business end of this machine was a sliding rack which held a complete font of printers type. As the handle was moved back and forth, each type came to the printing point.The handle was then depressed, and the type was pushed up through a guide hole to the paper which rode on the platen above. As with other blind machines, you had to raise the carriage to see your work. A set of two rollers inked the typefaces as they moved back and forth in the course of the work. The item "Merritt Typewriter, Antique 1889 To 1895 Vintage Serial Number #1234-2332" is in sale since Tuesday, July 2, 2019. This item is in the category "Business & Industrial\Office\Office Equipment\Typewriters & Word Processors".
The seller is "demor_gar" and is located in Long Beach, California. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Iceland, Jordan, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Uruguay.