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Type 1 Curta Calculator Type 1 Curta Calculator w/ Case  The serial # on this early Type 1 Curta is 16503.  That would date this from the first year or two of production.   This Curta Calculator is in excellent condition and operates flawlessly.  The body is very nice and shows minimal wear or tear.  There are  minor scuffs and losses on the outer metal case. In addition to the serial number the bottom of the calculator is stamped Made in Liechtenstein, by Contina AG Mauren, System Curt Herzstark.  Case dimensions are approximately 4 5/8" tall by 2 1/4" diameter.   The inside of the case has cotton like pads to protect the device bottom.

The Curta calculator was invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II.  This interesting design calculator was the top of the line manual calculator in its day and was immensely popular before the advent of the handheld electronic calculator which essentially made them obsolete in the 70's. In todays world they are at times used in road rallies and other applications but they are worth more as collectibles and examples of calculation history.   The last examples were made up until about 1970 and all told about 150,00 both Type #1 & Type #2 models were made. They are highly collectible pieces of calculation history, and an important example of calculation technology in the scheme of things. 

Good +  . . . . . $795.00      SOLD!!




Curta Type I Calculator w/ Box & PaperworkCurta Type I Calculator w/ Box & Paperwork  This is one of the finest condition Type I Curta Calculators I have ever handled.  It has its original cardboard case as well as the original guarantee card from the store it came from, plus the 2 typical pieces of instructional paper, the manual and a quick start guide one finds.  It shows little if any wear and looks to have seen little if any use.  It operates flawlessly. 

This Type I Curta calculator has serial number 46797. The cardboard box has a label with the same number.  The paperwork indicates it was first sold in the early 1960s.  There are sites online that are devoted to the science of dating these where one can determine a more precise production date. The outer case is metal and both pads are present.  On the bottom of the calculator is written  "Type I No 46797 Made in Liechtenstein Customs Union with Switzerland, by Contina LTD Mauren, System Curt Herzstark,

The Curta Calculator was invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II and was the calculator of choice before the advent of electronic calculators ended their run in that sense and they became a much sought after collectible of today.   

Fine. . . . . $1100.00    SOLD!!



Curta Type I CalculatorCurta Type I Calculator  This Curta Type I calculator is in good condition and operates properly  Scuffs on the bottom plate. 

This Type I Curta calculator has serial number 64042.  There are sites online that are devoted to the science of dating these where one can determine the production date. The outer case is plastic and good noting the bottom foam pad has been replaced.

The Curta Calculator was invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II. On the bottom of the calculator is says "Type I No 64042 Made in Liechtenstein Customs Union with Switzerland, by Contina LTD Mauren, System Curt Herzstark,   

Good . . . . . $725.00      SOLD!!





Curta Type 2 CalculatorCurta Type II Calculator  This Curta Type II calculator is in fine condition and operates flawlessly.  Minor scuffs on the bottom plate.  The Curta calculator was the most popular unit available right up till hand held electronic models were offered in the early 70's.   They became about obsolete but highly collectible look back into the past after that.

This Type II Curta calculator has serial number 552801 which would date it from a few years before the end of their production.  There are sites online that are devoted to the science of dating these where one can narrow the date down. The outer case is plastic and good noting the foam pads have gone missing.

The Curta Calculator was invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II. On the bottom of the calculator is says "Type II No 552801 Made in Liechtenstein Customs Union with Switzerland, by Contina LTD Mauren, System Curt Herzstark,

Fine . . . . . $1095.00      SOLD!!





Curta Type 2 CalculatorCurta Type 2 Calculator   This Curta calculator is in super condition, and operates flawlessly. Inside of case has both foam pads to protect the device.  The Curta was the most popular unit available right up till hand held electronic models were offered in the early 70's.   They became an obsolete but highly piece of calculation history after that.

This Type II Curta calculator has serial number 553456 which would date it from a few years before the end of their production.  There are sites online that are devoted to the science of dating these where one can narrow it down.

The Curta Calculator was invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II. On the bottom of the calculator is says "Type II No 553456 Made in Liechtenstein Customs Union with Switzerland, by Contina LTD Mauren, System Curt Herzstark,   Inside of case has both foam pads to protect the device.  Also included is an original paperwork.

