This Ideal typewriter was patented by two Americans in 1897, but it was manufactured in Germany by Seidel & Naumann of Dresden (makers of bicycles and sewing machines, as well as the Erika Typewriter). This was a 4-row, oblique-front strike machine noted for its distinctive open metalwork frame with the logo molded-in.
"The type-bars were U-shaped in cross section, giving them exceptional rigidity with light weight. The carriage return lever was located at the left side of the keyboard rather than on the carriage itself. The shift keys offered a very light touch, since they shifted both the type-bars and carriage together, the two meeting at a midpoint (virtually all other machines shifted either the carriage or the type-bars, but not both). Also of note was the tabulator, a lever at bottom in the front"
This typewriter types fine, has ribbon. Good condition.