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1933 Royal 10

Serial #SX-1569247

Luckily it scrapes off. But not with a toothbrush. It took manually scraping it off with toothpicks.

I got this machine from Peter Weil at Herman Price's typewriter gathering on October 25th 2014. This Royal 10 is the less common 'SX' variant, where the basket shifts instead of the carriage. Despite its damage, I'll try my hardest to have this machine fully functional and repainted, daresay restored, by next year's meeting.

Unfortunately the machine is not yet capable of producing a typesample.

UPDATE 1/13/15: The machine works! Almost fully! From here on out my work on it will be decidedly more restoration than repair. And after I decided to dig into the "less common 'SX' variant" the typosphere delivered. Unfortunately this revealed some incomplete and slightly misleading information in the TWDB tables for Royal. The SX ten came after 'Royal 10' was dropped from advertising and the 10 began going segment shift. The first 10s to be converted were the 18" and wider carriages starting in 1928 at 1,200,000. In late 1929 the 14" carriages went segment at 1,330,000 and the then-standard sized carriage of 10" was converted to segment in the end of 1931 at 1,470,000. The other sizes of carriage begin with their width instead of a prefix, and the 10" machines got an 'S' before the standard 'X' meaning 'Segment Ten'. These SX prefixed 10s were produced from 1931 to 1933, when the 10 series was changed again in 1934 to prefix 'S' and then rebranded into the 'Victory' machine, which was essentially a closed-top Royal SX 10. Royal 10s were shortly discontinued altogether.

I have also started compiling a database of sorts regarding the SX series of machines; the vast majority of them date from 1933 with two confirmed 1931 machines. My brother's SX ten, listed as a 1932, is actually a 1933.

Owned By: Ian Brumfield

Username: T1peM0nkey
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Points: 1166
Galleries: 85
Collection: 76
Sightings: 9

I've been hunting for typewriters since 2012, but I've loved them for long before that... about 2003. In the short amount of time in which I've started seriously collecting I've amassed a collection of over 65 machines (now specializing in Royals), one of which is parts. At the ripe old age of 20, to boot!

In November of 2013 I participated in National Novel Writing Month and hit a pretty decent 105,991 words; all written on manual machines. I think that this is a new record, but there isn't any official record keeping in the Typewriter Brigade.

I also run The Daily Clipper, which while admittedly abandoned for 2 years is back up and running, soon to bring you articles on all sorts of history. Scheming and planning a website on the same domain.

1933 Royal 10 Photo Gallery

The paper table on this machine is pretty rusty.

The keyboard is pretty nasty.

The forward logo is too close to the paint peeling to be salvageable.

The whole back of the carriage is corroded.

All of the nickel on this machine is shot.

All of the rubber on this machine is shot as well.


The rear right top panel is bent as well.

Like I said… no nickel was saved.

The keyboard cleaned up nicely.

Most of what I thought was corrosion was… nasty gunk.

Luckily it scrapes off. But not with a toothbrush. It took manually scraping it off with toothpicks.

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