Posted on August 20, 2014
To the victor the spoils… I mean spools – three Pelikan 13mm Olivetti ribbon spools to be precise.
“Rescued from grandmother’s shed” according to the ad on eBay and offered up for a mere $7 plus free postage.
The seller, who lost 20 cents on the deal, deserved (and received) a big thank you.
I wonder if the spools were “Made in Germany”, or whether Olivetti made them in Italy and supplied them to Pelikan?
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?
Now it can sit alongside my Studio 44 and not feel quite so inferior.
Almost a year to the day of this post, I picked up two more (Imperitype) Olivetti typewriter spools …
… oh and a spool for an Olivetti mechanical calculator, even though I don’t own one …
The ribbon on the latter was so musty I immediately binned it. The red and black typewriter ribbons are both bone dry (of course).
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.