1963 Royal CITADEL, Working *ULTRA-PORTABLE* Manual Typewriter

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Made in Holland by the Royal Mcbee Corporation in the mid-50s to early 60s, the Royalite was designed as an entry-level, compact, ultra-portable typewriter, it is lightweight and durable with solid mechanics and good basic functionality.

For typewriter enthusiasts and collectors - The 1963 Royal CITADEL is essentially a repatriated Halberg Traveller and this particular model is the cosmetically altered Royalite, with a raised ribbon cover. If you're a typewriter aficionado, you may also recognize this as the model design commissioned by Singer which sold as the "Scholastic" or Model T-4.

With its two-tone industrial Gray/Blue exterior, all-metal housing and vintage leatherette carrying case, the CITADEL is wonderfully portable and intuitive to use.

RECOMMENDED USER: The CITADEL is an excellent choice for BEGINNER typists of all ages, CASUAL correspondents, the sporadic journalist or budding collector.

This also makes a thoughtful gift for grandparents or other beloved elders who have grown weary of the digital age and forgetful of passwords: How lovely to receive a simple writing machine that doesn’t require a charging cable and won’t burn* the house down if left on.

The CITADEL is also the perfect HIPSTER ACCESSORY. Its retro curves are rather sexy and the compact size makes an easy to grab-and-go: Just right for Glamping trips, Sleepovers, Type-Ins or Coffee House hangs.

The CITADEL is best suited for casual use **LIGHT to MEDIUM DUTY** and is an excellent BASIC typewriter.

NOT RECOMMENDED FOR: The "Serious" Collector or Productive Writer, Key Chopper, Farm Animal, Malcontent.

This typewriter comes with a brand NEW Black ribbon installed, a copy of the user's manual, a NEW non-skid typewriter pad, and original leatherette travel case.


BRAND: Royal
MODEL: Citadel
Serial # : CT-5591744
YEAR: 1963
MADE IN: Holland
COLOR: Gray/Blue

- Ultra-Portable
- Line Spacing (3) settings
- Manual Margin Sets
- Margin Release/Backspace
- Paper Bail
- Page Support

The CITADEL is in VERY GOOD condition cosmetically. The exterior is free of cracks and chips and bears only minor cosmetic blemishes, barely noticeable to the naked eye. Both the ribbon cover and exterior housing have been waxed and polished with Renaissance Wax and the shiny bits have been made shinier. Badges and decals are intact.

MECHANICALLY: The CITADEL is in VERY GOOD condition - All features work as they should, the typewriter is mechanically fine, the platen has been treated to maintain it's grip, the bell gives a nice, cheery ping when the margin is reached, and the carriage is smooth with no hitch.

This typewriter is in full working condition and has a fresh black ribbon installed. It's total weight in the carrying case is 9 lbs, making it easy to travel with while being durable with its all-metal housing.
The type is PICA 12 pt., yielding 10 characters per inch.
The inside is clean and dust free; typebars and slugs have been detailed, the exterior has been waxed and polished.
The travel case bears some stains and minor interior tears conducive to a life well-traveled, the buckle has been treated for rust and is discolored, but completely functional. Feel free to request a pic of case detail should it concern you. The case has also been cleaned and sanitized and treated to protect it from further age-related incidents.

- Copy of the User's Manual
- Original Vinyl Leatherette Carrying Case
- NEW Non-Skid Typewriter Pad
- NEW Black-inked Ribbon

This machine has received a thorough cleaning and servicing by the seller, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact before your purchase. While I do not offer returns, I do guarantee my buyer's satisfaction. I only sell machines in very good used* condition, perfectly working and cosmetically sound unless otherwise noted.

*See note regarding "VINTAGE" condition in the shop Q/A page

***Price includes fees and insurance common with packaging and shipping delicate machines.

Shipping from United States

Processing time

1-2 business days

Estimated shipping times

  • North America : 1 - 3 business days
  • Europe : 6 - 10 business days

I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Payment Options

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards

Returns & Exchanges

I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Frequently Asked Questions

Custom and personalized orders

Please let me know if you would like a personalized message sent with your purchased item, especially if it is a gift - I will include in the packaging with 24-hr notice of ship date.

Care instructions

I insure all my machines when shipping and generally require signature upon receipt, especially if it's a non-residential address. If you would like your item delivered without the signature requirement, please notify the shop upon ordering.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Packaging these delicate machines for shipment is a must and Teipiadur uses high quality cardboard boxes, lots of peanuts, bubble wrap, airbags, strapping tape to reinforce box corners,and specific handling labels for the carrier to understand the fragility of their freight. All typewriters are fully insured and trackable.

Choose the Gift Option at checkout for an added special touch.
Gift wrapping consists of a personalized typed note on Crane stationery and a cheery satin red ribbon. Advance notice from the buyer is greatly appreciated to prepare as a gift before shipping.

Will I Need To Purchase a Ribbon for my Typewriter

Not right away. Every typewriter sold on Teipiadur comes with a brand new ribbon installed so you may begin typing at once. Generally a ribbon will last for several passes when the ribbon direction-change function is employed, this will give you 1-3 months of regular use and up to a year of light use before you need to buy a replacement. Recommended ribbon suppliers are included in your welcome letter.

Return & Exchange Policy Explained

While Teipiadur has an *ALL SALES ARE FINAL* policy, I prioritize customer satisfaction. If your order arrives severely damaged, or not functioning please contact me immediately - WITHIN 3 DAYS OF DELIVERY - and document any defects. All machines are sold in full working order so damage or functionality concerns will likely be a shipping issue. Failure to notify me within this parameter will nullify your claim and limit my ability provide reparation.

Vintage 101

VINTAGE - as applied to typewriters in this shop - means the typewriters are likely older than you, or possibly your parents.

All machines are in USED / PREVIOUSLY OWNED condition, bearing age-related marks + wear conducive to time and use.

Every typewriter sold on Teipiadur has been serviced/restored to full functionality, cleaned, inside and out, polished and listed with accurate notes and pictures depicting any major flaws or discrepancies.

While all typewriters offered for sale are in perfect working condition, expect your typewriter to show some visible signs of age. These are generally a testament to the machine's charm and history, not detractors.

Always ask questions before purchasing to insure your satisfaction.

Shipping News

Teipiadur now offers FREE SHIPPING on all domestic orders within the continental U.S.

If you prefer expedited shipping, simply choose that option at checkout and the additional shipping charge will be added to your final cost.

If pickup in Sonoma, CA is desired, a flat shipping fee of $35 will be refunded once the transaction is complete.

Additional charges may apply for the following:
P.O. Box

Should the above apply, please provide your ZIP code with request for custom rate prior to your checkout.

PLEASE NOTE: Teipiadur generally ships via USPS as they take the greatest care in handling these delicate machines and deliver in an expedited manner with reliable tracking.

Care instructions

A personalized letter is included with each typewriter and details basic operational instructions as well as some useful typewriter related links.

NOTE: Please be mindful of the 3-day window to provide feedback regarding performance issues. Please give your typewriter a test run right away - Teipiadur WILL NOT be responsible for mechanical issues reported after 72 hours of receipt.

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