1931 Royal Model No. 10
Up for sale is an absolutely stunning Royal Standard Model No. 10 which was made in America in 1931. This Model 10 is the last variant of this model, and features only a single glass panel on each side of the body (left/right) and a basket/type-segment shift mechanism as opposed to the carriage shifting.
This typewriter is in near mint shape overall, which isremarkable considering this machine's age and the fact that desktops do not have carrying cases to keep them protected over time. The paint shines like a mirror, and there is no rust or pitting anywhere on the chrome/nickel plating. The labels are still crisp and are only the slightest bit worn on the rear of the machine.
Mechanically, this machine is perfect and is fully functional right down to the bell. This machine types extremely smoothly and is about as reliable as it gets, even for its age. This typewriter types in a slightly smaller typeface (12 characters per inch instead of 10) which is referred to as "elite." The platen and feed rollers are still in good shape, as are the rubber feet.
The owner's manual for the Royal 10 can be downloaded here: https://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/Royal10.pdf
This typewriter does not use universal ribbons, however you can re-thread the original spools with ribbon from the universal spools sold on this site, or you can purchase ribbons elsewhere made for the Royal Desktops. Additionally, the following spools will work: https://kytyper.com/products/black-typewriter-ribbon-for-royal-desktop-typewriters-kmm-hh-etc
If you’re looking to write a novel or compose anything else that requires a lot of heavy typing, but still want the authentic feel of an original machine with glass keys from the 30s, then this machine really is the best of both worlds.