We are a family business, specialising in manual typewriters. The venture began around five years ago, when our interest in antique, mechanical items sparked.
We proud ourselves on providing quality typewriters in working order, that are ready to go straight out of the box. We find it rewarding to finally service a typewriter after hours of cleaning, oiling and fixing.
We have dealt with many European manufactured typewriters such as Adler, Imperial, Olympia and Olivetti and others. As well as some American and Japanese constructed machines like Remington, Underwood, Royal, Brother and Silver-Reed and others.
We also have working relationships with other suppliers, masters and typewriter enthusiasts in the UK, who have varying experience and niches.
The individuals who buy from us or use our service come from a wide range of professional fields like art, marketing, design, financial services, law, education, not-for-profit organisations and others.
Your typewriters seem more expensive than the same models on other online shops. How do you justify that?
All typewriters that have been listed for sale have been cleaned, oiled and tested. Such thoroughness is not carried out from other sellers. This fully eliminates the possibility of you buying a faulty or semi-functional machine.
Further, all typewriters have a new ribbon installed so you don’t need to do anything additional after you ordered a typewriter.
Are all typewriters for sale in working condition?
Yes, all typewriters for sale have been tested and are in working condition. Any defects would be pointed out in the description.
Due to the vintage nature of typewriters, almost all typewriters have minor signs of age and use.
Where are you based? Can I pick up the typewriter?
We are based in West London and primarily deal through our website. We do not have a physical shop but you are welcome to collect the machine at a mutually convenient time.
Does London Typewriters ship typewriters?
Yes! We ship typewriters to all locations in the UK, most countries in the EU and North America. All deliveries are safely packaged, tracked and insured.
Special deliveries to Asia & Oceania and other regions can be arranged. Feel free to reach out.
How accessible are the typewriter ribbons?
In most cases, additional ribbons can be purchased through the store and other ecommerce sites. In a minority of cases, a special dimension of the ribbon would be required, which we can accommodate.
Do you buy typewriters?
Depending on our inventory level, we rarely accept offers from prospective sellers. This is mainly because we would need to inspect it in person before we consider purchasing a typewriter and/or the asking price doesn’t give us enough margin.
Do you service typewriters?
Yes, we can repair, clean, oil and install a new ribbon. The usual cost for a portable is £40 and for stationary typewriters is £70. We cannot 100% guarantee that we will be able to fix all of the issues and in such cases, you will be swiftly notified.