To Type, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth...

A man of the cloth and the steel he wields

The Typewriter Database: Hermes serial number age list updated!

The Hermes page has been completely overhauled and updated:

Patria/Swissa page updated with some numbers for Swissa:

The Hermes, Swissa, Adler and Royal pages have all been updated to include the factory original platen diameters for various models. This should be helpful if you need to get your platen re-covered. (:

Updated: January 11, 2013 — 12:07 am


Add a Comment
  1. Thanks, Thanks, and more Thanks for all of the work you are doing to keep us all informed. You are providing a very valuable service to the Typosphere.

  2. maschinengeschrieben

    Outstanding work, Ted! Thank you!

  3. You are a serial number beast!

    The only problem I have is that I dislike my Hermes 3000 so much that I don’t care when it was made. :-) I think I’m in the minority with my H3000 hatred so I’m sure this reference will be well received and useful!

  4. Typosphere Certificate of Merit due. Nice work, you have been busy.

  5. i have a hermes 3000 wide carriage.
    where would I find the serial number.
    leble on the back says:
    Made in France for Paillard S.A. Yverdon Switzerland
    Distributed in USA by Paillard Inc.
    1900 Lower Road, Linden, New Jersey

    thanks. Ed

    1. Hermes 3000 serial number is located by taking off the ribbon cover. It’s on the left side just in front of the left ribbon spool, stamped on a metal tab that’s bent to lean upwards for easier viewing.

  6. Peter Charlesworth

    I would be most grateful if you could give me some guidance on how to locate the serial number on a Hermes 2000 portable typewriter.
    An online copy of the manual for the typewriter suggests that it is “engraved at the rear to the right”, but I am unable to locate it there (or anywhere else that is obvious!). However, the picture of the typewriter in that manual is subtly different from mine, in that the “Hermes 2000” logo is on what appears to be a small oblong plaque, situated on the upper left front of the machine, as you look at it. On my machine, the logo is stenciled centrally on the front, with the number 2000 below and slightly overlapping the bottom of the letter ES of HERMES.

    1. It’s been a year or so since I’ve had one, but I seem to remember it’s in a similar place as the Royal portables: move the carriage all the way to either side and check the back top behind the carriage rails. I think it’s engraved on the frame and visible through a cut-out window.

      1. Peter Charlesworth

        That did it! Thanks very much for your help.

  7. We have found a beautiful Hermes 3000 portable typewriter the serial # 3161193 I looked on the serial # data base but I didn’t find it I’m just trying to figure out the age . If you can help that would be great . Thanks Cindy

  8. I purchased a Hermes 3000 on Craigslist for a song. The number I found inside is 3138680. Could you help me date this please,

  9. I just bought a Hermes 3000. The carriage spring is disconnected so the space bar and the letters do not advance. I think we have to tension the spring, put it in place and tighten the nut but it looks like we need to remove the case to do that. Is there a repair manual available? Thank you in advance.

    1. Nope, we don’t have any Hermes service manuals. still looking.

  10. Hi there.
    The serial number on my Hermes 3000 is: 7045468.
    I do not see this number on your list.
    Do you know the year? Any information you could give me is appreciated!
    Thank you! :)

  11. Hi there i have a Hermes typewriter serial # 5136556-suisse. It looks like a Baby but does not say that next to Hermes on top of typewriter. Would love to know what it is thanks

  12. I’ve been typing on Hermes 3000s since the early 1970’s, and now, own several, although my faviorite is the pica. Recently found Techno-Square Pica – not bad!
    At least three decades ago, I sent for a parts book from Paillard and it was LOST by someone who was going to photocopy it for me.

    Might anyone have this parts book, or a genuine service manual for the 3000 which I could copy?

    1. If you find one, let me know. That’s one I haven’t found a service or parts manual for.

  13. My uncle has a Hermes 3000 serial #3156239 mint condition what is the year and value?

  14. Thanks for all your information. I have a Hermes 3000 I just had tuned up after I rediscovered it. 5545558 is stamped inside. Do you know what year was it made?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

To Type, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth... © 2015 Frontier Theme