1930s Royal Model 10
Up for sale is a beautiful Royal Standard Model No. 10 which was made in America sometime in between 1931 and 1933. This machine is a Regal Rebuilt, and so the original serial number was over-written by Regal in 1939 when the rebuilt was completed, as evidenced by their serial number which shows that it was the 885th machine to be rebuilt in 1939. The right-hand shift key also shows that it is a Regal Rebuilt Royal, as well as the many labels and lastly the replacement of the glass panels with the newer-style wrinkled panels that appear on the KHM which began production in 1935. Despite the overhaul process being done in 1939, this typewriter still remains in remarkable shape. The paint largely shines like a mirror, and a lot of the nickel plated parts only have very light pitting and also shine very nicely. The labels are all very crisp and in-tact, which is impressive for its age.
Mechanically, this machine is perfect and is fully functional right down to the bell. This machine types extremely smoothly. The platen and feed rollers are still in good shape, as are the rubber feet in particular.
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.
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 early '30s, then this machine is not only a great workhorse, but a beautiful and somewhat uncommon collection piece. This is the first ever Regal Rebuilt machine that I have ever seen before in-person.
Note: This typewriter, along with other desktops are expensive to ship because of their extremely heavy weight (close to 40-50 pounds in most cases) and the large boxes that they require. If you decide to purchase a desktop typewriter, you can be assured that the expensive shipping costs will ensure that your typewriter arrives safely and in one piece. That being said, if you are local to Southeastern PA, you are welcome to pick this typewriter up and avoid the cost of shipping completely.