And I finally found a close cousin of this Royal Portable! I should have checked Robert Messenger's Museum blog first given his vast and beautiful array of typewriters. His machine appears to be a second generation Portable dressed head to toe in shiny chrome. Gorgeous!
Before I get carried away, I invite any of you possessing a chrome and wood grain Royal to step forward lest I totally embarrass myself. I think this is a fairly unique machine. Even if it is not, there will now be a digital record with plenty of photos.
|Here is the chrome and wood grain Royal Portable looking shiny and clean. For the record, I don't smoke, but the lighter seemed to fit the scene. So would a .38 Special and a tumbler full of Scotch on the rocks.|
|This is a first generation Royal Portable as indicated by the exposed ribbon spools. The chrome is high quality and in really great shape with only a few tiny rust pits. Not bad after 83 years!|
|Egregiously reflective chrome typewriter porn shot.|
I kept the keys above water for the immersion bath (2 wash + 2 rinse cycles). The prior owner of long ago was rightly proud and appears to have displayed it prominently in a house full of cats. Even after dry brushing, the wash water was beyond disgusting with fur, dirt, old oil and pencil and eraser shavings.
The one advantage to basement storage is that the rubber rollers are still flexible. Excess humidity is good for something!
The case, I am reasonably sure, is beyond salvaging and will need to be burned. It is in great condition, but the smell...oh, my! Perhaps a friendly key chopper will have an extra case I can pick up on Etsy or Ebay.
|I hand washed and waxed around the two decals on back. After looking at many photos online, I was surprised to see little rhyme or reason to Royal decal placement. Some machines have decals on front and some don't.|
|This is a generic Royal type face with markings identical to those on a Royal De Luxe from a decade later. My lovely macro lens brings out the best and the worst. I really need to hit the type slugs with mineral spirits.|
|Yes, it is time for a photo overdose. This machine looks great from just about any angle.|
|I wish manufacturers had not quit doing raised decoration on the paper tables. The whitish smudge was already in the finish and didn't change with washing. I have not yet decided which wax to try on the painted surfaces.|
|Please help solve the mystery of the chromed Royal.|
This machine types pretty well but it is loud and not well suited to late night typing. The key feel is a bit heavier than the Triumph of the same era, but it should loosen up with a bit of exercise.
I look forward to your comments and speculations.