Classic Typewriter Classifieds
The Classic Typewriter Classifieds was last updated on October 10, 2014.
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This page is a public forum for selling, trading, and buying antique typewriters and related items. Ads are free.  To place an advertisement, just send an email to: and be sure to include "Classified Ad" in the subject. Follow the format of other ads on this page and I will post it for you.  The date an ad was posted appears immediately before the ad in (month/day) format.  In general, ads will be removed after about two months.

Here's some advice on selling.  BEWARE OF SCAMMERS replying to your advertisement to sell or buy a typewriter. Although most offers are genuine, and people honest, I've been made aware of some scams recently, offering the asking price of the typewriter plus some excess money that needs to be forwarded to a third party.  Beware of this type of offer and always exercise the usual precautions that you would on any internet transaction.  If you have any concerns about a transaction, please feel free to contact me. 

Ads are divided into Sell and Trade, Wanted and Specialty Services.  There is also advice on prices and on rating the condition of a typewriter, see the end of this page.  For some good advice on how to ship a typewriter, visit this web site.  If you buy or sell an item through this site, please let me know so I can keep the page up to date.

Sell and Trade:

  • (new!) (10/10) For Sale: 1898 Manhattan A "Blind Writer" Needs restoration but stored well. Minimal rust. 95% complete. Very Rare. Contact:

  • (new!) (10/10) For Sale: Eldorado typewriter for sale. Non working. For parts or repair only. Please contact Lindsey:

  • (new!) (9/01) For Sale:  Typewriter Collection including Lambert 1, Picht, Active, Hall, World 2, Williams,  Salter 6 plus over 80 others.  Contact:

  • (new!) (9/01) For Sale: 1950's Royal Quiet De Luxe typewriter. This typewriter is very collectable. It's color is Bubble Gum Pink. It's in very good condition. All the keys are in good working condition. Still prints in it's original Black and red ink. Comes with it's original case. If there's anything I didn't cover or if you have any questions please feel free to email me at driskill95@gmail. com

  • (new!) (9/01) For Sale: Sholes Visible typewriter in travel case.  Very nice condition.  Fresh ribbon so you can actually type on it too.   Chicago typewriter in case.  Contact: Tony

  • (6/16)  For Sale: 1950s Smith-Corona Super Silent Typewriter; in pristine
    condition. The keys, levers, and casing are in near mint shape. The case is also in excellent condition. Some of the keys stick, but it just needs a good cleaning. It was in good working condition when last used.   I am asking $150. I will gladly email pictures and answer any questions. Contact:  John

  • (5/26) For Sale: ď Remington Quiet-RiterĒ manual portable typewriter.  Light Brown with green keys.  Included is a very sturdy carrying case.  It is from about 1960, give or take a couple of years.  I used it to graduate college in 1972, and it has had little use since.  I just tried it out, and every key, lever, and knob still work as they used too.   The craftsmanship is amazing.  I can email a picture on request.  Iím asking $100.  If you live within 75 miles of Dallas, TX, Iíll deliver it for $10.  Elsewhere, Iíll add UPS charges.  Contact:

  • (05/26) For Sale: 1969 Royal 440 desktop typewriter. It could use some tinkering but it's one of Royal last gasps at the office marketplace, circa 1969-70. All the functions work great and it types really clearly when there is a fresh ribbon installed. The cover is entirely removable creating great access to the inside of the machine. It has a big carriage, which is a little noise when returning. But a great working machine overall. Looking for $75 plus actual shipping costs. Note: this is one heavy lady moving in on 40 lbs. Contact:

Typewriter Resources & Specialty Services:

  • (new!) Reproduction Decals: I have reproduction decals available for dozens of different typewriter brands, from the extremely rare (Brooks) and complicated (Sholes & Glidden) to the more common (Royal 10, Underwood 5). For a complete list see: For information at:
  • (new!) International Typewriter Collectors Convention 2014 now has a web siteLocated at:  Any comments will be welcome.

  • ETCetera, the quarterly newsletter for Early Typewriter Collectors is looking for new subscribers.   Anyone who has an interest in typewriter history would want this publication.  Visit: and subscribe today.

  • Nickel Plating:  I have been in the metal finishing business for 35 years.  We do both commercial and restoration.  Our primary finish is nickel plating both satin and bright along with the necessary polishing and buffing.  We can restore all typewriter hardware back to the original nickel finish.  Our standard lead time is 1-2 weeks.  UPS service daily.  Mark Goldreich, Rayco Metal Finishing, Inc., 134 Mill St. Middletown, CT   06457 Tel: 860-347-7434 or 860-997-3221 cell  Email:

  • Ingenious Yankees: The Rise of the American System of Manufactures in the Private Sector.  This book contains an exceptional chapter on typewriter manufacturing in the 19th century.  There are also chapters on axes, watches, and wooden movement clocks.  Now out in paperback for the first time, as a dissertation, this book won the 1985 Nevins Prize given annually by the Economic History Association.  $30.00 + $5.00 shipping & handling, $15.00 shipping and handling outside the USA.  Now accepting  Paypal.  Contact:

