1933 Royal 10 #SX-1569247
Status: My Collection
Hunter: Ian Brumfield (T1peM0nkey)
Created: 10-27-2014 at 09:40AM
Last Edit: 01-13-2015 at 05:20PM
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.