If you do nothing but study the images above and the short video of this classic machine provided below, you'll know more about this typewriter than you can learn from 99 percent of the listings here. And yet, I'll go on and on about this excellent 1954 Smith-Corona Silent. Properly set up and ready for use straight from its original carrying case, this typewriter has been cleaned, repaired and adjusted, lubricated where appropriate -- then checked and checked again. It's been fitted with a fresh ink ribbon, wound onto period-correct steel spools. Every feature of this typewriter now functions as it was intended to in the year of its manufacture -- every key, every linkage, every control.
Here, as promised, is a short clip of the Silent at work. 1954 Smith-Corona Silent typewriter demo. This machine is a typist's delight. The Smith-Corona keyboard touch is beloved among typewriter collectors and serious users -- it's quick and light, with a patented parallelogram design in the linkages which keeps every key flat through its stroke.
The SCM marketing people called this feature comfort touch. There were four models in the 5-Series lineup: from entry-level to premium, they were the Clipper, the Sterling, the Silent and the Silent-Super.
This machine's serial number dates it to the early months of 1954. The type pitch you see here is pica -- 10 characters to the inch, the larger of the two common typewriter print sizes.
For a sense of the cosmetic condition, please enlarge the photos. The green keys and carriage knobs present nicely against the freshly-scrubbed Sapphire Gray paint. There is wear to some of the corners but overall the finish is fine.
There's no corrosion anywhere in the works of this typewriter. During its time on my work table, this machine received an escapement rocker culled from a 1960s-vintage SCM Galaxie -- it's wonderful how once Smith-Corona had developed a good working part, they didn't change it without good reason. One of the many great things about these vintage portables is the way their carrying cases absorb the wear and tear while protecting the machines inside. This typewriter's tweed-covered case shows its 67 years with a fair amount of superficial wear, but is structurally solid and continues to do its job.Most important here, in my view, are the images depicting the impression this typewriter places on the page. If you seek a typewriter for use as well as for display, you need a specimen page to inform your shopping decision. Please do be in touch if you have any questions about the condition, use or care of this machine. The item "1954 Smith Corona Silent typewriter withcase, new ribbon an excellent machine" is in sale since Sunday, July 4, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Typewriters". The seller is "spanghew" and is located in Edgartown, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, Russian federation.