Typewriter Rating Page


Just print this page and fill it in to rate just about any typewriter you may have. Circle the appropriate descriptions wherever possible and add your own when necessary.

 

Make & Model:_______________________________   Serial number:____________

Rated by:                                                                    Date:                                 
 

LETTERING AND DECALS:
Describe words and/or decorations on the machine,  where they appear and their color(s).

Wear:     no wear        light wear        heavy wear        nearly gone

PLATED AND BRIGHT METAL AREAS:
Wear:     no wear            little wear            much wear            mostly gone        nothing left
Peeling:  no peeling         little peeling         much peeling         mostly gone        nothing left
Rust:      no rust              little rust              much rust             mostly rusted      badly pitted

PAINT:
Color(s):
Finish:       smooth         glossy          crackle          other (specify)
Chips/scratches etc:     none         a few            many             littered with them
Wear:     no wear            little wear        much wear        mostly worn        none left
Rust: surface rust     none      very little          maybe 1/4 of the machine       maybe 1/2        more
          pitting rust       none      very little          maybe 1/4 of the machine       maybe 1/2        more

PLATEN AND OTHER ROLLERS:
Pliability: platen is hard or soft to the fingernail?
Cracks:         none          some          many         disintegrating
Other characteristics: flatspots     platen fused to feed rollers     any rollers missing      other (describe)

MECHANICS:
Keys:     work smoothly        sluggish/slow          stick at printing point            don't move
               List any keys that don't do anything:
Carriage:   moves w/each keystroke      sluggish       doesn't move      moves as though disconnected
Parts present:   ribbon      ink pad      ink roll      ribbon spools      spool covers      bell      paper rest
           Describe bent or broken parts:
           List any missing parts known:
           Describe loose or rattling parts:

COMPLETENESS:
Case:   none      wood/metal base       wood/metal lid       suitcase style case
            Describe any identifying features on the case like words, handles, cracks, dents, holes:

Accessories:   instructions    oil bottle    ink bottle    tool kit
                        other (list):
Reproduction parts: list any known non-original parts or parts that just don't look right: