Reconditioned Oliver Typewriter No. 5 "Batwing" - Working Oliver No. 5 Typewriter - Good Condition - Beautiful Antique Typewriter

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Reconditioned Oliver Typewriter No. 5 "Batwing" - Working Oliver No. 5 Typewriter - Good Condition - Beautiful Antique Typewriter

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$850.00

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Item details

Vintage from the 1910s

Materials

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This is an Oliver # 5 antique typewriter originally made in 1912.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.

**COSMETIC CONDITION**
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.

**MECHANICAL CONDITION**
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.

**RECOMMENDED BUYER**
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

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

**COSMETIC CONDITION**
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.

**MECHANICAL CONDITION**
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.

**RECOMMENDED BUYER**
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

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

Shipping & returns

Ready to ship in 3–5 business days
From United States
Returns and exchanges accepted
Exceptions may apply. See return policy

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars (172)

Returns & exchanges

I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations

Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 2 days of purchase

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)

Returns and exchange details

I sell vintage and antique typewriters that are no longer made, some of which are 100 years old or more. As much as I'd love to be able to tell you that they will always be problem-free and last forever, I can't, because they won't.

Older machines can develop problems without notice, even if they're properly maintained and loved. I promise to accurately describe, photograph, or video any typewriter I sell. If you want additional photos or have questions about anything, all you have to do is ask. You can also inspect the machines in person if you are in the Kansas City area.

So, to make a long story short, I will accept most returns, but I do ask that you pay for return shipping. If your typewriter does not work as it should upon arrival, I'll accept a return unless it was sold as a display model. Also, if you do experience a problem, many times there is a simple repair that will solve it. I can often walk you through the repair so you don't have to send the typewriter back.

Questions about your order?

Please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Shipping policies

Unless otherwise agreed to or specified, I'll ship all typewriters via USPS, FedEx, or UPS at my discretion. I will use the method that is most economical for my buyers, and will ship to anywhere in the continental United States.

If you are located outside of the United States, please contact me before making a purchase. I can usually arrange shipping, but I don't want to make any promises I cannot keep.

As far as packaging goes, shipping typewriters is notoriously problematic for some people. Typewriters have heavy moving parts (the carriages) that can be easily damaged if not properly secured. I lock the carriages on all shipped typewriters if they have that feature, but I may also secure them with additional safety measures. I use a variety of techniques to make sure your machine gets to you in exactly the same condition it was in when I boxed it up.

Please be advised that some typewriters are very heavy, and can weigh 40 pounds or more. These heavier machines naturally have higher shipping costs associated with them.

Payments

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
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I accept credit cards, PayPal, or Etsy gift cards. If you absolutely must have a machine and cannot pay me with either of these methods, please contact me so we can try to work out a solution. I know how strong the pull of a vintage manual typewriter can be, and I'll do my best to make sure I get your baby to you.

Additional policies

A lot of vintage stuff, especially typewriters, is beautiful and awesome. But I suppose you already knew that.

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