Made in late 1937
With Carry Case,
New Ribbon and Facsimile Instruction Book
The Royal De Luxe (later to become the Quiet De Luxe) was a development of the Royal model '0' first introduced in the mid-1930's. With the addition of a tabulator and paper guide, together with the distinctive black crackle-finish and chrome bands, it was certainly a cut above the basic model.
This particular machine looks to have been repatriated from Australia, where it was originally sold in 1937. It carries the wording 'Made in the British Empire' which really means that it was assembled in Royal's Canadian factory to avoid the import tariffs that would otherwise have been imposed had the machine been made instead at Royal's main factory in the USA!
In superb original condition, and showing little sign of wear, this machine has many years of serious use ahead of it. The platen is supple and grips the paper well; internal rubber stops have been replaced with new. The machine boasts a 42-character keyboard, a freehead (useful for lining up pre-printed forms) and a tabulator which operates with five sliding stops at the rear of the carriage. A feature of these machines is the large 'Touch Control' slider above the keyboard, which allows you to adjust the keyboard 'feel' from light to heavy. This machine is a real 'keeper'!
plus £25.00 UK Postage