  • Hammond Ribbon Spools For Sale...a first class reproduction of the originals for early Hammond Typewriters. Contact: John Lewis Sr., Business Systems Sales and Service, 4805 Manual N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87110, Daytime Tel:505-884-0600. email:
  • Vintage typewriter ribbons are now available.   Spools & ribbons for many of the popular models from the 1890s onwards.  Contact: or visit  for more details.
  • Antique Typewriter Repairs:  For typewriter repair or complete restoration of your vintage typewriter, contact Tony at TTS Business Products in Garden City, NY, email: or visit  for more details. Tel: 516-489-8300. Read more about our service, as printed in a national publication, click here .
  • TYPEWRITER JEWELRY. Earrings $10/pr. Tie tacks/lapel pins $10 each postpaid worldwide. The "jewels" are genuine typewriter keys (specify character preference or we send randomly). Desk plates and office door signs up to17 characters and spaces, typewriter keys (random styles) on fine woods, $49.50. Charles Sough, 2517 Rugby Rd., Dayton, Ohio 45406 USA. E-mail:
  • RESTORATION: American Restoration on History needs you!  Do you have a unique, antique, or vintage item that you'd like restored and feature on History's New Hit Series, American Restoration? Are you a collector of antique or vintage memorabilia looking to restore an item of yours? Pawn Starís Restoration Expert, Rick Dale demonstrating his expertise on his own show for History, AMERICAN RESTORATION!
    If you have a unique, antique, or vintage item that you'd like restored and featured on American Restoration please email:

Vintage typewriter ribbons are now available at TTS Business Products


  • (01/09) Wanted: Chicago parts machine.  Looking for carriage parts or will purchase the entire machine (junker) to get the parts I need.  Contact: Tony
  • (01/09) Wanted: Model 10 or 11 Pittsburgh Typewriter to use for parts in a restoration. I am willing to pay a fair price for a machine regardless of its condition providing it has the parts that I need. Contact: Murray Segal 603 778 0653 or
  • (01/09) Wanted: Noiseless Typewriter Model 4 manufactured by the Noiseless Typewriter Company of Middletown, Connecticut. I would prefer a parts machine which I could use to help in the restoration of a Model 4 that I already own. Found!
  • (12/05) Wanted: I am looking for a "carriage return lever" for my Masspro portable typewriter S/N 3034, which is in a very good condition. Please send an email to if you can help me. Many thanks!
  • (06/15) Wanted: One ribbon cover (left) for a '41 line Remington Deluxe Noiseless Portable. Black/black only. Must be shipped to Singapore. Contact Premeeta at
  • (05/09) Wanted: Looking for a ribbon vibrator for a Royal flatbed manual typewriter.  Contact Jim at:
  •  (04/29) Wanted: I need a green space bar for a Hermes 2000
  •  (04/25) Wanted:I am looking for typewriters that type languages BESIDES Latin letter languages (English, French, German, Spanish, etc.); Cyrillic (Russian, Ukrainian, etc.); Greek, and Hebrew. Again, I want scripts OTHER than these. Examples: Hindi, Arabic, Burmese, Thai, Bengali, Tibetan, etc. Working or not, doesn't matter. Portable antiques preferred but all will be considered. If you have ANY Burmese or Tibetan machine, please contact me immediately. Also looking for Fraktur / "gothic" machines. Thank you. Contact:
  •  (3/23) Wanted: Are you a tradesman, collector, picker, restorer, vintage fanatic? If soÖ American Restoration wants you!  Seeking energetic tradesmen, collectors, and restorers for History Channels American Restoration to appear as guests. Must have an interest in all things antique, vintage, and fixing old gems. Must be Las Vegas Native and/or willing to travel to Las Vegas. Contact:
  • (3/23) Wanted : Smith-Corona Corsair Deluxe turquoise case top and the spool and ribbon for that model. Contact at if you have any information about either of these items.  
  • (3/17) Wanted: I badly need a cover that sits above the ribbon spools for my RC Allen Music Writer. Any cover that fits, regardless of color will do for. I'm hoping somebody will have one.  Contact:
  • (11/18) Wanted: Royal Empress typewriter.  Prefer Avocado Green but any color would be fine.  Please feel free to email me at:
  • (11/11) Wanted To Buy: Royal Model "0" parts. Up to 6 key return springs, and the top cover assembly that covers the ribbon spools. Contact: Bill Graham at

On Prices:

Prices for typewriters depend on many things, including (above all) rarity of the model, uniqueness of the mechanical design, condition of the machine, and personal predilections. Prices can vary a lot. Some years ago Paul Lippman wrote, "The value of a collectible typewriter is very subjective, differs from one part of the world to another, and changes constantly. No two collectors would agree on a specific value anyway. It still comes down to what a buyer is willing to pay and a seller is willing to accept."-- Paul Lippman, American Typewriters: A Collector's Encyclopedia. If you want to build a collection, I recommend buying the recent books by Darryl Rehr and Michael Adler.  Both include suggested values; they differ widely, and you should consider them to represent the upper (Adler) and lower (Rehr) extremes of the normal price range. For a discussion of the approximate value of some common makes of typewriters, see. Prices for most typewriters advertised on this site are normally negotiable, and do not include shipping.

On Condition:

The condition of a typewriter can affect its value significantly. You may want to use the following terms when describing the general condition of your machine, or at least keep the following features in mind.
  • Excellent = glossy paint, shiny nickel, no rust, no missing parts, types well.
  • Good = gently worn: minor nicks and scratches, minor flaws in nickel, no missing parts, minimal rust, capable or nearly capable of typing.
  • Fair = significant damage to appearance and/or mechanism, but restorable. Rust damage, missing paint or decals, mechanical problems.
  • Parts = not restorable; useful only for parts. A rust bucket.
For a form that will give you a much more complete way of describing the condition of a machine, visit this online typewriter rating page put together by several collectors.
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