This vintage Royal Standard No.1 Typewriter is in very good vintage condition. The patent no. is 13628, which means that it was produced in 1935-1936. Jack Kerouac, poet and writer used this as one of his favorite typewriters. This is a beautiful metal typewriter with gold lettering, glass keys and a low profile. All the keys work, the bell rings, the paper roller works, the shift key works, all the keys compress, the margin release key compresses...I'm not sure if this works. Everything seems to be in order with this typewriter. I have wiped this typewriter as well as blown out the mechanical parts with a gentle air compressor. I however, am not an expert and cannot vouch for the condition other than what's been stated. This typewriter is therefore being sold as a display piece even though it does type with its faded ribbon. It comes with a very worn vinyl cover that is in poor condition that I will include with your purchase. A beautiful piece of vintage history for display or use in your home office. Truely a poetic treasure to write your next poem or story on...
I've included some history on this typewriter below for your interest.
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10 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 7 inches tall to back of paper holder.
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I believe that our homes reflect the story that we tell about our lives. Each special object is a poem unto itself. I like to imagine the stories and poems that have lived through the days of these objects of beauty. When they come to live with you they continue on telling the story and poems of your own special life.
"A Poem, Not a House..."
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Royal Standard History:
This is an early Royal Standard No. 1 Typewriter. This machine is serial number 13628, which dates to 1935 depending on the source. Either way, it's the 13,628th machine built by this company, which was to move steadily upward to a position of equality to Underwood in the pre-World War 2 period. The first Royals appeared in 1906. Note that the machine has no model numbers on the front; this is commonly referred to as a Royal Standard; it says so on the paper table. Slightly later machines have more ornate decals, do not say "standard" on the paper table, but still have no model number. It appears that all of these are lumped in official serial number records under "No. 1 and No. 3," with the No. 3 differing only in having a wide carriage. (This is a No. 1.)
It can be seen here that these machines actually incorporated a slotted type bar segment, as opposed to individually hung type bars. This "flatbed" design was later dropped in favor of a more conventional format.
The Royal typewriter entered the market in 1906. It would grow to be one of the leading brands that would dominate the market together with the Underwood and the Remington. That alone should be enough to earn a place in a museum.
Having said that, the fact is that apart from the very first 'flatbed' models, the Royal is not the most exciting machine in the world. But it wasn't intended to be exciting or revolutionary. The Royal was intended to be a sturdy work horse. The design featured numerous improvements over earlier machines, that were the work of the company's founder and vice-president E.B. Hess.
Hess had from the beginning aimed at building the ultimate visible writer. His first patents dealt with a nine-bar typewriter with revolving sleeves, each carrying nine characters. Hess himself decided that his invention was a 'freak', and it was never built. He went on to improve existing machines and by 1923 he was reported to have collected more than 140 different patents dealing with typewriter technology.
The Royal 1 was followed by the Royal 5, a similar flatbed machine. (Other model numbers had to do with different carriage widths.) In 1914 the upright Royal 10 appeared. This was the classic model with beveled glass sides that would grow to be one of the market leaders. (http://www.typewritermuseum.org/collection/index.php3?machine=royal1&cat=kf)