Branford House Antiques
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ANTIQUE TYPEWRITERS

We are currently featuring the magnificent Wally Leopold antique typewriter collection and John Fosters' wonderful collection from Australia with additions from others and from our own collection.

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Remington No 8 serial #12822

From the John Foster collection: The Remington 8 shows up less often than other Remington understrikes, like models 2,6,7 & 9. The important difference on the model 8 is the much wider carriage and the one on this machine is approximately 18 inches long from knob to knob and with an approximate 13.5 inch long platen. This machine has the QWERTY keyboard and 42 keys. The serial number on this machine (12822) indicates it was manufactured in 1902 and when Buffalo Bill was touring the world with Chief Sitting Bull and his Wild West Shows.

This machine with its wide carriage is a rather attractive antique typewriter and displays very nicely. The frame is in tact and without any breaks, cracks or repairs. All the wooden key stems are in place and without any breaks or other damage. All the key tops are present but are dirty and with light tarnish. There is also tarnish on most of the bright metal parts. All the graphics and lettering are generally present with only minor losses and are easy to read. It has its full Remington Sunburst decals on the paper tray and again under the carriage. The machine is dirty and needs a good cleaning.

This machine is working as intended in that all the keys strike the platen and then return to rest. The carriage does advance as designed when the keys and space bar are struck. This is the only Remington understrike with a wide carriage we have handled in over 35 years of dealing with antique typewriters. We have estimated the condition rating at 3,2 and with a good cleaning and some elbow grease the rating could easily be raised to 2,2.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENT: Due to the large size of this machine, USPS Priority International postage may not be available to some countries so please email or call with your specific address for an international shipping cost.

CASE ONLY: Due to the size (shipping cost) we are selling the wooden oak base and tin lid for this machine separately. See separately listing.

$350.00

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ELLIOTT FISHER BOOK TYPEWRITER

This is an Elliott-Fisher book typewriter made for typing on books and for doing bookkeeping and accounting ledger postings. This was a wonderful and state-of-art accounting machine.

This machine has some surface tarnish and paint loss and it may be missing some parts. We are estimating its condition rating at 4,4. It is a machine for restoration or for parts. It is the earlier version and before the 1925 merger of Elliott Fisher with Underwood and we are estimating it's circa date at around 1903.

This machine is large and heavy and probably better for a pick up or delivery rather than packing and shipping. It is approximately 23 inches long, 14 inches deep and 8 inches high. It weighs approximately 32 pounds. We are in Rutland, Vermont and will be in Leesburg, Florida in October with short windows for meeting someplace along the line. If shipment, is desired please contact us with your shipping address and we will be happy to get a quote for you from our local UPS store.

$150.00

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WILLIAAMS CHECK PUNC serial # 13,944

This is an 1885 Williams Automatic Bank Punch, aka: "The Octopus". I wonder why they call it that! It is in "as found" but excellent condition and is functional. It shows patent dates from 1884 & 1885. It has all of its knobs, its original black jappaning and pretty clear pin stripping. It is fully working in that all the numbers and symbols do correctly punch out as intended. We are estimating its conditional rating as a 2,2.

$475.00

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CARTER'S ANTIQUE TYPEWRITER RIBBON DISPLAY CASE

Carter's replacement typewriter ribbons and carbon paper were displayed and stored in this beautiful oak cabinet which was provided to general stores free of charge. It was considered a very high quality and attractive cabinet and one the store keeper would be happy to predominately display and usually right up front on his main counter. Notice the large and colorful decal on the back and the two smaller ones on each of the ten (10) drawers.

This cabinet is reminiscent of very similar spool and thread cabinets popular in the late 19th century. While later, mid-century Carter's cabinets are easily found, beautiful early ones like this guy seldom show up. We believe it dates somewhere in the circa: 1895-1920 era and most likely right around 1912. It is in remarkably good condition and would make a wonderful display piece to go with any antique typewriter and/or ribbon tin collection.

It measures approximately 21.75 inches wide, 17.5 inches deep and 17 inches high. It weighs approximately 50 pounds without packaging. We are offering it with free pick up in Rutland, VT or Leesburg, FL or to meet somewhere along the way. If shipment is required, we can deliver it free of charge to our local UPS Store No 6321 (802-773-7410). The manager is David and he always does a good job packing and shipping antiques. .

