So this is how it goes:
1. A “Brilliant’ typewriter pops up on Australian eBay.
2. Never heard of a Brilliant typewriter, says I. Is it a brand name, a model name or a just an enthusiastic seller's description?
3. Check Will Davis web pages. Can’t find a Brilliant.
4. Check Georg’s sites, check Richard Polt’s site, check Alan Seaver’s site. No Brilliant.
5. Do a general web search. No luck.
6. Must be a mistake, says I.
7. Put it on Watch List.
8. Thirteen seconds from end of auction, already 14 bids and over $100 ... but curiosity gets the better of me. Put in bid.
10. Intensify searches. If only I knew what country it came from, that would help track it down. Looks vaguely Japanese. A Nippo, perhaps. Has that sort of Royalite look about the front. That suggests Nippo, too. Think Atlas, Baby Alpina, Condor, Rexina …
11. Days later, note from Post Office in letterbox to pick up parcel.
12. Pick up parcel.
13. Tear open packing, what little there is of it.
14. Yes, it says “Brilliant S” on the front.
15. Yes, it’s a brilliant red, all right - eBay photos didn’t lie.
16. Ah, “Made in Western Germany”.
17. Straight home. On to Internet.
18. Cracked it! Will Davis has all the answers on the Davis Typewriter Works blog.
19. Will (who owns it as a Collegiate) has had the good word from Thomas Fuertig. It’s an ABC. Marketed by Neckermann as a Brilliant S.
20. ABC? Think Cole Steel.
21. Get out Cole Steel, compare. Workings identical.
22. Now, Will says I can find the patents.
23. Yep (many minutes later), there they are.
24. Patents applied for by Kochs Adlernahmaschinenwerke AG, Bielefeld, Germany in March 1960, issued September that year.
25. Wow! Thanks Will! You’re a champion! First I have a lovely little gleaming, snappy red typewriter that I’d never heard of a weeks earlier, now I have its patents. Can’t beat that!
Yes, I know, I've already mislaid the little clasp from the front, but I'll find it again ...