1937 Royal Portable Standard Model O, Working Manual Typewriter

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THE ROYAL MODEL 0 of the 1930s is both highly collectable and wonderfully functional as a daily-use typer. With its handsome gloss black enamel paint, nickel plated accents and glass keytops, Royal's Portable Standard is an excellent specimen of a bygone era.

While the pre-war portable MODEL O, as it's known, can often be found in estate sales and auctions, its commonality causes many collectors to overlook it. This is a mistake. The Model O was only made from 1934 to 1937 - the Royals that followed would morph into the Quiet De Luxe with a larger, boxier style and forfeit some of the 1930s unique design elements such as glass keys and glossy enamel paint. You'd be remiss to skip over a 1930s Royal - these machines are gorgeous to look at and a joy to own.

Besides, Mr. Rogers owned a Model O, and we all know how cool he was.



The *TOUCH CONTROL*, first introduced on the Model O, became the cornerstone of develpment for the Quiet De Luxe, the model which Royal would build their brand around after WWII. Other typewriter manufacturers rushed to copy this cutting edge feature and most post-war writing machines feature a personal touch option. Thanks, Royal.


Royals are defined by fine mechanics and a great keystroke - snappy response, smooth touch, and comfortable row height. They simply work without having to think about it, a low maintenance, unfussy writing machine - what a concept.

This particular machine is a fine example of everything gone right in Royal's classic design. The bell is as tenacious as a terrier, the glass keys beckon your touch; you could apply lipstick in the gloss exterior's mirror-like reflection, and meanwhile it's a dream to type on. The MODEL O is a dapper portable and makes a stunning addition to any home or office, drawing the eye and providing daily inspiration.

This typewriter has been cleaned, serviced and professionally polished and is in excellent working condition - at nearly 85 years old it's an octogenarian marvel.

IDEAL USER : Casual Correspondent, Collector, Artist, Set Decorator, the "mature" Typewriter Enthusiast

NOT FOR : Heavy use, ie. 10,000 words a day- types; Def not for Key Choppers or Sticky-Fingered Toddlers

- BRAND: Royal
- Model: Portable/Touch Control/Model O
- Serial #: O-629104
- Year: 1937
- Color: Black GLOSS
- Typeface : ELITE, 12 cpi

- QWERTY Standard Keyboard
- Touch Control
- Line Spacing (2) settings
- Variable Line Spacing
- Dual Color Ribbon Selector

MECHANICALLY: This machine is in EXCELLENT working condition.
It has been cleaned and serviced by the seller and is fully functional with no mechanical faults. The platen has been treated to restore its grip. The feed rollers are original, hard but still able to advance the page. The type bars and keys have been thoroughly detailed, the segment cleaned and all hinge points and carriage rails lightly lubed; all interior mechanisms have been freed from the tyranny of dust and debris.

COSMETICALLY: This machine is in VERY GOOD condition.
The black enamel gloss paint has had all oxidation removed and has been professionally polished, restoring the paint to its original lustre.
All nickel-trim accents and glass keys have been detailed; all name badges and decals are intact.

(If you're a collector looking for a MINT machine, please note the age wear on the name badge, touch control lettering and the number 5 key - these details visible in Pic. 9)

The original case is in VERY GOOD shape and bears only minor scuff marks conducive to a life well-traveled. The case has been cleaned and sanitized, it's latch points and hinges lubricated and polished; the case works as designed to protect and lock the machine in place for stability when traveling.

- Original Black Travel Suitcase
- NEW Black/Red Ribbon installed on Metal Spools
- Laminated Copy of Original Users Guide
- NEW Clear Dust Cover
- NEW Non-Skid Typewriter Pad

The Royal MODEL O weighs in at 10.5 pounds on the desk, 13 pounds in its travel case. Its measurements are approximately: 11 X 11 X 5.5


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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 working condition that have been cleaned and serviced by myself or another professional shop.

USPS Priority shipping is included for U.S. deliveries inside the 50 states; should you need to upgrade to expedited shipping, these options are available at an additional cost to the buyer during checkout, as are international shipping options.

Please expect normal delays for delivery within the U.S.A. due to Covid 19 and weather complications - should delays occur, please show consideration for our valued USPS workers during this pandemic & election year.
If you're purchasing for a destination outside the U.S. please allow 4-8 weeks for delivery during this unusual time in the world.

Shipping within the continental U.S.A is free.
Hawaii and Alaska, please contact before purchase as there may be additional costs associated with delivery.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING is available to some countries, please add to cart to see if your location qualifies - shipping cost is not included for international sales and will be the buyer's responsibility to purchase.



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Frequently Asked Questions

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Care instructions

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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. The type of ribbon installed on your new typewriter is clearly denoted in the listing.
Here is the 411 on ribbon:
A new NYLON ribbon will last for @ 350 pages of type; a new COTTON ribbon is good for @ 700 pages, and a premium SILK ribbon is good for up to 1500 pages.

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.

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Care instructions

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

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