CARTERS INK COMPANY HISTORY:
Carters Ink Company was started in Boston in 1858 as William Carter Company selling paper and inks. It continued in business under a variety of related names but always making and selling inks and paper until the company was sold in 1976 to the Dennison Company.

In the early 1890s with the great emerging popularity of the typewriter, the company began making and selling typewriter ribbons and typewriter carbon paper. The various replacement typewriter ribbons were housed and sold in tins and often sported very colorful lithographic designs. One might compare today's computer printer ink cartridges to typewriter ribbon tins. However, today's cartridges are not housed in attractive and very collectible tins.

The photo with the typewriter is meant to show how well the cabinet can display an antique typewriter and the typewriter does not come with the cabinet.

$750.00

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Imperial Typewriter with Wide Carriage

From Wallys' magnificent collection comes this Imperial Typewriter with a wide carriage is from The Imperial Typewriter Company of Leicester, England. It is a bit dirty and could use a good cleaning but it is without rust or tarnish and does display very well. All parts are present but the carriage does not advance when the keys or the space bar are struck and most likely needs the carriage strings to be retied. We are estimating the condition rating on this machine to be 2,3. circa: 1930-1950.

This typewriter is not available for shipment until late April 2021

$125.00

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Empire serial #64418

From John Foster's Australian collection comes this Empire antique typewriter, serial No 64418. It comes with its original tin base and tin lid. It is complete and in good working condition with excellent action. There is very little paint loss and all the graphics are clear and easy to read. This machine was made by the Williams Typewriter Company in Montreal Canada and is circa 1895. We are estimating its condition rating at 2,2.

This typewriter is not available for shipment until late April 2021

$225.00

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Empire Antique Typewriter serial #33483

From John Foster's Australian collection comes this early model Empire antique typewriter. It was made in Montreal Canada by the Williams Typewriter Company circa: 1895. It is missing its top plate. The machine is a bit sluggish but is working as intended. There is some tarnish and paint loss. It comes with its original tin base and lid. We are estimating the condition rating at 3,2-.

This typewriter is not available for shipment until late April 2021

$125.00

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Bing No 2 Typewriter

This Bing No 2 is German and comes with its original case (tin base with a tin lid) and was made in the early 1920s, but it does speak English well. It has a good Art Deco look. All the keys do strike the platen and return to rest without assistance but the carriage does not advance when keys or the space bar are struck. We are estimating the condition rating on this machine at 2,3

This typewriter is not available for shipment until late April 2021

$150.00

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Coxhead Typewriter serial #407410-9

OK, so here is another typewriter I bet you don't have in your collection. It is a Coxhead from the Frack C. Coxhead Company in New York. You probably already guessed by now that it is a Varityper. Darryl Rehr has the history on page 70 of his book. Apparently, after the Varityper went out of business, Frank Coxhead purchased the rights and the inventory and reintroduced it as the Coxhead in 1933.

This typewriter has a broken front frame and we are including it with the typewriter so that the new owner can repair it. The space bar is cracked and is also in need of repair. The machine is dirty and with surface tarnish but is working pretty much as intended. We are estimating its condition rating at 3,3 mostly due to the broken front frame.

This typewriter is not available for shipment until late April 2021

$125.00

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Dacty-Baby Typewriter

From Wally's magnificent collection comes this Dacty-Baby typewriter. It is rare in that I couldn't find anything on it. Nothing in Lipman, Adler, Russo or Rehr. No images or references in Google. OK, I know I will hear from many of you who know more than me so let me have it? It is a small typewriter, obviously the name "Baby". It has a very unique keyboard and is most likely European and maybe French? The carriage does not now advance when the space bar or keys are struck. It appears to want to advance to right vs the left but not sure. It is otherwise in good condition and all parts do appear to be present.

This typewriter is not available for shipment until late April 2021

It comes in its original colorful case and the left side handle is not attached and otherwise the case in good condition. The typewriter and the case are not marked other than "Dacty-Baby". They both appear to be from the 1930s -50s era. The typewriter is held together with nuts and bolts and not pressed together as one might expect of pressed steel. It might therefore be a WW2 bootleg made typewriter which would also explain why no other markings. We are estimating the condition rating at 2-,3.

This typewriter is currently on auction in eBay.

