To the victor the spoils…  I mean spools – three Pelikan 13mm Olivetti ribbon spools to be precise.

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“Rescued from grandmother’s shed” according to the ad on eBay and offered up for a mere $7 plus free postage.

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The seller, who lost 20 cents on the deal, deserved (and received) a big thank you.

PelikanRibbon1 Unfortunately the ribbons (as expected) had been baked dry after many years in a hot shed. But I didn’t buy them for the ribbons, I bought them for the spools…

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I wonder if the spools were “Made in Germany”, or whether Olivetti made them in Italy  and supplied them to Pelikan?

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I still can’t believe no-one else bid on these.  Was I the only collector in Australia with an  Olivetti in need of a plastic-to-metal spool transplant? It seems so.

Believe me I was ready to pay a lot more. After-all, what self-respecting collector wouldn’t shell out to give their Studio 45 a pair of original spools?

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  Now it can sit alongside my Studio 44 and not feel quite so inferior.

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 It is inferior though. Which is why my Studio ’44 got preferential treatment and got the one black and red ribbon I had left.

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Update 31/08/2015:

Almost a year to the day of this post, I picked up two more (Imperitype) Olivetti typewriter spools …

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… oh and a spool for an Olivetti mechanical calculator, even though I don’t own one …

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The ribbon on the latter was so musty I immediately binned it. The red and black typewriter ribbons are both bone dry (of course).

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I sold the Studio 45 a while ago, but not before I put back the plastic spools it originally came with, and put the metal ones in my Barcelona Lettera 32.

Spool mercenary that I am.

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