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Typewriter Serial Number Database
WOW. Who comes up with this stuff?

The “Database” is probably the biggest source of typewriter serial numbers in the Internet today. As far as I know, it’s even the most complete collection of serial numbers ever. But when you see the number of given brand names, it’s still only a beginning.

This side was created for collectors of antique typewriters, with the help of many old documents and other collectors. Its primary task is to help collectors, to date their typewriters, by the serial numbers of the machines. The data in the database is pretty reliable, since listings of different sources were compared and evaluated, but please don’t hold me responsible for any mistakes in old listings. For some of the brands, there are no serial numbers available yet and I try to help with some information about the years of production in these cases. Step by step, I’ll add data, which was researched by other collectors or by myself. In my opinion, it’s very important to focus this information in the database, even when it might be fragmentary sometimes. This data will appear in green colour – green stands for the hope :-)



  1. paula says:

    I look in the database and found serial close to the one I am looking but not the exact number. I have a Smith Corona Sterling portable manual serial number 5A3822319. If it is between two numbers and years, can I assume it was made between 1953 and 1954 where serial number 5A371577 and 5A450886 are?
    Thanks for your help

  2. Verl Myers says:

    I have a Royal Quite DeLuxe, and I couldn`t find the serial number listed, it is: G3705718, could you tell me what year it was made? Thank You

  3. Ryan Thompson says:

    A few months ago I was surfing the web and saw a collage photo of a series of portable typewriters and arrows pointing to where on them you locate their serial number. I wanted to find that picture again but I can’t locate it anywhere. Has anybody seen this?

    Thanks,
    Ryan

  4. Kathy Fisher says:

    I was researching a Royal KMG model with serial number 4022177. Now this is weird … on the SN database site, they have the KMG starting production in 1949 (I’ve read that elsewhere, too) and starting serial numbers for 1949 at 4110000 … which leads me to wonder: What’s the deal with my KMG model’s number??? Was it a demo, produced early … or maybe the first of it’s kind, before 1949? Any ideas? And who should I contact to find out more about this vintage machine?

  5. Steven says:

    I have a Olympia de luxe model, serial number 4880585. I want to know how old it is but I couldn’t find it on the database.

  6. bigape says:

    I have an old Royal Quite DeLuxe, that still works great, and I couldn`t find the serial number?

    Could you please tell me where to look for it”

    Thank you

    • margie says:

      The Royal Quite deluxe that I have has the serial number listed under the carriage. Move carriage to right and look on left side of typewriter.

  7. Lilcat says:

    I have a Royal-10 single glass but cannot find a serial number. Where is it located?
    Thank you
    Lilcat

  8. Lilcat says:

    I finally found the serial number.
    It is X-1267896.

    Can you tell me when it was made?
    Thank you

  9. sarah j says:

    i am looking for what number my typewriter is the serial nnumber is 764653 it is a underwood

  10. J. Val says:

    Hello John, I found your site very helpful in finding my typewriter’s year of production. Unfortunately, I am not able to find out the exact model of my Olympia. I’m pretty sure it is a SM model, it may be SM2 or SM3, given that it has not the keys to the right and left of the spacebar, and the Olympia logo is right above the keyboard. The problems are: (1) this typewriter does not have the TAB key, (2) instead of the four dots key, it has a key marked as “M.R.”, maybe because (3) this has spanish keyboard so it has the Ñ key. I really appreciate some help because I would like to sell this machine and get a proper amount of money for it. I can e-mail you pictures if you want. Thank you very much, and greetings from Mexico.

  11. dan evans says:

    i have a royal quiet delux gold serial number a-1905917 just trying to find out info on.what is it worth,date is was made,maybe who it was sold to.if you can help me please email me back at the above email address thank you

  12. helder says:

    i have a royal deluxe serial number A 88-771065 just trying to find out info on.what is it worth,date is was made,you can help me please email me back at the above email address thank you

  13. Anon says:

    Thank you for all the time & trouble you put into putting the database together. I prefer not to do any of my own due diligence so could you tell me when my typewriter was made and how much it is worth?

  14. Misty says:

    I have a few diffrent typewriters. However I cant find the info on your site. Is there another way to get help?

  15. ChryssaT says:

    i just bought a Smith-Corona SCM typewriter with serial num 6Y 331628 with greek types and i would like to know when it was made.

    thank you in advance
    Chryssa

  16. Eddie says:

    I Have a Brother , Silver Reed , Electric Typewriter 8750
    or S P 8700 Serial # 51 01 81 71 ,, The Tabulator on It is
    Not Working ,, I Can’t See whats Wrong with It ,, Too Many Parts are All Integrated into One in the Back of The Machine,,
    Would Any Body Know where I Could get a Factory Set – Up Manual for This Machine ,, ? ? ? and This is All with a
    Big Please and Thank You ,,, Sincerely ,, Eddie,,

    • Eddie says:

      Forget the Set Up Manual ,, There has Been No
      Response ,,
      The Machine is Now Being Used for Parts ,,
      (( E )) – - – - Monday ,, August 19 ,, 2013 ,,

  17. Tina N. says:

    Hi. Let me first say that your site is so helpful; I was able to figure out that I have a 1959 Olympia SM3 De Luxe, Serial #1369401.

    Everything seems to be working great, except that I can’t adjust the left margin. I move the margin stop to my desired position, but when I return the carriage it only goes back to the middle of the typewriter, not over to the left where I set the margin stop. However, if I have the shift lock on, it will go to the left as it should. Does this ring any bells for you as to what could be wrong?

    Lastly, with some research, it seems that this model could sell for about $200. Does that seem right to you?

    Again, thank you so much for your time and effort with the site – very helpful and easy to figure out which model year you have.

    Tina

  18. jpnormanq says:

    I have a Remington Santandar 10, serial RD09340. I just trying to find out info on what is it worth,date is was made,you can help me please

  19. Kelsey says:

    Hi! I just bought a black Royal Quiet De Luxe typewriter, and am trying to figure out exactly what year it is; it looks like the ’41 model, but I would like to know exactly when it was made. The serial number is: A1359479. Thanks for any and all help you could give me!

    • Kelsey says:

      I should also note that it says “Made In Canada” on the front, although it is very difficult to read. The previous owner – whoever they are and for whatever reason – had the ‘Royal’ logo on the front and back, as well as the “Made In Canada” covered up with black hockey tape?! Some people are bizarre… I do live in Canada so was wondering if maybe it was illegal to have it here at some point, since it says “Not for export” on the back, and that maybe that was why they had all of the logos covered up. Anyway, I haven’t been able to find any information on them even being made in Canada – I know they were made in Connecticut so this is very confusing to me.

      I bought it because it’s amazingly beautiful and will provide less distraction when writing than a computer does! I don’t care about how valuable it is – although that would be pretty cool information to have – so just info about the whole Canada-made situation and what year it was made would be greatly appreciated!

      Thanks again to any and all who can help me out with this mystery!

  20. Geoff Bryant says:

    I have just found an old typewriter I my loft. It is an Imperial 18″ carriage, white on black qwerty keys, 4 rows all in excellent condition. The serial number as far as I can see is 259168 cannot see a name or model number. Anyone have any info on this machine. It is very good condition, everything working, platen in excellent condition with ribbon containers and covers and ribbon.