Rare Crandall Typewriter Vintage Antique For SaleI'm selling this for a friend. I don't know much about typewriters, so I don't know if I can answer your questions....but I'll try.It has really fancy artwork on it, with an iridescent, mother-of-pearl kind of shimmer.All we know is that these are not ordinary typewriters, artistically or technology-wise.Check out the letter-thingy!!! It's a cylinder with letters all around it.Again, I'm no expert, but there doesn't seem to be anything missing.It just looks COOL, and a little worn...like most antiques.Happy offerding!On Apr-14-13 at 17:22:37 PDT, seller added the following information:
The S/N is 5698 (If it's the number that is screwed on, in the front, under the middle keys.)On Apr-16-13 at 18:06:47 PDT, seller added the following information:
UPDATE: Apparently Oscar Kastet (of Rothsay Mn?) owned this typewriter...at least that's what is written on the bottom of the case.
I'm a curious guy, so after I posted this sale for a friend last Sunday,I surfed the internet looking at other Crandall typewriters.To be blunt, some people paid thousands of dollars for some awfully rusty, chipped-up, scuffed-up, crappy-condition typewriters.(Look very closely at the photos on the typewriter websites. Some of the "great condition" ones have rust on the frame, the ribbon-wheels, etc...)
Ours looks BRAND NEW compared to 95% of the other Crandall typewriters. We only lightly-dusted ours, since we didn't want to damage the fancy paint / inlay.Whoever buys this one can clean and polish it until it looks like it should!It's a shame that more of these beautiful typewriters aren't around, because they really are well-constructed machines.You can tell they were made with pride.
Here's some other interesting information I found today........
First, we do not have to guess. is a wonderful source. Look up past
sales. There are other sites (for examplke, Price Point) that are not free,
but they can tell you values Crandalls have sold at sales for a price. Also,
check the prices that the Breker sales have sold Crandalls for during the
last five years. Secondly, condition, condition , condition of both the
aesthetics and the mechanical parts. Rust is a fairly minor problem compared to
the condition of the mother-of-pearl decorations. And there is the mechanical
condition to consider. The horizontal arc that controls the typewheel shaft is
made of some sort of non-metallic material and is often broken. And even when
all parts are complete and fine, it may not work. That said, the general
pattern, which will never be precise, is this:
$ 1000-2000 for a basic non-restore-able(or not worth restoring) parts machine
that has parts you need.
$ 3000 for a mess that might be restore-able cosmetically but will probably never
$ 4000 for a conservable Crandall that can definitely be made to work. It
includes some significant cosmetic restoration required, or, if not done, will
hold down the future value.
$ 5000 for a nice machine with fairly good mother of pearl that has a bit of
"surface rust" here and there and either works or can be easily made to work
(often hard to judge). This is pretty much the one you asked about.
$ 6000 for a nice machine that is clean and works but is not beautiful.
$ 7000-$ 10,000 for really fine, beautiful Crandall that looks great and works
great. On these, the mother-of pearl flowers and other forms (including on the
back of the base) have bright colors, the pin-stripping is complete, etc.
On all, add $ 300- $ 600 for a baseboard and case and more if it has any
original documentation with it. Also, provenance / history matters--add
something if the original owner is known, more if she or he historically
important and if what the owner used it for is known.
If you win this item, pleaseDO NOT pay me until
we have accurately calculated the true shipping costs....
or have made arrangements for a pick-up in Minnesota.I'm sorry for this inconvenience, but I did not anticipate buyersfrom around the globe.I will send the winner a completed invoice, once the shipping andinsurance issues have been addressed.Thank you very much! :)
On Apr-18-13 at 13:15:40 PDT, seller added the following information:
For shipping calculations:This Crandall weighs approximately 25 pounds.But we don't want it damaged,so we plan to build a special crate for it.(If the buyer does not pick it up in Minnesota.)******The crate will add more weigh/cost to the shipping.*******On Apr-20-13 at 11:10:16 PDT, seller added the following information:On Apr-20-13 at 11:16:53 PDT, seller added the following information:
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