Antique and vintage Underwood No. 5 typewriters

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2015-06-26 11:15:02

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Antique and vintage Underwood No. 5 typewriters are collectible items of typewriter.

Items produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.

“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.

Underwood Typewriter Company

The company was founded in New York City in 1895.

Franz X. Wagner created the first Underwood typewriter for entrepreneur John Thomas Underwood, who founded the Underwood Typewriter Company on the back of Wagner’s designs.

The company produced the Underwood No.1 and Underwood No.2 between 1896 and 1900.

The firm merged with Olivetti in 1963 and the Underwood name quickly disappeared from the company’s typewriters, last appearing in Spain in the mid-1980’s.

Antique and vintage Underwood No. 5 typewriters

The Underwood No. 5 was originally produced in large numbers from 1900 to 1931 or 1932.

It was the typewriter of choice for many businesses and individuals.

It featured 84 characters.

Buyers should be aware that the “No.5” name was given to a series of later models that were similar to the original but featured modernised specifications.

These examples are significantly less valuable than originals.

How much are antique and vintage Underwood No. 5 typewriters worth?

Good condition original Underwood No. 5 typewriters have sold for around $380 on internet sites such as eBay in the past.

Poor condition examples can be found for around $50.

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