Do I Dare Part with a Royal?


A previous customer of mine sent me a message today. She is wondering if I’d part with another typewriter. She previously purchased a Royal KMM from me. It was a great machine, and I’m happy to hear that she is still using it. I mentioned an Underwood Champion with which I’d be willing to part, but she seems hooked on Royals. At present, I have two Royal 10s, a Royal P that I need to repair, and a Royal O that, barring a missing fraction slug, is in excellent condition. I suppose the first question is whether I need two Royal 10s. One, in pristine condition, is a 1937 with single glass. The other, with a wide carriage, is from 1916 with double glass.

They both type very well, although the old fellow needs a little cleaning. Together the pair demonstrate the success of the Royal 10. That’s twenty-one years between them.

Then there is the Royal P I discovered in San Antonio while visiting my girlfriend:

I fixed it before, but it took a small fall. I think I can get it working well again. All of these machines are from my glass-key collection. I’m not sure if I want to sell, but I do love to spread the typewriter revolution. The one machine I won’t part with is the 1937 Royal 10.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Bill M says:

    Depending on what the cost of the Royal P was I’d part eith that one since there are far more nice ones of those around than the Royal 10.

    What fraction slug is missing. I have a box full of new slugs for USA made typewriters. You’d need to make a jig to solder it properly with silver solder or some other hi-temperature hard solder. Soft radio and non-silver plumbing solder will crack.

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    1. mcfeats says:

      For now I’m selling her the Royal O. She will take it without the fraction slug (1/2 and 1/4). The slug is completely missing. There is no broken joint. I wonder what happened.

      Selling the 1916 Royal 10 would give me room, but I’m not sure I can part with it. I like the wide carriage and the decals. The platen is very good, too.

      I’ll tinker with the Royal P. I need to get in there with some good lighting.


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