1931 Vintage Royal Model P Portable Typewriter with case in beautiful Glossy Black finish! NOT an expert in typewriters! Please read the description fully and view all photos as they are part of the description! Feel free to ask any questions you may have! The prettiest machine for which I've had the honor of serving as'temporary caretaker.
I hope you'll love it as much as I do! Serial number P270549 places this Model P's birthday around the middle of 1931. What an amazing testament to how we USED to build things in America! Just look at the pics! The finish is glossy and black.
The chrome parts are nice. Perhaps showing a bit of discoloration from age... They are a very light beige or grey with black letters.... No way to know what they looked like in'31... The Royal logo on the back upper bar is stunning.
The logo and info plate on the reverse is bright, but has lost a bit of the detail along the way. The ribbon that's in the machine is old and dry... And I don't have a replacement.
You'll see that in the typing sample pic. CONDITION, FUNCTIONALITY: It types and 99% of the time the keys snap back down quickly with no stickies...
At least once or twice in my testing, a key did stick in the up position... Darn near 90 years old! Occasionally, when starting a new sentence, it would fail to type the first capital letter.
Also, it would occasionally fail to move forward, striking the next letter overtop the previous. The return lever works and advances the line spacing, however the lever is sluggish to return to it's starting position when you let go of it.
Sometimes the ribbon raiser is slow to drop back down after typing a letter. A NOTE ABOUT THE ROLLERS: The two small rollers on the bar that holds the paper to the platen are a replacement. The originals were badly misshapen and basically just fell apart in my hands. I had an IBM Selectric parts machine and by pure luck, the once from that machine slid right on the bar of this one!
They look pretty much like the originals and function fine so far. A Royal Typewriter expert may notice the difference. You can see a closeup of them in the pic of the typing sample. I will include the original barrels and retaining clips from the two originals with the machine.THE CASE: This comes with a functioning case with four clamps in the floor which engage the machine's base and which are working just fine. The case itself appears to be a faux alligator covered job and is fairly rough with a jury-rigged string handle and plenty of scuffs, scratches and the like. SERVICING: All we did was clean the typefaces and type bars with Q-tips and rubbing alcohol, and then add a sparing amount of Rem oil to the bars at the slots.
I did not try and oil or clean the carriage return or the ribbon lifter, so a drop or two in the right place may clear that up. Please remember that I'm not an expert, I may not have tested every function, and I may have missed some other defects in there somewhere.
If you'd like me to check something in particular, just ask! It will need additional servicing / adjustment / voodoo to pop in a sheet of paper and type up a strongly worded letter to your annoying neighbor. This typewriter has an amazing clean Art Deco / 1930's look that will serve as a conversation starter should you choose to display it!
It will look amazing amongst your collection, and if you choose, I'm pretty certain it could be made to be a regular user! The item "1931 Vintage Royal Model P Portable Typewriter with Case BLACK BEAUTY! Works" is in sale since Wednesday, November 25, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Typewriters".
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