The Sholes & Glidden is unquestionably out of my price range, but, nevertheless, it remains on my “most wanted” list. Now, two such machines are offered on eBay. One (ser. no. A1101) is a factory refurbished model in stellar condition — see listing here. The other (ser. no. A1665), also factory refurbished, is in less stellar condition, but nevertheless remarkable — see listing here.
Both machines are offered for thousands of dollars. Bidding on the first starts at $20,000; the second is offered at a buy-it-now price of $17,900 (offers encouraged) — I noted the appearance this machine in May, when it was offered for $29,000.
What a Sholes & Glidden is worth — in any condition — is hard to say. The S&G is an important and rare type writer, desirable by any collector, but it is likely too rare and expensive. In the “supply-and-demand” equation, it is scarce, but so also possible buyers.
Now, to the QuickStop for a lottery ticket!
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