Antique Typewriter, Oliver No. 5, restored

Antique Typewriter, Oliver No. 5, restored



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Vintage from the 1910s


iron, plastic, rubber, chrome, tin, wood


This is an Oliver # 5 antique typewriter originally made in 1912. It has been restored and is in working condition.

The Oliver series of typewriters are some of the most recognizable antique typing machines ever made. First made in 1896, they featured distinctive vertical, u-shaped type-bars that almost look like wings. Since the bars acquired a black patina after a while, the black wings lead to the Oliver's "batwing" nickname.

As with all my typewriters I have cleaned, lubricated, polished, and adjusted this Oliver 5, and it is ready to use.

Cosmetically, this Oliver No. 5 is in good condition. There are some paint-worn areas, oxidation, as well as some pitting and missing parts in the chrome accents. This aging has given the Oliver a strong patina, making it look decidedly old but well kept. Overall, this is a beautiful antique machine.

Mechanically, this Oliver batwing typewriter is in very good shape. Everything works just like it should, and it is ready to use as soon as you get it home. Typing with this machine is a truly unique experience, as the keys strike down against the platen from the left or right side.

The platen on this machine has hardened with age, and will leave indentations and cutouts in the page when you type.

The machine was in very bad shape when I found it. I've done a lot of work reconditioning it and replacing some worn out parts with parts from a donor machine. Olivers aren't the easiest machines to use, but this example is mechanically sound once again, though it does show its age.

I believe this machine would be ideal for a collector, a typing enthusiast who wants a unique experience, or a decorator who needs a standout antique piece for to serve as a focal point in any area.

This Oliver is one my favorite typewriters, and I'm always sad to see them go. There is something so unique about how it looks and how it types that it's hard to describe the experience. Everyone who sees it is immediately drawn to it, and everyone who uses does't want to stop. It's wonderful.

Thank you for looking, and feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

- Mark

Oliver No. 5
#215784, Made 1912
Green with Chrome Accents
Manufactured 1914
Working Condition
New Ribbon
Original Ribbon Covers
Reproduction Instruction Manual


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274 shop reviews 5 out of 5 stars


Reviewed by Inactive Aug 16, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Arrived faster than predicted and my Olympia SM7 no longer dances all over the table top! And so much quieter now, too!

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Will Mar 18, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

A wonderful, sleek machine. Exactly what I was hoping for and more. The feel of the return when you type out a line, hear the 'ding' and slide the carriage back to position one is indescribable. A work of art.

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muchloveria Jan 12, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

It is amazing! It's a perfect fit and very durable. My typewriter is stuck in place perfectly and no more wandering around the desk! Worth the price in everyway. He also included a free ribbon of ink, which just made the experience all the more worth while; customer service in general was amazing as well. Every message I sent was promptly replied to, and that's something rare these days. I definitely suggest getting this pad, it's better quality than all the other ones on the market and you get great customer service.

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Laurie Arends Jan 28, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

My typewriter - I named him Don Draper - is happy in his new home. It arrived meticulously packaged, with photocopied pages of the original owners manual and custom maintenance and care, along with a personalized note from Mark and his offer of help at any time! Wonderful shop! (The space bar does stick, but since I have Mark’s info I’ll contact him if unable to fix on our own. Not worried! :-)

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