Object of the month
Object: The type-writer “Sampo”
Period of time: 1895-1896
Numbers buildt: 1 158
The object this month is the type-writer Sampo. It was manufactured in 1895-1896 by the Husqvarna Factory and is a simplified variant of the type wheel type-writers. And the first produced type-writer in Sweden. Legend has it that its unusual name was an idea from the type-writer’s constructor, an engineer originally of Swedish-speaking Finnish extraction. He of course knew about Kalevala, the Finnish national epic saga, wherein a magic item is present. Really what this magic item was is not known for sure but a theory is that it is a mill who could produce gold, salt and flour without raw materials. It was however made by the Master smith Ilmarinen. The magic Sampo was lost during a sea-battle and sunk to the bottom where it is of good use for the fishes.
Husqvarna’s Sampo was outdated from the beginning and became a commercial failure. The production stopped after just a short time. Perhaps it is a quirk of irony that while the magic Sampo went to the bottom of the sea; Husqvarna’s sampo was sold as toys in the local toyshop for only 2 Crowns each?
Today Sampo the type-writer is a rare collectible but can be seen at our museum, The Husqvarna Museum.
Husqvarna Museum is very pleased that we got to be part of Husqvarna Motorcycles launch of new enduro models 2017 ! Watch the film about the launch , which took place in Huskvarna and Norrahammar on 11 and 13 July. Many thanks to Smålands Karoliner for a fine setting of the company’s oldest history!