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Old 03-21-2012, 03:40 AM   #1
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I was wondering if this was the appropriate place to discuss a typewriter that I have been offered to buy but I dont know what its worth in its current condition and I dont know if its even legitimate?

Can someone help with this? I have photos?

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Old 03-21-2012, 05:45 AM   #2
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I was wondering if this was the appropriate place to discuss a typewriter that I have been offered to buy but I dont know what its worth in its current condition and I dont know if its even legitimate?
Can someone help with this? I have photos?
Mathias
OLd mechanical typewriters are on offer regularly here, with prices equivalent to 1-200 dlrs, depending on condition.
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:34 AM   #3
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Can someone help with this? I have photos?

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Post some photos as typewriters are a real crap shoot. A lot depends on the condition. Often shipping is way more than the typewriter itself.

I paid $25 and $35 for the two of mine. Both required a good cleaning but were otherwise ok. If it has mechanical issues, you are better to pass on it unless it is for a museum display.

Beware of "SS" typewriters as there are people who will replace a regular key arm with a "SS" one. Then they want a stupid sum of money for them. Also people have been known to "de-natzify" a typewriter by grinding off the striker to imply it had an SS mark on it. Often these are not even military typewriters.

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Here are some photos
Old 03-22-2012, 03:19 AM   #4
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Here is the link to photos of this typewriter that is suppose to be an official WWII typewriter with the "SS" key. The bae of it is broken in the front. Seller wants $495 for it.

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Old 03-22-2012, 09:09 PM   #5
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just google SS typewriter - intact SS key doubles the value...
http://www.specialistauctions.com/au...writer_Pi.html
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I need someone to take a look at the photos in the link posted and tell me what you think if this is a real typewriter from the period or is this a fake?

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Old 03-23-2012, 08:33 AM   #7
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It helps if you remember to post the link.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/inmysco...7629640078805/

Can you get a picture of the "SS" striker back between the other arms? The 5 should be worn like the other numbers but the SS should show less wear. The striker arm should be the same patina as the rest of the arms.

These days I assume anything SS is a fake until a few experts say it is ok. Even then you can't be 100% sure.
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Thanks Spookydad
Old 03-24-2012, 05:40 AM   #8
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I wanna buy it. at $495 its a bargain if its real. The guys been real upfront about how certain things dont work on it and that there is a crack in the front frame piece that it sits on. He isnt really too good at taking photos, so Im lucky to get what I have. IS there a serial number on these any where? I have tried to do what I can researching these things but I can never get a straight answer
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:14 AM   #9
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Is he local to you? If you can see it in person, that would be best.

If not, I would get a 30 day return agreement with him where he pays the return shipping. If he is confident it is genuine, that should be no problem. If he gets squirrely, I would pass.

The serial number should be between 940000 and 955000 for 1941

Don't discount the amount the broken front frame will reduce the value of the typewriter. People want pristine condition to get top dollar.

For some reason when I cut and pasted the link from the PM you sent me, the link doesn't work. If I click on the link in the PM, it works fine. Try putting the address between [IMG] [/IMG] tags in your reply. You have to do that for each image that you want to display.
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:40 PM   #10
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The link doesn't work. With the damage you describe, I wouldn't consider $495 to be a bargain. Intact SS typewriters, not denazified, fully functional and in solid condition, have been selling for $400-$600. I have seen some with issues sell for quite a bit less. I bought the last two I saw on the E-Stand, a 1943 Olivetti office machine in great shape and a worn but solid Groma portable, these are really not very rare and I would say they are actually common.
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:00 PM   #11
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I figured out the link...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/inmysco...7629640078805/

Tough to say exactly what I am looking at with no overall front or overhead view of the machine. But I would say that the nasty looking frame damage hurts the value a lot. The serial number is shown in the pictures, the number dates this typewriter to 1938. I am quite confident it is an original typewriter with the SS key (these are not really SS typewriters but could have been sold to the civilian market, even). I collect typewriters from this period but would not pay even $400 for it with this condition issue. I would want to see more pictures before making any offer as I would be wary of other potential problems with this machine.
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I would pass on it at that price especially with the damage. If you want a military machine etc. wait for a 100% example with the issue wood box. They are out there.
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I added more photos of the typewriter
Old 03-28-2012, 02:53 AM   #13
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Exclamation I added more photos of the typewriter

Could everyone please take a look at the new photos that I had the seller send me of the typewriter. It looks great except for that one crack in the frame in the front. Has anyone seen a typewriter that is 100% original in this condition with the SS key in tact and not a add on??
Let me know what you guys think after reviewing the new photos.
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Sorry...heres the new link...
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:16 AM   #15
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The SS key is sitting lower than the other ones. The SS portion is not used as much as the rest of the characters but the "5" on the same striker is used more than most of the letter keys. So the wear on the action should be similar to the surrounding keys. This makes it suspect to me.

Keep in mind that the seller is not necessarily dishonest. Often these things, change hands multiple times and the current owner probably bought it in good faith.

I would pass on this one and wait for a more reasonably priced one. If you want to use it for reenacting and it is worth a couple of hundred extra to you personally to have it, go ahead and get it. Just expect it to be worth much less when you go to sell it later.

I don't know the percentages as a hard number but, not all Wehrmacht issue typewriters had the SS key. There are plenty of original examples of typewritten documents where the SS is typed out using 2 keystrokes.

Also I am not implying anything about your knowledge of the subject. In a forum like this, this thread will be read many times, often at a much later date. So having all the information laid out in postings helps readers down the road. I have learned quite a bit by reading full threads after a search on a particular term.
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