AcmeTypeMachines

Acme Type Machines — Fine European Typewriters

Wassenaar, The Netherlands | 49 Sales

AcmeTypeMachines

Acme Type Machines — Fine European Typewriters

Wassenaar, The Netherlands 49 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars (13)

Announcement   We are back from East Africa! Take a look at the offerings we have now. We will be posting many more beautiful typewriters in the weeks to come. 2019 should be an exciting year. We have so many typewriters in the stockroom that are just waiting for our meticulous cleaning and servicing and adjusting. Keep an eye out for exciting new listings!

WHY BUY FROM US?
Acme Type Machines is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of fine (mainly) European vintage typewriters from the era of distinguished, modern typewriter design and manufacture: the 1930s through the early 1970s. We have a carefully earned reputation for beautiful machines, excellent conservation and restoration, attentive customer service and good after-sale care and advice.

Our gallery of typewriters has clients in the United States and Canada, Australia and China, Morocco and Brunei, Finland and Japan and many places in-between. Our clients include many important collectors of typewriters, screenwriters and novelists, European and American interior designers, film art and production design departments and the casual--but discriminating--individual.

The aesthetic that drives us at Acme Type Machines is that of the museum conservator: to preserve our "typewriter" cultural heritage in a way that retains the integrity of the original object, restoring its mechanical components to their original utility, conserving the original cosmetic condition, and taking account of any historical aspects of its use or ownership.

All of our typewriters, except in some very exceptional circumstances (carefully noted in the description), are ready to use in the same manner as when they were originally manufactured and purchased. Some of our clients are screenwriters and novelists, using our typewriters on a daily basis. Some are collectors, rarely using the machines to type, who appreciate the meticulousness with which our typewriters are conserved.

Typewriters from Acme Type Machines are not inexpensive. The number of mechanical tests and adjustments, the attention to the cleaning process, small repairs etc., require hours of time and careful and professional work.
We find our typewriter treasures throughout Europe and the process of acquiring these fine machines can require long and delicate negotiations. Protected shipment and transportation to our gallery and workroom adds expense, as well.

After a typewriter is sold to a client, it undergoes a final testing, cleaning and inspection. The typewriter is then carefully prepared with protection on the platen-knobs, between the ribbon-cover and the body, and on the carriage return lever and other vulnerable parts. The escapement is protected by immobilizing the carriage. The typewriter and case are wrapped in a layer of protective, strong bubble-wrap which is then placed in a carton box of double thick cardboard (carton). Shipment is made with padding--on six sides--of foam-rubber, fitted styrofoam and other protective materials.

Our goal is to provide a wonderful, working, vintage typewriter--usable, beautiful and aesthetically interesting--to your home or office, film studio or art department.

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 9, 2019

We are back from East Africa! Take a look at the offerings we have now. We will be posting many more beautiful typewriters in the weeks to come. 2019 should be an exciting year. We have so many typewriters in the stockroom that are just waiting for our meticulous cleaning and servicing and adjusting. Keep an eye out for exciting new listings!

WHY BUY FROM US?
Acme Type Machines is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of fine (mainly) European vintage typewriters from the era of distinguished, modern typewriter design and manufacture: the 1930s through the early 1970s. We have a carefully earned reputation for beautiful machines, excellent conservation and restoration, attentive customer service and good after-sale care and advice.

Our gallery of typewriters has clients in the United States and Canada, Australia and China, Morocco and Brunei, Finland and Japan and many places in-between. Our clients include many important collectors of typewriters, screenwriters and novelists, European and American interior designers, film art and production design departments and the casual--but discriminating--individual.

The aesthetic that drives us at Acme Type Machines is that of the museum conservator: to preserve our "typewriter" cultural heritage in a way that retains the integrity of the original object, restoring its mechanical components to their original utility, conserving the original cosmetic condition, and taking account of any historical aspects of its use or ownership.

