Reconditioned Royal 10 Antique Typewriter - Possible Factory Rebuilt Gray Version - Working Antique Typewriter - Elite Typeface - Uncommon

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Reconditioned Royal 10 Antique Typewriter - Possible Factory Rebuilt Gray Version - Working Antique Typewriter - Elite Typeface - Uncommon

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$750.00

Rare find — there's only 1 of these in stock.

Item details

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.

**COSMETIC CONDITION**
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 come with a carrying case. (It also weighs about 40 pounds.

**MECHANICAL CONDITION**
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.


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

**RECOMMENDED BUYER**
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

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

Item #174
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.

**COSMETIC CONDITION**
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 come with a carrying case. (It also weighs about 40 pounds.

**MECHANICAL CONDITION**
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.


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

**RECOMMENDED BUYER**
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

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

Item #174

Shipping & returns

Ready to ship in 3–5 business days
From United States
Returns and exchanges accepted
Exceptions may apply. See return policy

Reviews

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Returns & exchanges

I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations

Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 2 days of purchase

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)

Returns and exchange details

I sell vintage and antique typewriters that are no longer made, some of which are 100 years old or more. As much as I'd love to be able to tell you that they will always be problem-free and last forever, I can't, because they won't.

Older machines can develop problems without notice, even if they're properly maintained and loved. I promise to accurately describe, photograph, or video any typewriter I sell. If you want additional photos or have questions about anything, all you have to do is ask. You can also inspect the machines in person if you are in the Kansas City area.

So, to make a long story short, I will accept most returns, but I do ask that you pay for return shipping. If your typewriter does not work as it should upon arrival, I'll accept a return unless it was sold as a display model. Also, if you do experience a problem, many times there is a simple repair that will solve it. I can often walk you through the repair so you don't have to send the typewriter back.

Questions about your order?

Please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Shipping policies

Unless otherwise agreed to or specified, I'll ship all typewriters via USPS, FedEx, or UPS at my discretion. I will use the method that is most economical for my buyers, and will ship to anywhere in the continental United States.

If you are located outside of the United States, please contact me before making a purchase. I can usually arrange shipping, but I don't want to make any promises I cannot keep.

As far as packaging goes, shipping typewriters is notoriously problematic for some people. Typewriters have heavy moving parts (the carriages) that can be easily damaged if not properly secured. I lock the carriages on all shipped typewriters if they have that feature, but I may also secure them with additional safety measures. I use a variety of techniques to make sure your machine gets to you in exactly the same condition it was in when I boxed it up.

Please be advised that some typewriters are very heavy, and can weigh 40 pounds or more. These heavier machines naturally have higher shipping costs associated with them.

Payments

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
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I accept credit cards, PayPal, or Etsy gift cards. If you absolutely must have a machine and cannot pay me with either of these methods, please contact me so we can try to work out a solution. I know how strong the pull of a vintage manual typewriter can be, and I'll do my best to make sure I get your baby to you.

Additional policies

A lot of vintage stuff, especially typewriters, is beautiful and awesome. But I suppose you already knew that.

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