Fine . . . . . $1250.00      SOLD!!





Curta Type 1 CalculatorCurta Type 1 Calculator This interesting design calculator is in super condition, and operates flawlessly. This Type 1 Curta calculator has serial number 64194 which would date it from near the end of their production. There are sites online that are devoted to the science of dating these.

The Curta Calculator was invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II. On the bottom of the calculator is says "System Curt Herzstark, Made in Liechtenstein, by Contina AG Mauren, Type 1 No 64194. Case dimensions are approximately 4 5/8" tall by 2 1/4" diameter. Inside of case has both foam pads to protect the device. Also included is an original instruction sheet that was provided with it.

Fine . . . . . $1050.00      SOLD!!





Curta Type 2 Calculator w/ Leather CarrierCurta Type 2 Calculator w/ Leather Carrier  This interesting calculator is in super condition, and operates flawlessly. The Curta was the most popular unit available right up till hand held electronic models were offered in the early 70's.   They became an obsolete but highly collectible look back into the past after that.

This Type II Curta calculator has serial number 547782 which would date it from a few years before the end of their production.  There are sites online that are devoted to the science of dating these where one can narrow it down. The outer case has a Lietz decal, and the leather case typically indicates it was being used by a surveyor or engineer in the field. The leather case is nice noting the snap closer no longer works.

The Curta Calculator was invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II. On the bottom of the calculator is says "Type II No 547782 Made in Liechtenstein Customs Union with Switzerland, by Contina LTD Mauren, System Curt Herzstark,   Inside of case has both foam pads to protect the device.  Also included is an original paperwork.

Fine . . . . . $1250.00       SOLD!!




Serial # 77040 Type 1 Curta CalculatorSerial # 77040 Type 1 Curta Calculator This Curta is in very nice overall condition.  All sliders go up and down smoothly.  It will zero out. The add / Subtract lever moves easily. The black finish is near perfect and shows minimal wear.  The serial # is 77040  dating it near the end of commercial production in the early 70's.  On the bottom of the calculator it says Made in Liechtenstein, by Contina AG Mauren, No 77040.   The outer plastic case is nice with original pads and its dimensions are approximately 4 5/8" tall by 2 1/4" diameter. It also has the seldom seen outer leather case which is typically associated with use in the field.

The Curta calculator was invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II.  This interesting design calculator was the top of the line calculator in its day and was immensely popular before the advent of the handheld electronic calculator in the 70's essentially made them obsolete.  They were made up until about 1970 and all told about 150,00 both Type 1 & Type 2 models were made.  In todays world they are also used in road rallies and other similar applications.  A highly collectible piece of calculation history.

Fine . . . . . $950.00      SOLD!!




Type 2 Curta Calculator w/ Leather Outer CaseType 2 Curta Calculator w/ Leather Outer Case   The serial # on this two tone Type II Curta is 550769.  That would date it from the mid 1950's  a few years after the Type 2 Curta was introduced.  The bottom of the calculator is says Made in Liechtenstein, by Contina AG Mauren. The Curta calculator was first developed or conceived / invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II.

This 2 tone Curta comes with 2 pieces of original paperwork.  The condition of it, the black plastic case, the outer leather case, and the paperwork are all excellent.  It operates smoothly and as it should.  It adds, carries, zeroes out, the sliders are free and smooth, etc. The subtraction lever works.  A very nice early Curta in its original plastic case that will make for a good user for car rallies or other applications. Curta Calculators are a must have for any collection concerned with the history of Calculation and how it has progressed. They were the last  and best mechanical calculator made before the advent of electronic handhelds relegated them to collectible status.   A classic!!

Good +  . . . . . $1250.00         SOLD!!





Early # 13090 Curta Type 1 CalculatorEarly # 13090 Curta Type 1 Calculator It is in very nice cosmetic condition but does have jamming issues.  All sliders go up and down smoothly.  It will zero out. The add / Subtract lever moves. It does hang up / jam when asking it to do repeated calcs.  It will loosen up with gentle movements to allow it to be zeroed out.  It is being sold as is, and in need of repair, or servicing.

