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Vintage 1930s Royal ‘Standard’ Model O Portable Typewriter, Refurbished


Offering a stunning refurbished 1930s Royal Model O portable typewriter with its original carrying case. The typewriter had been partially disassembled for refurbishment, adjustment, and cleaning. It has also been professionally polished and waxed. There some very minor imperfections to the ultra glossy paintwork. All the glass keys are clear, glossy and individually clean. The nickel plated metal parts have been cleaned and polished to match the “showroom” glossy deep black paint. Due to the exceptional glossiness of the enamel paint, a clear reflection of the antique table surface can be seen on the painted surfaces. The typewriter has pica for a typeface, which is the larger 10 characters per inch. A new high quality black & red ribbon was installed, and the platen shows minor signs of use. All the letter slugs were individually cleaned for crisp type quality. It types impeccably well, with crisp typeface. An extensive typing test was done to make sure everything moves and operates smoothly. The Royal ‘Standard’ Model O is one of the most reliable vintage typewriters from the era, and incredibly easy to use.

The portable Royal comes with its original carrying case, and a copy of the manual. There are signs of use and age to the carrying case, with corner & surface wear. The case has been fully cleaned. It also received a coating of a polymer polish, which is semi-gloss, and dry to the touch. A handsome clean carrying case, and a fine companion to the typewriter.

This is one of the nicest Royal Model O ‘Standard’ portable typewriters you will find. A lot of hours went into the refurbishment, and it shows.

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The Royal typewriter comes with a one (1) year warranty on the draw band (the cord which makes the typewriter carriage move). In the unlikely event the draw band should ever need to be replaced during this period, send it back to us for the service work free of charge. Shipping charges not included.

All our typewriters are professionally packaged with a great deal of care. Within the lower 48 states, the typewriter will ship by UPS Ground insured. Additional shipping fees to Alaska & Hawaii via USPS.

Note: International shipping by request. Please be in contact for exact international shipping rates to your country. Some countries will cost less to ship, and others more. Give us your international location, and we’ll get the exact shipping costs for you. The international shipping rate quoted is an estimate, and will differ by country.

Vintage Typewriters Are Hot


It’s been many years since the vintage typewriter revival started, and the trend is here to stay. We frequently stock fully refurbished 1920s & 1930s models from Royal and Imperial. The Royal typewriters were manufactured in NYC, and they’re built to last many lifetimes. The Imperial typewriters were manufactured in the UK, and are incredibly pleasing to the eye, with lots of chrome, beautiful contours and also built to last many lifetimes. There are a lot of typewriters out there, but finding an early example carefully refurbished and brought back to its full glory is a rarity. All our typewriters are meticulously cleaned, polished, waxed and mechanically serviced, resulting in a reliable machine with beautiful time-warp looks, feel and typing from a bygone era. They’re a real treat to admire and type on.

The typewriter above is a Royal Model P from the early 1930s. It has tabulation, which is an unusual feature for this model. The mocha two-tone brown is outstanding. For more information on this model, please visit Hartong International on Etsy.