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  • Continental Vintage Portable Typewriter by Wanderer-Werkk in original Carry Case

    Full QWERTY Keyboard. Black/Red ribbon option.
    £37.00
    9 bids
    £37.80 postage
    Ending Today at 4:57PM BST6h 28mCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Smith Corona Typewriter Ribbon - Red/Black or Plain Black

    * High quality 10 Metres ribbon in Air Sealed packet *
    £3.99
    £2.49 postage
    20% off 2+
  • Brother Deluxe 220 Typewriter

    Brother Deluxe 220 Typewriter Sold As Seen! I don’t no much about typewriters so am Selling As Seen in Photos. If there are any details you want me to check before bidding please send me a message and I can find out for you. Seems all in Good Condition, Case is Slightly Broken as Shown But Otherwise All Working.
    £2.41
    4 bids
    £35.89 postage
    Ending Today at 4:47PM BST6h 17mCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Multiplex Hammond Folding, No top case

    HAMMOND FOLDING TYPEWRITER - Rare.
    £62.00
    5 bids
    £51.14 postage
    Ending 24 Oct at 4:11PM BST5d 5hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • 1959 Smith Corona Galaxie Typewriter in Hunter Red Working with Case

    Here we have a quite rare 1959 Smith Corona Galaxie Typewriter in Hunter Red.
    £0.99
    0 bids
    £45.32 postage
    Ending 27 Oct at 8:11PM BST8d 9h
    or Best Offer
    Brand: Smith CoronaCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • New listingUNDERWOOD CHAMPION VINTAGE TYPEWRITERS

    £0.99
    1 bid
    £45.32 postage
    Ending 25 Oct at 8:23PM BST6d 9hBrand: UnderwoodMaterial: SteelCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • VINTAGE PLOVDIV TYPEWRITER

    FOR SALE IS A UNUSUAL OLD TYPEWRITER WHICH HAS BEEN IN THE FAMILY FOR DONKEYS YEARS ! MADE IN BULGARIA.
    £5.50
    2 bids
    £38.38 postage
    Ending 22 Oct at 12:39PM BST3d 2hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Olivetti Lettera 32 Portable Typewriter

    £15.00
    0 bids
    £35.51 postage
    Ending 24 Oct at 8:59PM BST5d 10h
    or Best Offer
    Brand: OlivettiCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • 1953 Vintage Imperial 65 Typewriter With Case

    £5.00
    0 bids
    £38.32 postage
    Ending 25 Oct at 9:25AM BST5d 22hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Vintage Olympia Portable Typewriter

    100% of the profit from each sale goes to Break Charity. Break are a charity dedicated to providing quality services to children, adults and families with a range of specialist care needs.
    £15.00
    0 bids
    £50.32 postage
    Ending 23 Oct at 2:47PM BST4d 4hBrand: OlympiaMaterial: SteelCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Vintage Olympia Splendid 66 Typewriter With original case

    Olympia Splendid 66 in original tan case. New unopened ribbon and original manual/instructions included.
    £13.00
    5 bids
    £37.98 postage
    Ending Saturday at 3:08PM BST1d 4hBrand: OlympiaCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Olympia Typewriter Splendid 66, Repair or Spares. Rare Red Magenta Keys

    Olympia Splendid 66 typewriter with magenta keys. for spares or repair only. The keys do not stick. The machine is clearly in poor shape, but we can't let it go for scrap. The low price reflects the need to keep this piece of history in circulation for as long as possible.
    £3.20
    3 bids
    £35.90 postage
    Ending Saturday at 2:39PM BST1d 4hBrand: OlympiaCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Vintage 1960's Adler "Tippa" Portable Typewriter in Hard Case

    A couple of the keys seem to be sticking too.
    £9.99
    1 bid
    £35.43 postage
    Ending 23 Oct at 1:43PM BST4d 3hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • New listingErika Naumann Portable Typewriter

    This is an Erika Neumann portable typewriter from the 1930’s I have never used it but had it as a talking piece in my office Great patina Note: the typewriter ribbon box is empty Will send UK mainland tracked insured courier £10.00 Will send worldwide Or can be collected
    £25.00
    0 bids
    £40.64 postage
    Ending 28 Oct at 3:45PM GMT9d 6hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • OLYMPIA Carina 2 Original Vintage Portable Typewriter Carry Case Tested Working

