1932 Remington Noiseless Portable (Duo-Tone)
Up for sale is a very early and attractive Remington Noiseless which was made in 1932. This machine is in an extremely rare original duo-tone blue-green color. In my research on this machine, I was not able to find another example with this same color combination except for a Remington Portable Model 3. Most of these machines were only in black, and even then- the earlier variant of this model is rather uncommon- with plastic keytops and "Remington Noiseless Portable" labeled below the spacebar. The later Noiseless Portables only had a "Remington" label below the spacebar, and had glass-topped keys. This machine also has an extremely fancy "Deluxe" case, which is leather covered and has compartments inside the lid for stationary and other appropriate supplies. This machine would have cost $69.50, which comes to nearly $1400 in 2021 adjusted for inflation. Needless to say, this machine would not have been able to be afforded by many during when it was sold in the Great Depression.
This particular machine is in excellent shape overall, and is fully functional in all aspects. I would be surprised if you could find another blue duo-tone Remington Noiseless Portable in this good of condition. Cosmetically, this machine is nearly perfect, with just a few dings in the paint as pictured. The labels are all relatively crisp and in tact, including on the rear of the machine. The nickel plated parts are all extremely shiny, and this machine does not have any rust anywhere. The case is also in exceptional condition for its age, and fits tightly around the typewriter. The carriage must be locked in the neutral position and the carriage return lever folded down in order for the case to properly fit and latch, which was by design. The original leather handle is in tact and can be used, although I recommend being careful since it does have wear consistent with age.
If you have never written or heard a Remington Noiseless type, I would recommend watching the following video to get an idea of what these quiet machines sound like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wzp4OAjAtag
I would not recommend this for use as a workhorse, however this typewriter is still very much fully functional and can be used frequently and reliably to handle many writing tasks.
Universal ribbons can be used with this machine, however the core/center of the new spools must be punched out or removed in order to fit in this machine, which is by design to fit most Remington machines like this one.
The owner's manual for this machine can be found here: https://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/RemingtonNoiselessPortable.pdf
If you have the budget and are looking for a nearly one-of-a-kind collectible pre-war typewriter that can still be used frequently and reliably, then this is a really impressive choice that would make a centerpiece in any typewriter collection.