$125.00

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Geniatus Index Typewriter

From Wally's magnificent collection come this very attractive Geniatus Index typewriter from Germany is circa: 1924. This machine is in very good condition. The name on the paper table is faded, as is usually the case on Geniatus typewriters but all the other graphics are clear and easy to read. This swinging sector index typewrites is working well and as intended. We are estimating the condition rating on this machine at 2,2.

$275.00

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Fox No 3 Understrike

From Wally's magnificent collection comes this early Fox No 3 understrike typewriter, circa: 1902. We could not locate the serial number but there is a patent plate with 1902 being the last date listed.

The graphics are generally clear and easy to read but there is some wear and some small paint losses. The machine is dirty with dust and dirt build up. While all the key tabs are present and working several have their white numbers worn off. The machine appears to be complete and intact and without any cracks, breaks or repairs in the frame but the carriage is not advancing when keys or the space bar are struck. We are estimating the condition rating on this machine at 2-,3.

This typewriter is not available for shipment until late Aoril 2020

$375.00

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Harris Visible No 4 serial #110928

From Wally's magnificent collection, this Harris Visible No 4 typewriter, serial #110928, was made by the Harris Typewriter Co of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. It was made in 1912 or 1913 and was sold by Sears, Roebuck and Company for $39.80 and also marketed by The American Can Co. It is a very nice and simple three bank, keyboard machine

This one is in decent condition, without any cracks, breaks or repairs in the cast iron frame. All the writing is visible, clear and easy to read. There is a little paint loss, some light tarnish, the machine is dirty and needs a good cleaning. All the keys do easily strike the platen and return to rest but the carriage is not advancing. We believe the carriage simply needs to be retied. We have estimated the condition rating on this machine at 2-,3.

This typewriter is not available for shipment until April 2020

$200.00

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Century 10 serial #HX00253

From Wally's magnificent collection is this Century 10 by the American Writing Machine Company of New York and designed by Frank Sholes, a son of Christopher Latham Sholes. It was actually made in the Smith Premier facility in Syracuse, New York. This machine was considered a portable when introduced in 1914 but I would call it an upright. It is a smaller, 3 bank, keyboard machine with 30 keys.

This machine is all there and in pretty good condition. The cast iron frame is fully in tact without any breaks, cracks or repairs. All the graphics and writing are clear and easy to read. It does have a little paint loss, is very dirty and does have some light tarnish. It is fully working and with pretty good action. We have estimated its condition rating at 2-,2.

This machine is not available for shipment until late April 2021

$225.00

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Remington Portable Model 5

From Wally's collection comes this Remington Portable Model 5, portable typewriter in original case, circa: 1932. This machine is very attractive in that it has all of its original paint. The steel and glass keyboard is actually stunning. There are no obvious flaws but the typewriter is not working. Only the center keys can strike the platen and return to rest but the carriage does not advance. The other keys are frozen and similar to keys on a raised keyboard when it is lowered and locked in place. I keep thinking there is a keyboard release but I have not located it.

It comes in its original carrying case, which is in very good condition. We have estimated the total condition rating at 2+, 3

This typewriter is not available for shipment until late April 2021

$95.00

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We use the European Condition Grading System which, like all such things, is very subjective but it does provide the viewer with an idea of the condition of the antique in question. Click on the link below for the key and explanation of each grade. Inking - while the machines may be functional, they usually need a replacement ribbon or reinking to actually print. Since the old inks and ribbons tend to be quite messy, most collectors find this much more practical for display purposes. A popular collector trick is to replace antique ribbons with contempory computer printer ribbons which are readily available in multiple colors and widths at most office supply stores like Staples, etc. and modern inks are generally not as messy.

Note on Shipping Fees: While we attempt to match actual cost with our shipping fees, we usually fall short and do not fully recoup our shipping costs. We use only new packing materials (cartons, bubble pack, packing peanuts, packing paper and packing tape). We carefully pack each machine and make certain all moving parts are tightly secured and that there is about three inches of tightly cushioned packing material on a 360 degree basis. It takes us over an hour to pack one typewriter. We ship via USPS Priority Mail to lessen the postal handling as much as possible. We always purchase the USPS Special "Fragile Handling" service ($10.50 per package) and the USPS Insurance in the amount of the price + the shipping fee actually paid.


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