    In A Sturdy Carry Case. The case is also in super condition.
    £16.00
    4 bids
    £39.51 postage
    Ending Sunday at 8:16PM BST2d 9hBrand: OlympiaCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Really Nice 1924 Corona Folding Typewriter Model No3 with Case VGC

    1924 Corona No3 folding typewriter in nice condition, the paint is quite fresh with most of the signage as it originally would have been.
    £75.00
    0 bids
    £43.31 postage
    Ending Today at 9:03PM BST10h 34mBrand: Smith CoronaCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • 1952 Olivetti M44 Cast Iron Typewriter

    1952 Olivetti M44 Cast Iron Typewriter   In very good condition considering it’s age. Keys tested and all appear to work.
    £19.99
    1 bid
    £41.07 postage
    Ending Sunday at 7:30PM BST2d 9hBrand: OlivettiCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • portable typewriter, Olivetti, Lettera 32

    Olivetti, Lettera 32, Typewriter. In very good condition and in perfect working order.
    £10.50
    5 bids
    £37.45 postage
    Ending Sunday at 2:24PM BST2d 3hBrand: OlivettiMaterial: SteelCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Silver Reed Silverette Typewriter Fully Working

    Vintage silver reed silverette typewriter Fully working order Collection preferred - cash on collection Will post but it is heavy
    £7.88
    1 bid
    £37.80 postage
    Ending Sunday at 1:46PM BST2d 3hMaterial: SilverCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • vintage smith corona typewriter

    A vintage typewriter in very good condition and working order May need a new ribbon
    £18.00
    4 bids
    £37.44 postage
    Ending Saturday at 5:10PM BST1d 6hBrand: Smith CoronaCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Vintage Barlock typewriter

    £20.00
    0 bids
    £25.00 postage
    Ending Saturday at 12:10AM BST13h 41m
  • New listingBROTHER AX425 ELECTRIC TYPEWRITER

    THE TYPEWRITER WAS DONATED TO BE SOLD FOR CHARITY, I WAS ASSURED IT IS IN PERFECT WORKING ORDER, I TRIED IT AND IT SEEMS TO BE OK. OTHER THAN THAT I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT IT.
    £15.00
    1 bid
    £38.01 postage
    Ending 25 Oct at 8:18PM BST6d 9hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • New listingVintage Olivetti Lettera 32 Typewriter Portable Mechanical Collectible 1960’s

    Superb vintage collectible Olivetti Lettera 32 typewriter. Item is sold as seen. Very clean and in excellent condition given its age. May need new ribbon given its age and the fact it has not been used recently. Comes with original case, dust sheet, cleaning brushes and original manual. Case has some age related marks but no rips or tears and zip works perfect.
    £49.99
    Brand: Olivetti
    £29.99 postage
    or Best Offer
  • New listingVintage 1950's Remington Rand Quiet Riter Miracle Tab Typewriter WORKS!

    Also handle snapped on case, see photos. Includes original case as shown in photos. after handling. We take our reputation seriously.
    £24.99
    0 bids
    £79.99 postage
    Ending 25 Oct at 9:36PM BST6d 11hBrand: Remington
  • Antique Mignon Typewriter for Restoration

    This Mignon Typewriter is in 'as found' barn fresh condition. It appears that all the parts are basically there and untouched except the connection bar to the pointer is broken. Because of international rules now I am unable to send batteries overseas.
    £45.00
    0 bids
    £40.41 postage
    Ending Sunday at 7:39PM BST2d 9hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Smith Corona De Luxe Portable Typewriter with Manual and Hard Case UNTESTED

    Very good condition with hard case lid -untested.
    £15.00
    0 bids
    £37.51 postage
    Ending Saturday at 9:23AM BST22h 54m
    or Best Offer
    Brand: Smith CoronaCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Vintage Royal Portable Typwriter Prop

    GRAB A BARGAIN.
    £10.00
    0 bids
    £37.43 postage
    Ending 23 Oct at 12:13PM BST4d 1hBrand: OlympiaCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • New listingimperial good companion 4 type writer in hard casing #361

    Make a difference. We aim to improve the lives of every vulnerable child and young person in the UK. At Barnardo’s we believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through.
    £9.99
    0 bids
    £33.43 postage
    Ending 25 Oct at 9:02PM BST6d 10hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • New listingVintage Underwood Standard No 5 Typewriter 1920s Amazing Original Example

