1947 Royal Arrow
Up for sale is a beautiful Royal Arrow which was made in America in 1941- just before Royal drastically cut down production of their civilian-market machines, to eventually halt all portable manufacturing to help with the war effort in WWII.
This particular Arrow is in amazing shape overall, and is in near mint shape with little to no flaws. The case, on the other hand, is a little rough on the outside, and has apparent wear. Still, it does its job without any issues, and has kept this machine in the condition it's in now.
Mechanically, this typewriter is perfectly functional right down to the bell, and is an amazingly smooth and reliable machine for its age. It types in a slightly smaller elite typeface (12 characters per inch) but types crisply and clearly despite this. Despite this machine's old age, this typewriter can still be used quite a bit. I wouldn't recommend writing a really long novel on this machine, however it can easily be used to tackle other writing tasks and can be used frequently and reliably. This typewriter is pretty intuitive and easy to use, especially with help of the owner's manual which can be referenced here: http://www.machinesoflovinggrace.com/manuals/RoyalArrowManual.pdf
This machine is a very smooth typer, and remains popular among collectors and writers alike for both its smooth touch and classy looks. The Arrow model was even chosen by the US Navy to decode Morse code telegram messages during WWII starting in 1942.
If you're looking for a beautiful late '30s/early '40s machine in mint shape that can still be used frequently and reliably, then this is by far the machine to call your own.