Antique typewriter, Royal 10 restored and working

Antique typewriter, Royal 10 restored and working



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Vintage from the 1930s


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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274 shop reviews 5 out of 5 stars


Reviewed by Inactive Aug 16, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Arrived faster than predicted and my Olympia SM7 no longer dances all over the table top! And so much quieter now, too!

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Will Mar 18, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

A wonderful, sleek machine. Exactly what I was hoping for and more. The feel of the return when you type out a line, hear the 'ding' and slide the carriage back to position one is indescribable. A work of art.

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Laurie Arends Jan 28, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

My typewriter - I named him Don Draper - is happy in his new home. It arrived meticulously packaged, with photocopied pages of the original owners manual and custom maintenance and care, along with a personalized note from Mark and his offer of help at any time! Wonderful shop! (The space bar does stick, but since I have Mark’s info I’ll contact him if unable to fix on our own. Not worried! :-)

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muchloveria Jan 12, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

It is amazing! It's a perfect fit and very durable. My typewriter is stuck in place perfectly and no more wandering around the desk! Worth the price in everyway. He also included a free ribbon of ink, which just made the experience all the more worth while; customer service in general was amazing as well. Every message I sent was promptly replied to, and that's something rare these days. I definitely suggest getting this pad, it's better quality than all the other ones on the market and you get great customer service.

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