1899 Wellington No. 2
Up for sale is an absolutely awesome Wellington No. 2 which was made sometime around the turn of the century. The serial number is on the lower end of the range I have seen for the Wellington No. 2 at 6977, so it's probable that this machine was made sometime between 1898-1903 or so. Not many of these machines are around today, and if they are, it is extremely rare to find them in this good of shape. The Wellington was sold under this name in the United States, Empire in Canada, and Adler in Germany; all with a similar design with the thrust-type mechanism. This typewriter is fully functional, however I do not have the proper ribbon to replace the original, as it is much larger than the 1/2 inch standard ribbon. All of the other functions work perfectly, and even the platen is in remarkably good condition. The only notable thing is that the tin case lid is missing the decorative handle.
The paint is in amazing shape, with just some crackling on the top cover. There is also a sticker added from the original owner. The labels are in great shape. The nickel plated parts have a little evidence of age, but still shine extremely well considering this typewriter is probably close to 120 years old. The wood base is also in great shape.
As I have mentioned, this typewriter is mainly for collection/decorative purposes, however if a new ribbon is re-thread into the original spools, it could be theoretically used if you wish to type on this machine because everything else is fully functional.