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1930s Royal ‘Standard’ Model O Portable Typewriter, Fully Refurbished, Glossy Black

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Offering a gorgeous 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 are a few of tiny touchups, some tiny paint chips, minor waviness in the paint, small scratches and minor imperfections/dust particles in the old glossy paintwork. For being approximately 90 years old, the paintwork is excellent. All the glass keys are clear and clean. The nickel plated metal parts have been cleaned, with some minor patina to the alloy and galvanized metals. 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 has been installed, and the platen is very smooth with very minor signs of use. All the letter slugs were individually cleaned for crisp type quality. There’s a new extra strong hemp draw-band attached to the mainspring. Several springs were also replaced. There are no reproduction rubber feet available for Royal portables of this era. All four rubber feet are hard, but grip a table surface nicely. One of the rubber feet has the inside edge missing, but it’s not visible, unless you turn the typewriter over. Just make sure to always lock the typewriter into its carrying case to keep the feet and other parts from getting damaged while in transit. Mechanically, the typewriter is in mint working condition. 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 printed copy of the manual. There are signs of use and age to the carrying case, with corner & surface wear. A few edges of the rexine leather cloth had to be reattached with an adhesive, which is common for a 90+ year old typewriter case. The case has been fully cleaned. It also received a coating of a polymer polish on the inside and outside surfaces, which is semi-gloss, and dry to the touch. The lock works very well. Just press it firmly when you wish to close it.

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! Click for more details.

1930s Royal Typewriter, Fully Refurbished

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Offering a stunning refurbished 1930s Royal Model O (Model A) portable typewriter. The typewriter has deep glossy paint with satin black crinkle details. The typewriter had been partially disassembled for refurbishment, adjustment, and cleaning. It has also been professionally polished and waxed. There are some tiny 1-2 millimeter size paint chips in various spots, very minor imperfections and dust particles in the old ultra glossy paintwork. Near the rear body screws there’s some chipped paint and several old touchups and a couple of new touchups to the glossy paintwork. The top cover is very glossy and has two very thin lines of wear to paint at the left back corner crease & righthand side crease near the platen, and both are nearly invisible unless you’re looking for the two spots. All the glass keys are clear, glossy and clean. The chrome plated metal parts have been cleaned. 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. The Model A has tabulation, which wasn’t available on the Model O ‘Standard’ variation. A new high quality black & red ribbon was installed. The top paper rubber guide rollers have some minor splits, but they’re still soft and work properly. All the letter slugs were individually cleaned for crisp type quality. The rubber platen is very smooth. The typewriter types impeccably well, with crisp typeface. An extensive typing test was done to make sure everything moves and operates smoothly. The Royal Model A & Model O varieties are some of the most reliable vintage typewriters from the era, and incredibly easy to use.

The portable Royal comes with a carrying case. 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. The lock works very well. A handsome clean carrying case, and a fine companion to the typewriter.

This is one of the nicest Royal Model A/Model O portable typewriters you will find. Many days went into the refurbishment, and it shows! Click for more details.

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

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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 1930s Style Imperial ‘Good Companion’ Portable Typewriter, Fully Refurbished, Impeccable

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Offering an impeccable Imperial ‘Good Companion’ portable typewriter. It’s in fully refurbished condition, with black satin original crinkle paint. The Imperial portables from this era were all hand assembled to a very high level of excellence. It shows very minor signs of use, and everything works perfectly. The Imperial typewriter was disassembled and received a meticulous cleaning, servicing, a new ribbon, and extensive testing. The type bars and slugs have been cleaned for sharp type quality. All the original paint has been carefully cleaned. It’s an exceptionally beautiful machine from 1940. There’s a significant historical value to these early Imperial portables in this level of condition.

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Vintage Typewriters Are Hot

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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.