1959 TOWER Chieftan lll * Ultra-Portable Working, Manual Typewriter

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THE ATOMIC STYLED TOWER CHIEFTAIN lll IS THE PERFECT TRAVEL ACCESSORY when you're on the go, or say, fleeing crop-dusting assassins and need to dash off a quick note to your lover explaining you'll be a wee bit late.

Manufactured in the USA by Smith Corona for Sears Roebuck & Co. for 2 years (1959-1960), the TOWER CHIEFTAIN lll was marketed toward g-men, spies and advertising executives... at least that's what it's chameleon exterior would have you believe.

In actuality, the Tower Chieftain is a rebranded Skyriter, manufactured by Smith Corona for Sears Roebuck & Co. This particular model, the Chieftain lll was commissioned by Sears for two years only - 1959 and 1960, making it an uncommon find in today's typosphere.

The bantam weight CHIEFTAIN lll is suavely compact, the primary "Tower" branding in *atomic style* perfectly illustrates the late 50s ad-men, or madmen era. The 2 toned gray flannel, creamy beige color scheme is as sophisticated as a well-tailored suit, while the typewriter's mechanics are rock-solid and built for regular, daily use.


The Sears Tower Chieftan lll, aka the Skyriter, is part of Smith Corona's Super 5 Series. These mid-century typewriters are some of the most sought after today and include the Clipper, Sterling, Silent, Silent-Super and Skyriter.



RECOMMENDED FOR: The collector, journalist, writer, screenwriter, and anyone looking for the ultimate travel accessory

THIS IS NOT the best machine for: Bad guys, key choppers or the digitally obsessed

IF THIS IS A GIFT : Choose TEIPIADUR GIFT OPTIONS from the shop and add to cart before checkout to elevate your tribute to *Best-Gift-Ever* status.


This particular machine is in EXCELLENT used condition.

MECHANICALLY, the CHIEFTAIN is in EXCELLENT condition - all features are in full working order and the platen has been treated to renew its grip. The margin bell is bright and cheery; the touch control and contoured plastic keys make for a comfortable typing experience.

COSMETICALLY, the CHIEFTAIN is in VERY GOOD condition. There is minor paint wear on the ribbon cover near the name badge, (see pics 4 & 9 for this detail) and the back of the ribbon cover has permanent ink staining from ribbon contact. All name badges and decals are intact. The case is in VERY GOOD condition with minimal age wear. It has been cleaned and sanitized and the zipper has been serviced to work as it should, without a hitch.

The CHIEFTAIN has been cleaned and tested and is in perfect working condition, ready to use upon receipt. A NEW black ribbon has been installed on special-sized small metal spools. The CHIEFTAIN comes with its original leatherette travel case, original paperwork and cleaning brush.

Make: Tower
Model: CHIEFTAIN lll
Serial #: 3YT192839
Year: 1959
Made In: USA
Manufacturer: Smith Corona
Keyboard: QWERTY
Typeface: Presidential ELITE
Color: Gray/Cream Beige

- Touch Selector
- Line Spacing 1-2 settings
- Retractable Page Support
- Manual Ribbon Reverse

- Original Travel Case
- Original User's Manual
- NEW Black ribbon on metal spools
- Original Cleaning Brush
- New Non-Skid Typing Pad

This machine has received a thorough cleaning and servicing by the seller, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact before your purchase. While I do not offer returns, I do guarantee my buyers satisfaction. I only sell machines in excellent mechanical condition that have been cleaned and serviced by myself or a professional shop.
***Price includes fees and insurance common with packaging and shipping delicate machines.

Shipping from United States

Processing time

1-3 business days

Estimated shipping times

  • North America : 1 - 3 business days
  • Europe : 6 - 10 business days

I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Payment Options

Secure options
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards

Returns & Exchanges

I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Frequently Asked Questions

Custom and personalized orders

Please let me know if you would like a personalized message sent with your purchased item, especially if it is a gift - I will include in the packaging with 24-hr notice of ship date.

Care instructions

I insure all my machines when shipping and generally require signature upon receipt, especially if it's a non-residential address. If you would like your item delivered without the signature requirement, please notify the shop upon ordering.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Packaging these delicate machines for shipment is a must and Teipiadur uses high quality cardboard boxes, lots of peanuts, bubble wrap, airbags, strapping tape to reinforce box corners,and specific handling labels for the carrier to understand the fragility of their freight. All typewriters are fully insured and trackable.

If your purchase is a gift, choose Teipiadur Gift Wrap from the shop listings and add to cart for an added special touch.
Be sure to communicate the name of the gift recipient and any personal message to be included.

Will I Need To Purchase a Ribbon for my Typewriter

Not right away. Every typewriter sold on Teipiadur comes with a brand new ribbon installed so you may begin typing at once. The type of ribbon installed on your new typewriter is clearly denoted in the listing.
Here is the 411 on ribbon:
A new NYLON ribbon will last for @ 350 pages of type; a new COTTON ribbon is good for @ 700 pages, and a premium SILK ribbon is good for up to 1500 pages.

Return & Exchange Policy Explained

While Teipiadur has an *ALL SALES ARE FINAL* policy, I prioritize customer satisfaction. If your order arrives severely damaged, or not functioning please contact me immediately - WITHIN 3 DAYS OF DELIVERY - and document any defects. All machines are sold in full working order so damage or functionality concerns will likely be a shipping issue. Failure to notify me within this parameter will nullify your claim and limit my ability provide reparation.

Vintage 101

VINTAGE - as applied to typewriters in this shop - means the typewriters are likely older than you, or possibly your parents.

All machines are in USED / PREVIOUSLY OWNED condition, bearing age-related marks + wear conducive to time and use.

Every typewriter sold on Teipiadur has been serviced/restored to full functionality, cleaned, inside and out, polished and listed with accurate notes and pictures depicting any major flaws or discrepancies.

While all typewriters offered for sale are in perfect working condition, expect your typewriter to show some visible signs of age. These are generally a testament to the machine's charm and history, not detractors.

Always ask questions before purchasing to insure your satisfaction.

Shipping News

Teipiadur offers FREE SHIPPING on all domestic orders within the continental U.S.

If you prefer expedited shipping, simply choose that option at checkout and the additional shipping charge will be added to your final cost.

If local pickup in Sonoma, CA is desired, a flat shipping fee of $35 will be refunded once the transaction is complete.

Additional charges may apply for the following:
P.O. Box

Should the above apply, please provide your ZIP code with request for custom rate prior to your checkout.

PLEASE NOTE: Teipiadur generally ships via USPS as they take the greatest care in handling these delicate machines and deliver in an expedited manner with reliable tracking.

Care instructions

A personalized letter is included with each typewriter and details basic operational instructions as well as some useful typewriter related links.

NOTE: Please be mindful of the 3-day window to provide feedback regarding performance issues. Please give your typewriter a test run right away - Teipiadur WILL NOT be responsible for mechanical issues reported after 72 hours of receipt.

Reviews (1)


Thank you Sam for my beautiful typewriter, it arrived safely here in Australia. Many, many thank you's for the 'extras' that you also sent with it. Communication was very quick and helpful. I am very grateful to you for your assistance with the typewriter and the wealth of information you offered. I am very happy with my order and wish you all the very best. Regards Amanda-Claire

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