    Cheap starting price.
    £60.00
    0 bids
    £50.00 postage
    Ending Sunday at 6:45PM BST2d 8h
    or Best Offer
    Brand: Underwood
  • Vintage Bar-Lock 22 Typewriter Nottingham England 1951 Very Rare

    Made in Nottingham England. This typewriter is a front strike machine,with type bars in horizontal semi circular basket.The platen on this machine is extra wide to accommodate wide sheets of paper. The keys all seem to move freely as does the levers and platen.
    £28.99
    0 bids
    £45.69 postage
    Ending 23 Oct at 8:39PM BST4d 10h
    or Best Offer
    Customs services and international tracking provided
  • vintage typewriter by olympia

    £5.00
    0 bids
    £36.36 postage
    Ending 24 Oct at 8:17PM BST5d 9hBrand: OlympiaCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • A DIANA ROYAL PORTABLE TYPEWRITER AND CASE

    As seen in photographs Zip works but come away from stitching however can still be carried Paypal only
    £29.99
    0 bids
    £38.70 postage
    Ending Saturday at 8:32AM BST22h 3m
    or Best Offer
    Brand: RoyalCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Vintage 1930's Olympia Mod 8 Typewriter-Project, Spares & Repairs Display Item

    See pictures for condition detail.
    £12.50
    4 bids
    £45.46 postage
    Ending Sunday at 8:08PM BST2d 9hBrand: OlympiaCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • VINTAGE MATRIX Model G 556 Braille Machine Royal Institute For Blind London

    VINTAGE MATRIX Model G 556 Typewriter Royal Institute For Blind London the keys press and work the paper turns on the wheels and produce Braille dots on the paper roll. coventry gauge and tool company ltd. Please view images for full description of item
    £20.00
    0 bids
    £40.52 postage
    Ending 24 Oct at 5:05PM BST5d 6hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • 1 x 'SILVER REED SILVERETTE' *BLACK* TOP QUALITY *10 METRE* TYPEWRITER RIBBON

    1 x SILVER REED SILVERETTE BLACK Typewriter Ribbon TWIN SPOOL WITH EYELETS . This ribbon will fit a 'Silver Reed 'Silverette' typewriter. Typewriter Engineer Approved Ribbons. I was a typewriter engineer for 35 years, originally trained by British Olivetti and then owned.
    £3.75
    Top Rated Plus
    £3.55 postage
    Material: Silver
    590 sold
  • Underwood Standard Typewriter NOT WORKING #118

    QUICK LINKS. •Inspire our people and partners to unite behind our purpose. •Fight to change policy, practice and public opinion. Our mission. Our purpose is to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.
    £9.99
    1 bid
    £40.43 postage
    Ending 22 Oct at 9:02PM BST3d 10hBrand: UnderwoodCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • New listingVintage SMITH-CORONA "Courier" PORTABLE MANUAL TYPEWRITER WITH CARRY CASE

    This typewriter has had very little use. It is in very good condition, although it needs a new ribbon. Cash on collection would be ideal.
    £0.99
    0 bids
    £37.21 postage
    Ending 25 Oct at 12:57PM BST6d 2hBrand: Smith CoronaCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • VINTAGE OLYMPIA TYPEWRITER MADE IN WEST GERMANY

    A LOVELY OLD TYPEWRITER.
    £19.99
    0 bids
    £39.56 postage
    Ending Sunday at 12:19PM BST2d 1hBrand: OlympiaCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Smith Corona XL1500 electric daisy wheel typewriter ##??242JM

    Item Specifics lightweight portable.
    £10.50
    9 bids
    £33.95 postage
    Ending Saturday at 10:45AM BST1dBrand: Smith CoronaCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • SMITH CORONA CALYPSO *BLACK/RED* QUALITY TYPEWRITER RIBBON *REWIND+INSTRUCTIONS*

    Typewriter Engineer Approved Ribbons. I have over 40 years experience as a typewriter engineer, originally. The ribbon has eyelets which enable the ribbon reverse to operate correctly. I have supplied ribbons, repaired, serviced and maintained typewriters for.
    £3.75
    Top Rated Plus
    £3.55 postage
    Brand: Smith Corona
    108 sold
  • Vintage Royal Typewriter 1955 Portable Used Magic Margin