The black finish is near perfect and shows minimal wear on the bottom or elsewhere.  The serial # is 13090  dating this from approx. 1951 just a few years after commercial production began.  On the bottom of the calculator it says Made in Liechtenstein, by Contina AG Mauren, No 13090.  The side has a distributer / owner stamp from South Africa.  It says Suttner's, Sole Agent in Johannesburg SA.  Other examples with this marking have been found.   The outer metal case is nice and its dimensions are approximately 4 5/8" tall by 2 1/4" diameter. 

The Curta calculator was invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II.  This interesting design calculator was the top of the line calculator in its day and was immensely popular before the advent of the handheld electronic calculator in the 70's essentially made them obsolete.  They were made up until about 1970 and all told about 150,00 both Type 1 & Type 2 models were made.  In todays world they are also used in road rallies and other similar applications.  A highly collectible piece of calculation history.

Fair . . . . . $450.00      SOLD!!




Type 1 Curta Calculator Metal CaseType 1 Curta Calculator Metal Case   The serial # on this Type I Curta is 21403. The bottom of the calculator is says Made in Liechtenstein, by Contina AG Mauren. The Curta calculator was first developed or conceived / invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II.

The cosmetic condition is great, but it is inoperable and jammed up.  The slides go up and down, but the top collar at times will not raise, and it will not crank properly.  It was forced at some point as the anti reverse feature is not always in place.  In other words it will crank a bit in reverse which it should never do.  My experience says that means the pins at the top are damaged and bent.  I did not go inside to confirm that on this one, but that was what the situation with the last one I had that operated like this one.  It is being sold as is and in need of attention. 

Fair  . . . . . $350.00    SOLD!!




Type 2 Curta CalculatorType 2 Curta Calculator   The serial # on this early  Type II Curta is 539904.  That would date it from the mid 1950's  a few years after the Type 2 Curta was introduced.  The bottom of the calculator is says Made in Liechtenstein, by Contina AG Mauren. The Curta calculator was first developed or conceived / invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II.

This 2 tone Curta comes with 2 pieces of original paperwork.  The condition of it, the case, and the paper are all excellent.  It operates smoothly and as it should..  It adds, carries, zeroes out, the sliders are free and smooth, etc.   A very nice early Curta in its original plastic case that will make for a good user for car rallies or other applications. Curta Calculators are a must have for any collection concerned with the history of Calculation and how it has progressed.   A classic!!

Good +  . . . . . $995.00     SOLD!!





Type 1 Curta Calculator w/ Leather Covered CaseType 1 Curta Calculator w/ Leather Covered Case   The serial # on this early Type 1 Curta is 31687.  That would date this from the mid 1950's,  a few years after production began.  I also see that the serial # is a prime number for what that is worth. 

On the bottom of the calculator is says Made in Liechtenstein, by Contina AG Mauren, No 31687.  Case dimensions are approximately 4 5/8" tall by 2 1/4" diameter. The inside of the case has both foam pads to protect the device The outer metal case is  covered in tightly sewn leather.  I have seen these in separate leather cases for field work, but have never seen one like this with the original case covered in sewn leather.

The Curta calculator was invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II.  This interesting design calculator was the top of the line calculator in its day and was immensely popular before the advent of the handheld electronic calculator essentially made them obsolete in the 70's.  The last ones were made up until about 1970 and all told about 150,00 both Type #1 & Type #2 models were made. Today they are highly collectible pieces of calculation history, and are an important example of calculation technology in the scheme of things.  In todays world they are also used in road rallies and other applications. 

This example is in excellent condition and operates flawlessly. The body is very nice and shows no wear or tear.  There are  minor scuffs and losses in the leather cover on the outer metal case.  The provenance I can offer is that this example came from Mexico.

Good +  . . . . . $695.00        SOLD!!




Type 2 Curta Calculator w/ CaseType 2 Curta Calculator w/ Case  The serial # on this Type 2 Curta is 508586.  That would date this from the mid 50's.  The last examples were made up until about 1970 and all told about 150,00 both Type #1 & Type #2 models were made.  The Type 2 Curta was introduced shortly after the Type 1, and is basically the same design machine w/ a larger capacity.

