Tag: Working Typewriter

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 Imperial Portable Typewriter, Made in England, Fully Refurbished, Rare Early Model

il_fullxfull.1408392374_97j1Offering a rare 1934 Art Deco Styled Imperial Good Companion Portable Typewriter. It’s in fully refurbished condition, with black high gloss original paint. The typewriter is an early example of ‘The Good Companion’ Model 1. There are some subtle differences from later production models, including a sleek carrying case design with chrome details at the rear. The Imperial portables from this era were all hand assembled to a high level of excellence. It shows minor signs of use and everything works perfectly. The Imperial received a meticulous cleaning, servicing, and a new ribbon. The chrome plating is flawless. The type bars and slugs have been cleaned, revealing the rare flat carbon black finish. All the original paint has been carefully cleaned, polished and waxed. A very high quality wax was used on the paint for a deep “showroom” shine. The rubber platen is in excellent condition. It’s an exceptionally beautiful machine from the 1930s. There’s a significant historical value to these early Imperial portables in this level of condition. The typewriter comes with the original case, which is in a “near mint” condition given its age, with a very nice wool felt interior. The leather handle is a new heavy duty replacement. There’s some minor pitting to the chrome parts on the case exterior from age. Fully functional. It comes with a high quality reprint of the original manual. There’s very minor wear to the corners of the case, and it’s a very worthy companion to the refurbished typewriter. Given the early manufacture date, it comes without the King George V Royal Warrant decal, which is found on later models. Click for further details.

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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1930s Imperial ‘Good Companion’ Portable Typewriter, Stunning & Fully Refurbished

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Offering a meticulously refurbished 1933 Imperial ‘Good Companion’ Portable Typewriter. It was disassembled for refurbishment, so the mechanicals could be fully cleaned, and adjusted. We extensively test our typewriters throughout the long refurbishment process. Even the typewriter carrying case has been reconditioned. This is as good as it gets for a 1930s Imperial typewriter. Impeccable condition. The typewriter is available in both the Chairish and Etsy marketplaces. Click here to view this typewriter with more photos, and full details.

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