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1904 Densmore 5 Serial # 1162 1904 Densmore 5 typewriter, Serial # 1162 James Gifford's 1904 Densmore 5 typewriter. 2018-12-17 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford: 1904 Densmore 5 Serial # 1162 I was shocked to find this example of The Densmore No. 5 sitting on a dusty shelf deep in the country in Ontario, where it has probably sat for years. I don't know too much about this model and have some reading to do, and, I hope, some gentle restoration. It's just beautiful, despite some faded paint and pitting and rust, but the carriage moves freely and all the keys type. The ribbon is about two inches wide and quote worn out, so that will take some doing to source. I'm pretty excited, though. I don't think I've seen one of these before. I'm guessing at the 1904 year of manufacture based on the database range, though the s/n 1162 is much smaller than the approximation in the db, unless I'm reading it wrong. More and better photos to come after a good cleaning (and a better camera).

1904 Densmore 5 #1162

Status: My Collection
Created: 12-17-2018 at 02:42PM
Last Edit: 12-17-2018 at 02:42PM


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I was shocked to find this example of The Densmore No. 5 sitting on a dusty shelf deep in the country in Ontario, where it has probably sat for years. I don't know too much about this model and have some reading to do, and, I hope, some gentle restoration. It's just beautiful, despite some faded paint and pitting and rust, but the carriage moves freely and all the keys type. The ribbon is about two inches wide and quote worn out, so that will take some doing to source. I'm pretty excited, though. I don't think I've seen one of these before. I'm guessing at the 1904 year of manufacture based on the database range, though the s/n 1162 is much smaller than the approximation in the db, unless I'm reading it wrong. More and better photos to come after a good cleaning (and a better camera).

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I am a writer and book editor as well as a collector of typewriters. It started with an Hermes 3000 desktop, which I stupidly sold last year, but now another sits on my desk for typing envelopes with a beautiful sans serif typeface. I type every day on different machines in my collection, which stands at about 60 at the moment. Favourites include my two 3000s, a 1930s Smith-Corona Silent, the Olivetti Studio 44 (red case), and a crinkle, chrome-encircled Royal Quiet Deluxe. I have also been finding very inexpensive Royal 10s of late; I currently own three, two from the 1910s and the other a later model, and another (1931) I sold to a friend at cost for his son, who appreciates vintage things. I am always on the lookout for new and interesting machines and often trade or sell to try new models. Living and working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.



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