Branford House Antiques
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Oliver No 5 Typewriter serial #198177

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From Michael,s collection comes this nice Oliver Model 5 antique typewriter, serial #198177. The Oliver was arguably the best made typewriter and often considered indestructible. I recall reading an old Oliver salesman's manual wherein one chapter describes how the salesman should carry an Oliver into a large office area and in the middle of the secretarial pool, fake a stumble and drop the machine on the wood floor. Then, as the people in the area gather around, pick up the machine and exhibit how it is still functioning well. Then the salesman was instructed to say "Of course it still works, its an Oliver"

This model 5, (circa: 1906) is in very nice condition. The cast iron frame is intact and without any breaks, cracks or repairs. All the original paint is present with less than 1% loss. All the original graphics are present, clear and easy to read. There is a little surface tarnish on some of the bright metal but most is clear and bright. This machine still has both of its original ribbon spool covers which are often missing. The key tabs are a bit dirty and the machine could use a good cleaning.

This machine is fully functioning as intended. All the keys strike the platen and return to rest without assistance. The carriage advances as the keys and space bar are struck. We have estimated the condition rating on this machine at 2-,2.


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