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An amazingly cool find for the retro office or vintage loving accountant, this F&E Check Protector (Royal Premier Model No. 5004579) is in just superb condition for it's age!

It is quite the conversation piece, as just sitting in my living room for a short time, everyone asks "what is THAT?"

So here's my DecoDeli-style of filling you on what I have found :).....

"Made and Guaranteed by The Hedman Company, Chicago, Illinois U.S.A." written on the backside, also finds patent No 02109104, which was issued to F.W. Dahlberg on Feb. 22, 1938. (I will be happy to send along the patent pdf information to the next owner!) This model most likely dates to the 1940's.

This tabulator-style check protector was designed to prevent alteration of checks once hand or type written. Ink ribbon-driven, the amounts are stamped into the surface of the check with exact dollar amounts, from depressing all those lovely keys, and cranking down the manual handle on the right. Itsy bitsy holes are formed through the ink, and leave the paper surface with a feel quite like braille.

On the left side there is the original set of keys for this machine. When these keys are removed, the machine locks to prevent use from let's say, "unauthorized users" to imprint checks.

The company, F&E Check Protector Company, is still producing equipment of this type to this very day! (I find that very, very cool!)

Still with the ink in great performance condition, feel free to protect a check up to $999,999.99!

Even the original Cleveland, OH sales & service distributor label is found on it's front side.

From F&E's website...

Company History

"In 1914, Hebert R. Hedman, a Chicago native with Swedish roots, borrowed $5,000 from his father to establish the Hedman Manufacturing Company. The firm was established to produce check protector machines that protect businesses from the common crime of forgery. Hedman's machine was the first check protector to write out the complete dollar amount with Arabic numerals in one simple operation. In addition, this first protector presented a patented process, engineered by Hedman, that printed the exact amount of the check by shredding and macerating indelible ink into the fibers of the paper. The results was a tamperproof document. Upon hearing about the Hedman Check Protector, Hedman's main competitor sent two men to attempt a buy out. Instead, these two men, Fessler & Evans, reached an agreement with Herbert Hedman to distribute his machines. This is the origin of the first "F&E"."

I love nostalgia!

This is VERY well built, and quite the heavy little machine.

Overall dimensions: 10" length, 7" width, 7-1\/2" height.

Very little surface flaws, wonderful working condition!

Just the perfect "punch" for Mid-Century Office charm!

***Due to the 22lb weight, I am estimating shipping on this item with US Parcel Post, which I have found to be the least expensive shipping method available in the US for this item.

I will happily adjust the shipping fee for areas closer to my Ohio location if the fees are less. I will refund directly to your PayPal account, or feel free to convo me beforehand so that I can adjust the cost to you if your area is closer.

*****Happy to combine shipping on multiple purchases!****** Please contact me, or allow me to adjust totals after purchasing!

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  • Materials: metal, plastic
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