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Antique typewriter, Royal 10 restored and working



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Feb 4-13

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  • Vintage from the 1930s
  • Materials: steel, rubber, Iron

This is an antique Royal 10 typewriter in gray. This machine is refurbished, working, and in in very good condition.

The Royal 10 was introduced in 1913 and became a huge hit for royal. The company continued to manufacture the 10 until the mid 1930s. These machines were heavy, reliable standard (office) typewriters that could take a lot of punishment and keep going. The number of these machines that are still around and capable of working is a testament to the quality of their design and manufacture.

This particular 10 is a but of a mystery machine. Originally, all Royal 10s were painted gloss black, and all had glass windows on the sides that allowed you to see the inner-workings of the machine. This machine retains the two windows, but all of it, save the bell, has been painted over in a battleship gray color, even the windows. It also has a gray baseplate that more effectively encloses the mechanics of the machine than the support bar that all other Royal 10s have.

The machine has Royal decals, and an odd serial number designation, which leads me to believe this machine had been refurbished or rebuilt at a later time and re-sold. These rebuilt antique machines were completely rebuilt and sold mostly through catalogues in the 1950s and 1960s, though I haven't seen a Royal 10 in this style before.

As with all my typewriters, I have cleaned, repaired, adjusted, and lubricated this Royal 10 and have added a new ribbon to its original metal spools. This antique typewriter is in working condition and will be ready to go as soon as you get it home.

Cosmetically, this antique Royal 10 typewriter is in very good condition. An office, or desktop, typewriter, it's large and commanding. It's textured gray paint scheme is unusual, and possibly unique, amongst Royal 10s, and makes it an instant standout to anyone who knows antique typewriters. The battleship gray paint has a few nicks, chips, and wear marks, but nothing too significant. The bright metal parts are in overall good shape, though there is some worn chrome and aging on some of it. The decals appear to be original and are in good condition.

Overall, this machine has a decidedly industrial, even military look to it, and is a commanding presence, As a standard, it does not come with a carrying case. (It also weighs about 40 pounds.

Mechanically, this Royal 10 is in excellent shape. The machine types confidently, and has a strong, responsive keyboard that feels like it could type forever. The platen has hardened some, and will leave indents and the occasional cutout, but this effect can be lessened with some cushioning paper. Otherwise, all mechanical functions perform as they should, and this machine types very well.

This Royal also has an elite (12 characters-per-itch) typeface, making it more rare than the common Pica machines.

I do ship internationally, so please contact me for a quote if you are interested in any of my typewriters.

This Royal 10 is unlike any other I've come across. If you're a decorator who wants a large, industrial-looking standard typewriter, a serious writer who wants to put a lot of letters on the page, or a collector who is looking for that strange little oddity, this machine is for you. The Royal 10 is a beautiful piece of functional art, and at nearly 40 pounds is an absolute bear of a machine. That same weight makes it a sturdy rock of a typewriter, and one that won'y give you the same "walking" problems so common to lighter portables. I recommend this machine for anyone who wants a uniquely beautiful, reliable typewriter for working or decorative purposes.

- Mark

Royal 10
Gray with Metal-Rimmed Keys
New Ribbon
Reproduction Instruction Manual
Basic Care and Cleaning Instructions

Item #174



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1 out of 5 stars

you sent me the wrong textured typewriter pad. I wanted the one in the picture -- it was not as advertised at all. it was a scam what you sent for $23.00 or so. I expected to get what the picture looked like when I ordered it. I would like a refund please. I'm disappointed in it and your company, too.

Patricia E. Greene Jun 24, 2022

5 out of 5 stars

This is excellent! It shipped and arrived quickly, and was just as described. The ribbon works wonderfully in my Singer, and I was very pleased with the whole kit! The mat is just the right size and the brushes are just the right stiffness! The oil also has a really small tip, which is nice to have should I need it :) The card is also excellent and very helpful! I love how everything fits in a nice little bag for transport! I would definitely recommend this shop and this item!

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Artic Air Feb 24, 2022

5 out of 5 stars

Not only does my typewriter not move all over the place while I'm typing now, but it dampens the sound on the table too! I love it!

Emily May Jul 2, 2022

5 out of 5 stars

These feet saved my typewriter from walking across the desk as I type! Apparently, I can not concentrate on a computer long enough to even write a sentence much less a page, hence why I have an archaic machine from the 40s. I edited this review after the seller reached out, I didn’t change the amount of stars given, only what I wrote. If you are not absolutely sure if these will fit your typewriter, reach out to the seller. They offered to send new feet with center holes that might fit better, but I declined since the current ones are doing their job. That, and if I never have to loosen or retighten those screws again it will be too soon. Overall, great customer service. I can’t complain since I found a replacement part for a “dead” machine. Thank you for saving my typewriter and my sanity.

Denis Dunlap Apr 15, 2022

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