All of our typewriters, except in some very exceptional circumstances (carefully noted in the description), are ready to use in the same manner as when they were originally manufactured and purchased. Some of our clients are screenwriters and novelists, using our typewriters on a daily basis. Some are collectors, rarely using the machines to type, who appreciate the meticulousness with which our typewriters are conserved.

Typewriters from Acme Type Machines are not inexpensive. The number of mechanical tests and adjustments, the attention to the cleaning process, small repairs etc., require hours of time and careful and professional work.
We find our typewriter treasures throughout Europe and the process of acquiring these fine machines can require long and delicate negotiations. Protected shipment and transportation to our gallery and workroom adds expense, as well.

After a typewriter is sold to a client, it undergoes a final testing, cleaning and inspection. The typewriter is then carefully prepared with protection on the platen-knobs, between the ribbon-cover and the body, and on the carriage return lever and other vulnerable parts. The escapement is protected by immobilizing the carriage. The typewriter and case are wrapped in a layer of protective, strong bubble-wrap which is then placed in a carton box of double thick cardboard (carton). Shipment is made with padding--on six sides--of foam-rubber, fitted styrofoam and other protective materials.

Our goal is to provide a wonderful, working, vintage typewriter--usable, beautiful and aesthetically interesting--to your home or office, film studio or art department.

Christopher Mullen

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Christopher Mullen

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We search the marketplaces of Europe for the finest examples of European typewriters from the 1940s to the 1960s. And, because I have African connections for decades, you'll see here some genuine art from west Africa.

We search the marketplaces of Europe for the finest examples of European typewriters from the 1940s to the 1960s (sometimes earlier or later for special machines). European typewriter manufacturing during this period was marked by a combination of excellent engineering and beautiful aesthetic considerations. They express a nearly perfect blend of functionality and beauty. The most popular European brands: Hermes, Olympia, Triumph, Olivetti, Erika, Voss, Alpina, Rheinmetall and others, are rightly honoured by typewriter collectors and users as some of the finest machines ever made. They are not cheap now, and were quite expensive to buy when new. Buying a high-quality typewriter now is a sound investment; the best brands in the best condition (which is what we strive to offer) will retain their value over time to other collectors and users.

TYPEWRITERS
I have been a typewriter collector for 30+ years and recently began selling typewriters from my collection and others that I have been able to find throughout Europe. Typewriters are sourced from markets, individuals and other collectors throughout the Netherlands, in France, in Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and elsewhere.
After acquisition, the typewriters are thoroughly tested, cleaned and serviced (usually only slight adjustments are necessary because we seek to buy only top-quality, good condition used typewriters). Then they are photographed and posted for sale. Every effort is made to ensure that the photographs are true to the colour of the typewriter and that they show any cosmetic or other defects.
We are careful to include, in the description, note of any defects to the condition or mechanical aspects of the typewriters.
After the sale, and prior to packing and shipping, all typewriters go through a final cleaning and check-out.
So when you buy from us, you can be assured that what you are receiving is what you expected.
We have a growing list of satisfied customers and are proud of the reputation that we have gained for quality European typewriters at a fair price.

AFRICAN ART, too!
Because I have collected African art and operated galleries in west Africa, and studied west Africa as a historian for decades, and lived there for many years, you will find here some wonderful examples of genuine, traditional art from western Africa.

SHIPPING
We have a lot of experience in shipping typewriters around the world and have an excellent track record for excellent packing (see reviews) and safe delivery.

RETURNS
In principle, we don't accept returns. But this does not mean that we abandon you after purchase. The reason for not accepting returns is largely due to the cost of shipping typewriters over long distances. If you have an issue with a typewriter--or anything else--that you have purchased from us, we work with you closely to rectify any slight problems that may have occurred during shipment. We also work with you to find creative solutions short of returning the item. Returns result in the buyer (and us) losing the cost of the shipment (usually 45€ to 95€) with nothing to show for the expense in return. So we will work with you in every way possible to make you satisfied with the item and, if it comes to that, we can consider to accept a return shipment if that is the only way to satisfy a client.

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