This Curta Calculator has issues and is being sold as is.  It jams up, and the crank works sometimes, sometimes not.   The body is very nice and shows minimal wear or tear.  The outer case is metal and has minor scuffs.
 The bottom of the calculator is stamped Made in Liechtenstein, by Contina AG Mauren, System Curt Herzstark along with the serial number. 

The Curta calculator was invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II.  This interesting design calculator was the top of the line manual calculator in its day and was immensely popular before the advent of the handheld electronic calculator which essentially made them obsolete in the 70's and collectible shortly afterward.  They are highly collectible pieces of calculation history, and an important example of how calculation technology has advanced.

FAIR / TBR  . . . . . $295.00      SOLD!!





Curta Type 2 CalculatorCurta Type 2 Calculator  This interesting design and very collectible calculator is in super condition.  This Curta calculator is a type 2 serial number 549881. These devices were first invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II. On the bottom of the calculator is the manufacturer info, and it says  Made in Liechtenstein, (Customs Union with Switzerland.) by Contina LTD. Mauren System Curt Herzstark.  There is a Lietz sticker on the side, and this indicates that they were the distributor of this example. The black plastic case dimensions are approximately 4 5/8" tall by 2 1/4" diameter. Inside of the black plastic case has both foam pads to protect the device.  This one also includes the rare and unusual leather carry case for field work.  It is in excellent condition, and has seen little use.  The type two has a larger capacity than the type1 and has 11 columns that carry out to 15 places.  The operation is flawless.  These were the tool of choice just before the introduction of the electronic handhelds came onto the market.  The end of an era!!

Good . . . . . $1250.00        SOLD





Curta CalculatorCurta Type 2 Calculator  This Curta calculator is in super condition.  The lietz tag is from the distributer.  The condition is like new.

Good + . . . . . $950.00       SOLD







Type 2 Curta CalculatorType 2 Curta Calculator   The serial # on this early Type II Curta is 505262.  That would date it from  late 1954, the second year the Type 2 Curta was offered.  The bottom of the calculator says Made in Liechtenstein, by Contina AG Mauren. The Curta calculator was first developed or conceived / invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II.

This Curta operates as it should.  It adds, carries,  zeroes out, the sliders are free and smooth, etc.  There is one small nick in the aluminum case bottom as I have shown.  A nice early Curta in its original metal case that will make for a good user for car rallies or other applications. Curta Calculators are a must have for any collection concerned with the history of calculation and how it has progressed.   A classic!!

Good +  . . . . . $795.00          SOLD!!






Curta Type 1 CalculatorCurta Type 1 Calculator  This interesting design calculator is in super condition, and operates flawlessly. This rare Curta calculator type 1, serial number 47288. was invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II. On the bottom of the calculator is says "System Curt Herzstark, Made in Liechtenstein, by Contina AG Mauren, Type 1 No 47288.   Case dimensions are approximately 4 5/8" tall by 2 1/4" diameter. Inside of case has both foam pads to protect the device.  Also included are a copy of  an instruction sheet that was provided with it.

Good . . . .  $995.00        SOLD







Curta Type ! Calculator Serial # 5714Curta Type 1 Calculator (FIRST MODEL)  This is a very early and very rare  first model Type 1 Curta calculator.  The serial number is 5714.    That would date this within the first couple of years of manufacture back in the late 40's. This unusual calculator is in excellent condition, fully operational,  and shows little sign of either use or abuse, just a few storage dings on the outer case.  

The Curta calculator was invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II. On the bottom of the calculator is says Made in Liechtenstein, by Contina AG Mauren,  No 5714.   Case dimensions are approximately 4 5/8" tall by 2 1/4" diameter. The inside of the case has both foam pads to protect the device although the upper foam button has deteriorated a bit. 

This interesting design calculator was the top of the line and immensely popular before the advent of the handheld electronic calculator essentially made them obsolete in the 70's. The last ones were made up until about 1970 and all told about 150,00 both Type #1 & Type #2 models were made.  Today they are highly collectible pieces, and are an important example of calculation technology in the scheme of things. 

This example is in excellent condition and operates flawlessly.  The body is very nice and shows no wear or tear and there are just a few minor scuffs on the outer metal case.  Note the design of the column levers and how they are different from later examples.   The provenance I can offer is that this example came from Brazil and a college professor there was given it by a architect / engineer  back in the 50's and it has sat in a drawer since then.