    In working order - Vintage Royal Typewriter, Magic Margin. Few scratches but otherwise in excellent condition
    £10.00
    0 bids
    £35.49 postage
    Ending 24 Oct at 3:07PM BST5d 4h
    or Best Offer
    Brand: RoyalCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Vintage rEMINGTON Portable Typwriter Prop

    GRAB A BARGAIN.
    £10.00
    0 bids
    £37.43 postage
    Ending 23 Oct at 12:13PM BST4d 1hBrand: OlympiaCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Vintage Olympia typewriter

    £20.00
    0 bids
    £25.00 postage
    Ending Saturday at 12:21AM BST13h 52mBrand: Olympia
  • Very Rare Vintage Modern Underwood 112 Manual Typewriter & Case Spares Or Repair

    This is a rare vintage Underwood typewriter. Model 112, spares or repair as the space bar is sticking. Made in Spain. Comes with original black case. Needs a new ribbon.  36 X 32 X 11 cm case measurement.
    £8.60
    0 bids
    £36.41 postage
    Ending Sunday at 7:39PM BST2d 9h
    or Best Offer
    Brand: UnderwoodCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • 1 x OLIVETTI LETTERA 32 *BLACK/RED* TOP QUALITY *10M* TYPEWRITER RIBBON

    1 x OLIVETTI LETTERA 32 RED/BLACK Typewriter Ribbon TWIN SPOOL WITH EYELETS . This ribbon will fit an 'Olivetti Lettera 32' typewriter which requires a ribbon with. I was a typewriter engineer for 35 years, originally trained by British Olivetti and then owned.
    £3.75
    Top Rated Plus
    £3.55 postage
    Brand: Olivetti
    442 sold
  • Bar - Lock vintage portable typewriter

    Bar Lock vintage portable typewriter. Chrome & glass keys.
    £43.00
    9 bids
    £40.67 postage
    Ending Saturday at 1:10PM BST1d 2hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Typewriter - Remington Envoy portable

    Remington Envoy used portable typewriter. needs new ribbon.
    £18.00
    1 bid
    £40.55 postage
    Ending Today at 7:35PM BST9h 6mBrand: RemingtonCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • New listingMANUAL TYPEWRITER SPOOLS ( spares )

    Spares might do someone with a manual 1 spools has plastic wrapped around it but over the year it may have dryed out ? These were found in my mum's drawer
    £0.99
    0 bids
    £33.77 postage
    Ending 29 Oct at 9:09AM GMT9d 23hCustoms services and international tracking provided

Vintage Typewriters

In today's digital age of smartphones and tablets, there is a growing interest in re-discovering vintage typewriters, the word processors of the past.

With celebrities such as actor Tom Hanks among their fans, antique typewriters have become highly collectable, with fans on the lookout for popular makes from different eras, as well as that rarity which might have been used by a well-known songwriter or famed novelist.

The first commercially successful typewriter was invented by American Charles Latham Sholes in 1868 and manufactured by Remington in 1873.

A collector might choose a typewriter for its historic interest or retro appeal, because they are interested in restoring it to full working condition, or are an expert or enthusiastic typist interested in trying their hand at a typewriter for the first time. Best-selling makes of typewriter in the 20th century included Smith-Corona, Remington, Underwood, and Olivetti.

Typewriters made before the 1930s were clunky and plain in appearance, were made to be durable and were often painted with black enamel paint. If this is your era of interest watch out for brand names such as Remington, Bickensderfer and Underwood.

Models began to become sleeker in appearance and brands such as Olivetti produced the retro style models often associated with films from the 1950s and 1960s. These can be quite easy to find and are often popular with writers as well as collectors.

Typewriters will require compatible ink ribbons in order to work. Fortunately, due to their recent increase in popularity, many companies have started producing them again. However, if you are purchasing for ornamental purposes or to add to a collection, you needn't worry. A retro typewriter has become a staple decoration in many quirky boutique stores and cafes.

If you yearn for the satisfying click-clack of the keys and the ring as the carriage moves back and forth then other vintage brands to consider include IBM, Imperial, Olympia, Brother, and Royal all of which were successful producers of typewriters in the 20th century.

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