Excellent  . . . . . $1495.00       SOLD!






Curta Type 2 CalculatorCurta Type 2 Calculator   This is a very nice Type 2 Curta calculator.  The serial number 536760.  It is a later model and has the two tone color scheme on the body.  The main difference between a Type 1 & 2 are the number of places it has.  They were both being offered simultaneously although the Type 1 was introduced first a few years before the Type 2 came to market.  

Cosmetically this Curta is as nice as one could hope for.  It functions smoothly and flawlessly.  The black plastic case with its rubber bumpers is in great condition as well.  The original fold out instruction sheet and manual show some use, but are nice as well. 

This Curta calculator is one of the most interesting designs of manual calculators ever designed or offered.  Before the advent of hand held electronic calculators they were cutting edge technology and the final word in mechanical calculators.  It is pretty incredible that they were able to get all that capability to fit into the palm ofCurta Type 2 Calculator a users hand.  The introduction of the hand held electronic calculator  though ended it reign as the calculator of choice for use, and began it accent into the realm of one of the most sought after of collectible calculating devices.  These vintage calculators are very collectible now, and are getting harder and harder to find. 

These devices were first invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II. On the bottom of the calculator is the manufacturer info, and it says  Made in Liechtenstein, (Customs Union with Switzerland.) by Contina LTD. Mauren System Curt Herzstark.  The black plastic case dimensions are approximately 4 5/8" tall by 2 1/4" diameter. Inside of the black plastic case has both foam pads to protect the device.   The type two Curta has a larger capacity than the type1 and has 11 columns that carry out to 15 places.   The end of an era!!

Excellent  . . . . . $1095.00       SOLD!






Type 2 Curta CalculatorType 2 Curta Calculator   The serial # of this late model two-tone Type II Curta is 528335.  That would date it from the early 1960's.  The Curta calculator was the top of the line calculator in its day and was immensely popular before the handheld electronic calculator essentially made them obsolete in the 70's.  The last Curta Calculators were made about 1970 and all told about 150,00 Type #1 & Type #2 models were made.  On the bottom of the calculator is says Made in Liechtenstein, by Contina AG Mauren. The Curta calculator was invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II.

This example is in good cosmetic condition but operation is spotty.  It will zero out but at least one of the number slides is stuck, and the operation is erratic seemingly working at times, and then jamming up and become hard to operate before settling into a position where it can be zeroed again.  I am not sure if this means it needs to be repaired, or just cleaned and adjusted.  There is no case.  

Good  - . . . . .$395.00        SOLD!!




Type 1 Curta CalculatorType 1 Curta Calculator   The serial # on this early Type I Curta is 21483.  That would date this from the 1953 just a few years after Curta calculators were first introduced to the market.  The bottom of the calculator is marked Made in Liechtenstein, by Contina AG Mauren. The Curta calculator was first developed / conceived / invented by Carl Herzstark while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II.   They were put into production shortly after the WWII ended.

This example is in super cosmetic condition, but does not operate properly and is jammed up.  In addition to the top ring not wanting to revolve, some of the number slide controls are stuck  It must have happened early on and the owner simply put it back as it is still in its original metal case and original cardboard box with 3 pieces of original paperwork. The condition seems nice enough that this example would warrant the cost of a repair /  inspection by one of the Curta repair places that can be found on the internet.   

Good -  . . . . .$500.00       SOLD!!






Type 1 Curta Calculator w/ Metal CaseType 1 Curta Calculator w/ Metal Case & Original Paper   The serial # on this early Type1 Curta is 15087.  That would date this from the early 1950's according to the latest dating chart available online. That would be just a few years after production began in 1947. 

On the bottom of the calculator is says Made in Liechtenstein, by Contina AG Mauren, No 15087.  Case dimensions are approximately 4 5/8" tall by 2 1/4" diameter. The inside of the case has both foam pads to protect the device when stored.  The outer metal case is in fine condition.

This example is in excellent operating and cosmetic condition. It operates flawlessly. The body is very nice and shows no wear or tear.  It comes with the original paper work shown, and it is stamped with the same serial number.  Very Nice!!

Good +  . . . . .$995.00         SOLD!


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